Silent Amphitheatre in Dovinė River Park, Lithuania

The silent amphitheatre in Dovinė River Park, Lithuania.(Image: Vilensija. Silent amphitheatre in Dovinė River Park, Lithuania)

In the woodland of Dovinė River Park in Lithania’s Marijampolė Municipality, this neglected open-air theatre makes for a surprisingly pleasant scene amid the trees and foliage. Unkempt grass has consumed the ground between the amphitheatre’s simple wooden benches, and the scene is blanketed by a layer of autumn leaves. The stage itself boasts a liberal coating of graffiti. Or perhaps it’s a scenic hangover from the last performance held here. It may not be as grand as the ruined amphitheatres of Ancient Rome (which we’ve explored previously). Abandoned or simply closed for the winter, it makes for an interesting landmark in the park.

Animal statue in Dovinė River Park, Marijampolė Municipality, Lithuania.(Image: Vilensija)

Marijampolė is one of 60 municipalities that make up Lithuania. Its territory spans the town of Marijampolė itself, and six surrounding communities. Other attractions in Dovinė River Park include the statue above.

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Gate to Arakül: Near Ghost Village in Azerbaijan’s Khojavend District

The gate to Arakül (also known as Arakel) ghost town in Azerbaijan, which was occupied by the Armenian Army in 1993 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.(Image: Unface-Photography Holger Diedrich. Arakül ghost town in Azerbaijan)

This haunting image featured on Wikimedia Commons (by Holger Diedrich) shows the neglected approach to a village that has is described as “almost abandoned”. The lonely gate itself, which is devoid of life and straddles an apparently deserted roadway, could be the stuff of a Hollywood back lot. But this is actually the entrance to Arakül, a near deserted settlement in the Khojavend District of Azerbaijan.

The district is also known as the Hadrut Region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an unrecognised state in the South Caucasus on the border of Europe and Asia. Arakül (also known as Arakel) was reportedly occupied by the Armenian Army in 1993, as the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh War neared its end game.

The ruined church at Arakel St. Mariam Astvatsatsin(Image: Unface-Photography Holger Diedrich)

Hundreds of thousands of civilians were displayed on both sides during the violent territorial dispute, and today villages like Arakül are near ghost towns amid the aftermath of one of several frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. The above photograph shows the ruined church at Arakel St. Mariam Astvatsatsin.

Local folklore holds that Arakül (or Arakel) was named after Thaddeus, patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, stayed there while preaching to the Armenians. Thaddeus is also identified as Judas Thaddeus, and better known in the Roman Catholic Church as St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.

Related: Ghost Towns: 20 Haunting Abandoned Villages of the World

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Gate to Arakül: Near Ghost Village in Azerbaijan’s Khojavend District

The gate to Arakül (also known as Arakel) ghost town in Azerbaijan, which was occupied by the Armenian Army in 1993 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.(Image: Unface-Photography Holger Diedrich. Arakül ghost town in Azerbaijan)

This haunting image featured on Wikimedia Commons (by Holger Diedrich) shows the neglected approach to a village that has is described as “almost abandoned”. The lonely gate itself, which is devoid of life and straddles an apparently deserted roadway, could be the stuff of a Hollywood back lot. But this is actually the entrance to Arakül, a near deserted settlement in the Khojavend District of Azerbaijan.

The district is also known as the Hadrut Region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an unrecognised state in the South Caucasus on the border of Europe and Asia. Arakül (also known as Arakel) was reportedly occupied by the Armenian Army in 1993, as the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh War neared its end game.

The ruined church at Arakel St. Mariam Astvatsatsin(Image: Unface-Photography Holger Diedrich)

Hundreds of thousands of civilians were displayed on both sides during the violent territorial dispute, and today villages like Arakül are near ghost towns amid the aftermath of one of several frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. The above photograph shows the ruined church at Arakel St. Mariam Astvatsatsin.

Local folklore holds that Arakül (or Arakel) was named after Thaddeus, patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, stayed there while preaching to the Armenians. Thaddeus is also identified as Judas Thaddeus, and better known in the Roman Catholic Church as St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.

Related: Ghost Towns: 20 Haunting Abandoned Villages of the World

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Navagio: Abandoned MV Panagiotis on Shipwreck Beach

"Navagio" (Shipwreck) Beach is home to the wreck of MV Panagiotis(Image: Walkerssk. “Navagio” is home to the wreck of MV Panagiotis)

According to Adventurous Travels, this isolated cove boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, is nestled in a remote location amid the sheer white cliffs of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. And true to its name, Navagio is home to the twisted wreck of MV Panagiotis, a 1930s Scots-built coaster that was abandoned after running aground in 1980.

Abandoned MV Panagiotis in Navagio (Shipwreck) Bay(Image: Badgernet. Abandoned MV Panagiotis in Navagio (Shipwreck) Bay)

The only way to reach Shipwreck Beach is by boat (though there is a viewing platform on the clifftop above), which is all well and good. The water is a clear blue that matches the sky, and the white sand is wonderfully pristine. What could possibly spoil it, other than the hoards of tourists visiting the beach that took its name from the rusting remains that have laid there for almost 40 years.

(Image: KatarzynaTyl)

MV Panagoitis was launched in 1937 by Scott & Sons of Bowling, on the north bank of Scotland’s Firth of Clyde. Originally named MV Saint Bedan, the 157-ft-long coastal trading vessel weighed in at 452 gross register tons and was fitted with a fitted with a 500 bhp diesel engine manufactured by British Auxiliaries Ltd.

Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos(Image: kristijan_meh)

The Panagiotis passed through several owners over the decades, and was ultimately registered at the Greek port of Piraeus. Her service life came to an end on October 1, 1980 when she ran aground on Zakynthos in a storm. Just how the ship ended up on what soon became known as Navagio Beach has until recently been a source of speculation.

(Image: Skyscraper. Map of Zakynthos showing the location of Navagio)

One version of events claims the Panagiotis ran aground while being chased by the Greek authorities, who suspected the ship of carrying a cargo of contraband cigarettes and alcohol. When MV Panagiotis struck the seabed, the smugglers were allegedly brought to justice, and the vessel was abandoned on ‘Shipwreck Beach’.

(Image: Steve N)

But this story was debunked last year by the Greek Reporter, which said that its former captain had explained what really happened amid news the historic landmark is set to undergo conservation work.

The website wrote: “Signage will be constructed to give greater insight into the history of the wreck that many mistakenly believe belonged to a ship smuggling contraband, cigarettes, wine, and women. Captain Charalambos Kompothekras-Kotsoris, however, recently came out with the real story of how his ship ran into disaster due to bad weather conditions and mechanical failure on October 2, 1980, while traveling from the isle of Kefalonia to Albania.”

(Image: nistorarmin)

The Panagiotis was initially seen as an environmental hazard before its locals noted its tourist appeal. Interestingly, Bowling Harbour in West Dunbartonshire, where the coaster originally called MV Saint Bedan was built, is itself now home to myriad abandoned vessels from decades past, beached and rotting away on the banks of the Clyde.

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Abandoned Fort Ord: Once “America’s Most Beautiful Army Base”

The now largely abandoned Fort Ord military base in 1941(Image: USAAC. The now largely abandoned Fort Ord military base in 1941)

Atlas Obscura called it “America’s most beautiful Army base”, and it’s easy to see why. Fort Ord was established in 1917 and occupies 45 acres of land along Monterey Bay, on the California coast. In its heyday, it was home to more than 50,000 active duty troops at a time.

Soldiers training in abandoned Fort Ord buildings(Image: DirectorG. Soldiers training in abandoned Fort Ord buildings)

The now largely-abandoned army base was initially dedicated to field artillery training. The facility was originally named Camp Ord for the Union Army Major General Edward Otho Cresap Ord. Horse cavalry continued to be trained there until the army made the shift to mechanised warfare. By the time the menacing spectre of World War Two loomed on the horizon, Camp Ord became Fort Ord and home to the 7th Infantry Division.

(Image: Torml)

Over the decades, Fort Ord remained am important part of the US military’s infrastructure. It was a staging ground for troops being deployed to combat in the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as peacetime deployments to Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines.

(Image: Bureau of Land Management)

The storied military base only approached the end of its operational lifespan in 1988, when President George W. Bush approved the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation that would ultimately see Fort Ord shut down in 1994.

(Image: Torml. A line of disused barrack blocks)

Part of the reason for its record-breaking closure – it was the largest military base to close down at the time – was a discovery made by the Environmental Protection Agency. Underground storage tanks that were used to store waste materials from the base and the surrounding areas were leaking into the groundwater. Rectifying the spillage became a national priority.

The surviving Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital(Image: Chrismcelwain. The surviving veterinary hospital)

Atlas Obscura estimates that around 20 percent of the mostly abandoned Fort Ord’s original buildings still standing. Fortunately, these include some important pieces of history, such as the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital, which was built in 1941 to oversee the care of the 1,400 horses belonging to the 76th Field Artillery Regiment.

Fort Ord National Monument by Monterey Bay in California.(Image: Bureau of Land Management. Fort Ord National Monument)

It remains the only World War Two-era medical facility dedicated to the care of the military’s horses still in existence, although some of the nearby stables were demolished in 2011. Tours are occasionally given and, nearby, a strip of land was designated Fort Ord Dunes States Park. In 2012, President Barack Obama established the Fort Ord National Monument, forever preserving this important relic of American military history.

Read Next: 10 Historic Border Fortifications & Military Defences of Wartime Europe

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Abandoned Fort Ord: Once “America’s Most Beautiful Army Base”

The now largely abandoned Fort Ord military base in 1941(Image: USAAC. The now largely abandoned Fort Ord military base in 1941)

Atlas Obscura called it “America’s most beautiful Army base”, and it’s easy to see why. Fort Ord was established in 1917 and occupies 45 acres of land along Monterey Bay, on the California coast. In its heyday, it was home to more than 50,000 active duty troops at a time.

Soldiers training in abandoned Fort Ord buildings(Image: DirectorG. Soldiers training in abandoned Fort Ord buildings)

The now largely-abandoned army base was initially dedicated to field artillery training. The facility was originally named Camp Ord for the Union Army Major General Edward Otho Cresap Ord. Horse cavalry continued to be trained there until the army made the shift to mechanised warfare. By the time the menacing spectre of World War Two loomed on the horizon, Camp Ord became Fort Ord and home to the 7th Infantry Division.

(Image: Torml)

Over the decades, Fort Ord remained am important part of the US military’s infrastructure. It was a staging ground for troops being deployed to combat in the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as peacetime deployments to Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines.

(Image: Bureau of Land Management)

The storied military base only approached the end of its operational lifespan in 1988, when President George W. Bush approved the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation that would ultimately see Fort Ord shut down in 1994.

(Image: Torml. A line of disused barrack blocks)

Part of the reason for its record-breaking closure – it was the largest military base to close down at the time – was a discovery made by the Environmental Protection Agency. Underground storage tanks that were used to store waste materials from the base and the surrounding areas were leaking into the groundwater. Rectifying the spillage became a national priority.

The surviving Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital(Image: Chrismcelwain. The surviving veterinary hospital)

Atlas Obscura estimates that around 20 percent of the mostly abandoned Fort Ord’s original buildings still standing. Fortunately, these include some important pieces of history, such as the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital, which was built in 1941 to oversee the care of the 1,400 horses belonging to the 76th Field Artillery Regiment.

Fort Ord National Monument by Monterey Bay in California.(Image: Bureau of Land Management. Fort Ord National Monument)

It remains the only World War Two-era medical facility dedicated to the care of the military’s horses still in existence, although some of the nearby stables were demolished in 2011. Tours are occasionally given and, nearby, a strip of land was designated Fort Ord Dunes States Park. In 2012, President Barack Obama established the Fort Ord National Monument, forever preserving this important relic of American military history.

Read Next: 10 Historic Border Fortifications & Military Defences of Wartime Europe

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SS Atlantus: New Jersey’s Concrete Shipwreck

Wreck of the concrete ship SS Atlantus off Cape May, New Jersey(Image: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Wreck of the concrete ship SS Atlantus)

Aground off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey, a hulking shipwreck serves as a lasting reminder of perhaps one of the most unusual wartime construction projects the US ever undertook: the concrete ship. The idea of a concrete ship may come as a surprise to many. But after World War One, concrete was considered an appropriate low cost material for constructing supply ships and troop transports.

(Image: via Wikimedia)

According to Weird NJ, the SS Atlantus and her concrete sister ships were the brainchild of one Norseman N.K. Fougner. Fougner was asked to develop alternate shipbuilding methods when traditional materials, such as steel, became difficult to come by due to World War One.

(Image: Boston Public Library)

The Atlantus was the first of his experimental concrete ships, launched in 1918. Twelve were built altogether. But perhaps not surprisingly, they were soon deemed to be both impractical and slow. Nicknamed “floating tombstones”, the ships more properly dubbed the “Concrete Fleet” were quickly decommissioned.

(Image: TypoBoy)

In 1926, SS Atlantus was given a brief reprieve when a businessman rescued her from her Virginia ship graveyard and attempted to put her back into service (sort of) as a dock for ferries that would operate between Cape May and Lewes, Delaware. But the plan was short-lived. On June 8th that year, she was jarred loose in a storm and sank off Sunset Bay, New Jersey.

(Image: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons)

Over the decades, chunks of the abandoned ship’s superstructure have broken away and sunk beneath the waves. However, the ruined shipwreck – battered by the elements – is still in evidence. One of her more ironic uses over the years was to serve as a de facto billboard for boat insurance.

(Image: Neil DeMaster)

The wreck of SS Atlantus remains a popular sight for tourists today, though her condition has noticeably deteriorated as the years have passed her by. An unmistakable spectacle from the nearby beach, there’s no telling how much longer this offbeat monument to one of America’s strangest shipbuilding projects is set to last.

Related: Mallows Bay: The “Ghost Fleet” of the Chesapeake

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SS Atlantus: New Jersey’s Concrete Shipwreck

Wreck of the concrete ship SS Atlantus off Cape May, New Jersey(Image: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Wreck of the concrete ship SS Atlantus)

Aground off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey, a hulking shipwreck serves as a lasting reminder of perhaps one of the most unusual wartime construction projects the US ever undertook: the concrete ship. The idea of a concrete ship may come as a surprise to many. But after World War One, concrete was considered an appropriate low cost material for constructing supply ships and troop transports.

(Image: via Wikimedia)

According to Weird NJ, the SS Atlantus and her concrete sister ships were the brainchild of one Norseman N.K. Fougner. Fougner was asked to develop alternate shipbuilding methods when traditional materials, such as steel, became difficult to come by due to World War One.

(Image: Boston Public Library)

The Atlantus was the first of his experimental concrete ships, launched in 1918. Twelve were built altogether. But perhaps not surprisingly, they were soon deemed to be both impractical and slow. Nicknamed “floating tombstones”, the ships more properly dubbed the “Concrete Fleet” were quickly decommissioned.

(Image: TypoBoy)

In 1926, SS Atlantus was given a brief reprieve when a businessman rescued her from her Virginia ship graveyard and attempted to put her back into service (sort of) as a dock for ferries that would operate between Cape May and Lewes, Delaware. But the plan was short-lived. On June 8th that year, she was jarred loose in a storm and sank off Sunset Bay, New Jersey.

(Image: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons)

Over the decades, chunks of the abandoned ship’s superstructure have broken away and sunk beneath the waves. However, the ruined shipwreck – battered by the elements – is still in evidence. One of her more ironic uses over the years was to serve as a de facto billboard for boat insurance.

(Image: Neil DeMaster)

The wreck of SS Atlantus remains a popular sight for tourists today, though her condition has noticeably deteriorated as the years have passed her by. An unmistakable spectacle from the nearby beach, there’s no telling how much longer this offbeat monument to one of America’s strangest shipbuilding projects is set to last.

Related: Mallows Bay: The “Ghost Fleet” of the Chesapeake

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The Abandoned Haludovo Palace Hotel, Croatia

The abandoned Haludovo Palace Hotel in Croatia(Image: Tor Lindstrand. Abandoned ruins of the Haludovo Palace Hotel in Croatia) 

Abandoned casinos will always have their tales to tell, and Croatia’s crumbling Haludovo Palace Hotel doesn’t disappoint, right from its inception. According to Sometimes Interesting, the mastermind behind the project was American businessman Bob Guccione. While that name might not be familiar, the magazine that Guccione built his fortune with certainly is: Penthouse.

(Image: Tor Lindstrand)

At a time when Guccione was looking for investment opportunities, the perfect one presented itself in one of the more unlikely places. Yugoslavia, despite being a communist country, was open to foreign investment and the transfer of money across state boundaries. As a result, Bob Guccione decided to invest some $45 million into the luxury resort in Rijeka, believing that it would attract like-minded businessmen.

The crumbling ruins of the one-time Penthouse Adriatic Club at the Haludovo Palace Hotel(Image: Thorsten Schroeteler)

When the Penthouse Adriatic Club at the Haludovo Palace Hotel first opened its doors in 1972, it offered the sort of luxury that most people would only find on television. Guests feasted on lobster and caviar while relaxing among the fountains, hanging gardens, and alongside the pools, one of which was allegedly filled with champagne.

(Images: Tor Lindstrand)

Guccione reportedly brought his own ‘Penthouse Pets’ to the opulent resort hotel and casino to serve as hostesses, and the Penthouse Adriatic Club at the Haludovo Palace Hotel made headlines around the world. In a strange twist, it would be cultural differences that would strike the first blows against the lavish Haludovo Palace Hotel.

(Images: Tor Lindstrand)

While Guccione advertised his Pets as “new soldiers of the Cold War”, Western tourists didn’t take to the resort as expected, and locals were forbidden from gambling. Furthermore, Yugoslavia’s socialist self-management ethos gave employees powers to make decisions through assemblies.

(Images: Tor Lindstrand)

By 1973, new legislation cracked down on casinos owned by foreign parties, and Guccione had himself been pushed out by 1974. Ownership was reportedly transferred to a worker-run company who agreed to pay Bob Guccione as an employee. The ‘Penthouse’ tag was dropped from its name, which simply became the Haludovo Palace Hotel. Extravagance ended, somewhat, but the resort was still known to be an upscale destination.

(Images: Tor Lindstrand)

By the 1980s, conflict in Yugoslavia was taking its toll not just on the country, but on the Haludovo Palace Hotel. Last turning a profit in 1990, the ailing resort was used briefly as a refugee shelter in the early part of the decade. When those refugees were forced off the property, they reportedly took everything that they could carry with them.

(Image: Tor Lindstrand)

Balkanist reported on what later happened to the property. According to the website, the last guests came and went around 2002. Since that time, the abandoned Penthouse Adriatic Club at the Haludovo Palace Hotel, the very embodiment of ostentatious wealth and luxury, has been left to the mercy of vandals and the elements.

(Images: (1, 2) Usien)

Related: 10 Abandoned Hotels Across Eastern Europe Asia, Africa & Oceania

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Hunters Point: Abandoned San Francisco Naval Shipyard Building

An abandoned building in the former San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point.(Image: Dllu. Abandoned building at former San Francisco Naval Shipyard)

The San Francisco Naval Shipyard, which occupied 638 acres of waterfront at Hunters Point in the southeast of the city, was built in 1870 and closed permanently in 1994. Since that time large swaths of the former US Navy facility have been decontaminated as part of a superfund cleanup operation and sold to the private sector. Some of these land parcels are now under redevelopment as condominiums. But in other corners of the historic shipyard, which was purchased by the Navy in 1940, just one year before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, original buildings linger on in varying states of disrepair and decay. The derelict leviathan of a structure pictured above (in October 2016) echoes the history of this stretch of the Hunters Point waterfront and its long association with the US military’s San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

Dry dock 4 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard(Image: Sanfranman59. Dry dock 4 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 2012 )

Related: Map Reveals Location of San Francisco’s Buried Ships

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