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Urban exploration: Abandoned Castles from South West of France title=


Abandoned Castles from South West of France: random discoveries during wanderings in my home country. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Rooftops Around The World title=


Rooftops Around The World: at night, the city sleeps. Forbidden Places climbs. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: The Castle of Noisy - Miranda title=


The Castle of Noisy - Miranda: creepy, sneaky and filthy castle, come and have a walk into Sleeping Beauty's castle... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: The Palais Garnier title=


The Palais Garnier: V.I.P.trip into the heart of the Opéra de Paris. [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Brussels Metro title=


Brussels Metro: dive into the Brussels metro... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Vilvoorde Prison title=


Vilvoorde Prison: as many as 12,000 tramps, drunks, and prostitutes, all those that the society of the time considered a nuisance, were crammed in on four floors. The vaulted cells had narrow slits as the only source of light. A perpetual gloom reigned along the corridors that led to the many workshops... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: Internationale Film-Union GmbH title=


Internationale Film-Union GmbH: Little copy and synchronization studio lost in the woods. Don Camillo, Laurel & Hardy among many others have been germanized here... [Read more...]

Urban exploration: 1936 Berlin's Olympic Village title=


1936 Berlin's Olympic Village: like the 29 other Olympic villages, the 1936 edition has only had a short moment of glory. But unlike the others, the 1936 Olympics is possible the most significant games in our history [Read more...]

Recent comments list

Rick Vargas – Tampa
April 25, 2015 - 04:19

Hi Linda, your name sounds real familiar. My sister Lupe went to Glen Park School and actually coined the motto, "Glen Park School is small but on the ball."

I went to Riley too. Do you remember Mr. English, Ms. Dorsey or Mr. Gonzales?


Linda Wheeler – Kansas City, MO
April 22, 2015 - 09:56

I lived in Glen Park, Gary, Indiana, until 7th grade. We loved it, and it truly was beautiful. My dad worked at Inland Steel, and I went to Glen Park School and then Riley. I remember going downtown with my grandmother to Goldblatt's and some other stores. I walked to the Kennedy Library near our school, and to The Beauty Spot for lunch. We would go to the Dunes on the warm weekends, as well as Miller Beach. It is truly heartbreaking to see what has happened to the city. When I tell people I lived in Gary, the automatically have this stunned look on their faces and a sigh on their lips.

April 21, 2015 - 20:33

les photos à la pleine lune sont magnifiques! bravo

Kaper – Poland
April 17, 2015 - 18:24
Beelitz is amazing

I was there some time ago and i must to tell it;s amazing place! It's so dark and scary places where i was! I recommend to all. If you like abandoned places chech this site:

Deglas Christian
April 16, 2015 - 20:57

Il y a bien une quinzaine d'années, à l'époque où je préparais un livre sur la Belgique insolite, je suis tombé par hasard sur ce site. J'ignorais tout de ce lieu mais ce qui m'y a attiré, c'est tout d'abord le long accès par une voie privée, qui me faisait un peu penser à un film de Staley Kubrick. Au bout de la route je suis tombé sur ce impressionnant bâtiment qui me faisait penser à un ancien établissement pour le traitement de patients en cure de psychiatrie. J'y suis rentré par un accès côté sud mais avec beaucoup de méfiance à la fois par les nombreux détritus de pierre mais aussi avec l'impression d'être épié par des squatteurs. J'ai parcouru sur les étages jusqu'à une échelle sur l'une des plateformes accédant vers le toit. J'y entendais en permanence des bruits de craquements. L'odeur était particulère un peu comme du moisi. La fin de journée commençait à tomber et je suis reparti en me promettant d'y revenir. J'y suis retourner 4 ou 5 fois avec toujours la même curiosité et toujours ce sentiment d'insécurité. Mais j'observe de loin ce que deviendra ce magnifique bâtiment où chaque pierre à une mémoire de vécu mais qui restera muet pour l'éternité.

April 15, 2015 - 19:47

There was a body found the property..

Sally Godwin Chewter – Norwich
April 12, 2015 - 12:53
Working at Hellingly

I am a medical secretary and was delighted to get a job at Hellingly in the late 1980s, as PA to the Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Smout. I absolutely loved the job and the location, and I was gutted when the Thatcher government decided to close it, chuck out all the patients, who did NOT want to leave and were terrified of being sent out into the community - some had been there all their adult lives and were now elderly; and we were all made redundant. Then the place just stood and rotteed. Heartbreaking.

Rick – Tampa
April 12, 2015 - 05:13

MJ one of the best kept secrets as far as urban exploration goes anyways, are the Inland Steel administration buildings on Cline Ave near East Chicago Harbor. There are numerous buildings all made of red brick and I was in them back in the late 70s when I went with my Dad to fill out his retirement paperwork. The buildings have been behind tall fences since the early 80s and because they are off of the highway probably untouched all of these years. Unless you know where to look, you won't see them because the entire area is covered by foliage. Shoot me an E-mail at and I can give you more info if your interested.

Ziliani – Noto
April 11, 2015 - 09:39
Porto Palo

Le château a trouvé un propriétaire! Les travaux ont commencé...
A côté il y a une des plus anciennes tonneries siciliennes.
La mer y est fabuleuse, les oursins aussi avec un verre de vin blanc!

MJ – Louisville, KY
April 09, 2015 - 01:30

I plan to stop in Gary next week on my way to Chicago. I am a photographer and love to get in some urban exploration when I can. If there are any natives to Gary that still live in the area, any advice or exploring tips are much appreciated. I can be reached at