Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital in Brandenburg, Germany
. The building was a military hospital during World War I. After World War II it served Soviet troops based in East Germany, many of its wings being abandoned after the Russian army left in 1994. Image by Kre_geg/Depositphotos
Wola Gasworks, Warsaw in Poland. Opened in 1888, it was destroyed during World War II but rebuilt later before being closed in the early 1970s when the city switched to using natural gas supplies. Image by Fotorince/Dreamstime
Uyuni Train Cemetery in Bolivia. After the mineral mining industry collapsed in the 1940s, the railways that served the mines fell into ruin. Image by Javarman/Dreamstime
Hachijo Royal Hotel, Hachijojima in Japan. The Hachijo Royal opened in 1963 when Hachijojima, a volcanic island 178 miles off the coast of Japan was being promoted as the ‘Hawaii of Japan’. The hotel closed in 2003. Image by Sean Pavone/Dreamstime
Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Northern Jutland in Denmark. Situated on top of a cliff, the lighthouse was built in 1900 and ceased operating in 1968. Due to coastal erosion it is anticipated that by 2023 the cliff will cause the lighthouse to fall into the sea. Image by Elisabeth Coalfen/Dreamstime
Bodie, Mono County in USA. The remnants of the gold rush remain in the town. The last mine closed in 1942, following a war order that all non- essential gold mines in the United States be shut down. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, today Bodie is maintained in a state of arrested decay as a visitor attraction. Image by Eye35.pix/Alamy
Published by Amber Books, the collection features over 100 photographs of destinations all over the world, showcasing areas that have fallen into disrepair from lack of human maintenance. Images show children’s schoolbooks left open in former classrooms, trees entangled in rusted ferris wheels and grounded ships left stranded miles away from any water.
Geamana, Apuseni Mountains in Romania. Following the discovery of copper above the village in the 1970s, waste water was dumped in the valley and 400 families were resetled. Image by Salajean/Fotolia
Orpheum Theatre, New Bedford in Massachusetts USA. Owned by the French Sharpshooter’s Club of New Bedford, this theatre was leased to the Orpheum Circuit of vaudeville theatres and cinemasbefore being sold in 1962. Image by Frank C. Grace
Plymouth Courthouse Building in Montserrat. When the Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in July 1995, Plymouth was completely buried by ash. Following further eruptions, two-thirds of the population left as half of the island became uninhabitable. In theory, Plymouth is still the capital of Montserrat, giving it the unusual distinction of being the only ghost town that is also a capital city. Image by Richard Roscoe/Stocktrek Images/Alamy
The book explores 65 fascinating lost worlds in total, with images from a diverse range of countries and cultures. It is arranged thematically, featuring industrial sites, ghost towns, military zones and recreational areas.
Hashima, Japan. Used as the villain’s base in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall and situated nine miles off the coast from Nagasaki. It was abandoned following the mine's closure in 1974. Image by AP/Press Association Images
Jungle tree covering the stones of the temple of Ta Prohm in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Image by Vicnt2815/Depositphotos
Maunsell Forts, Thames Estuary in England. After being abandoned in 1958, some of the Maunsell Forts were later used as pirate radio stations. Image by Howard Kingsnorth/Getty Images
As well as showcasing the aesthetically pleasing collection of photographs, the book offers snippets of history and insight, with explanatory notes on each site featured. It includes spaces such as Bodie, California, where a gold rush town that expanded quickly was abandoned after running out of the precious metal and the Saltpeter works in Humberstone and Santa Laura, Chile that was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005.
Cape Romano, USA. Built in the early 1980s, these solar- powered homes were occupied for ten years before 1992’s Hurricane Andrew and 2005’s Hurricane Wilma damaged the houses. Image by Florida Images/Alamy
Unfinished hotel, near Fengdu Ghost City, China. Image by John Henshall/Alamy
Abandoned Places is available to purchase on Amazon now. Image by Abandoned Places
The author of the book, Kieron Connolly is a history graduate from Edinburgh University. As a journalist and editor, he has worked for a variety of different publications over the past few years. The Abandoned Places book is a compilation of work from different talented photographers who have explored the areas.