Usually the sight of an abandoned or dilapidated building, or even an unfinished construction site, is a sad sight. People often do not finish grandiose projects and abandon their already created in the name of something else.
The ruins are sometimes even frightening - this is the place where people left, but an invisible story, some kind of energy, remained. People have discovered that these objects can serve other functions as well, which we will discuss below.
Hitler's Hollywood mansion. In the 1930s, there was a Nazi organization called Silver Shirts in America. Its representatives believed that Hitler would soon take over the whole world. For this, the Nazis began to prepare the ground in the literal sense. Wealthy landowners Normam and Winona Stevens, as well as mining tycoon Jesse Murphy, spent $ 4 million to acquire a villa from famed Western actor Will Rogers. The amount is considerable, today it equals 66 million. The admirers of the German leader hoped that after the seizure of power in the country, Hitler would build his base here. Initially, however, the ranch was not good enough to receive such a distinguished guest. Then the "Silver Shirts" carried out a major overhaul in the building, built a bomb shelter, and planned where the numerous guards would be. The building was equipped with a diesel power plant and air conditioning. The plans were to include a swimming pool, gym and library. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the construction of the mansion stopped - the FBI arrested about fifty members of the organization. The house, considered at that time one of the most expensive private real estate in the world, remained abandoned. Today the ruined building is covered in graffiti. In 2012, the authorities announced their desire to even raze the place to the ground and allocate it for picnics.
Fordlandia. Henry Ford was a man who was not afraid to dream. But this is what helped him to implement large projects. Ford Motor Company has revolutionized the global automotive industry, affecting the entire industry in the country. But for a businessman this was not enough, he dreamed of changing the whole world. In 1928, Ford began to invest heavily in the establishment of a rubber plantation in an isolated area of the Amazon rainforest. At first glance, it may seem that the project had good economic motives. The car company really needed huge amounts of rubber to make tires. In fact, the project had much more global goals. Especially for the Brazilian workers who worked all day on the plantation, a city was built in the American style. There were golf courses, hamburgers, ice cream parlors, and classic white fences. This settlement was named Fordlandia and was copied from Dearborn, Michigan. Residents were obliged to engage in gardening, banning the use of alcohol. As you can see, Ford dreamed of making model Americans out of primitive Brazilians. Sadly, Ford's mission to bring civilization to the Amazon ended in failure. First of all, the Brazilians did not like the American style of dress imposed on them. It was in no way suitable for a humid and hot climate. The workers had to eat unusual black bread and canned peaches. The Brazilians did not understand why they had to work on hot days and not on chilly evenings. The city was built among the jungle, leading to epidemics of malaria and yellow fever. Local residents have learned to bypass the ban on the sale of alcohol with the help of illegal bars. The Brazilians also did not like the new American houses, as a result, they left Fordland immediately after receiving the calculation. In total, Ford invested $ 20 million in the construction of an American town in a foreign land. They managed to sell it in 1945 together with the plantation to the Brazilian government for only 250 thousand dollars. And today, in the jungle of the Amazon, an American ghost town is rotting and falling apart.
Space cannons in Barbados. On the Platinum Coast of Barbados, there are some of the most expensive real estate properties. This place is packed with villas, hotels, golf courses. Surprisingly, such a piece of paradise also hides the legacy of the Cold War. At one time, America, together with Canada, launched the HARP project (not to be confused with HAARP, which supposedly affects the ionosphere). According to plans, huge cannons were built in Barbados that could launch their shells into space. The project was led by Dr. Geralzh Bull. This Canadian engineer was literally obsessed with building huge cannons. Don't look for Freudian motives in this, he just loved explosions. Every time a cannon built was fired, an earthquake shook all the houses on the island's south coast. As a result, the military department was even forced to pay for the repair of nearby dwellings. In 1968, funding for the project stopped, because then the American authorities realized that there were cheaper ways to launch weapons into space. And the government of Barbados was hostile to the extension of the telephone lease after learning that Dr. Bull was involved in the illegal supply of arms to South American apartheid. Then the huge cannon was simply abandoned. Since then, the huge weapon has been slowly rusting under the influence of the sea breeze. The iron relic has survived to this day, towering over the waters of the Caribbean Sea. And Dr. Bull died mysteriously in 1990 when he illegally began building a similar giant cannon for Saddam Hussein.
Aleister Crowley's Abbey of Sex Magic. In the history of England, Aleister Crowley remained a mystic and dark magician. This man was not afraid to call himself "The Great Beast 666". British tabloids openly called him the worst man in the world. And Crowley was born into a wealthy family of brewers. But he did not follow in his father's footsteps, becoming a preacher of the occult, bisexual relationships and sex magic. Crowley declared himself a prophet who is to give humanity a new path. The whole life of this extraordinary person outraged the conservative English circles of that time. After studying the history of other mystical orders, Crowley decided to create his own abbey, where he could preach his new religion. The central idea of Thelema was: “Do what you want, that's the whole law. Will-directed love is law. " After consulting with his spiritual mentors, Crowley chose the small quiet town of Cefalu in Sicily to house his abbey. Crowley's devotees purchased several old one-story villas and created communal dwellings from them, as well as a ceremonial temple for their magical rites. Crowley himself covered the walls with murals depicting sexual practices, demons, laughing goblins. And the frescoes in the "prophet's" own bedroom turned out to be especially rich and scary. It was called the "nightmare room" and rituals with the use of psychoactive substances were performed here. Thanks to hallucinations, believers saw terrible pictures in reality. Only in 1922 was the abbey closed. The reason was the death of Raoul Lavdey, a student of Crowley. His widow in London gave an interview to the press, where she said that her husband was either poisoned or killed by black magic. It was later revealed that Loveday had been poisoned by contaminated water from a nearby stream, as Crowley had warned him about. But the press raised a fuss and the Mussolini government, which did not particularly welcome sexual practices, quickly took the excuse, closed the abbey, and Crowley himself was expelled from Italy. Local residents partially covered up demonic frescoes. The villa has remained in ruins until now, remaining uninhabited. Even through the whitewash, Crowley's psychedelic frescoes are visible. And although the Italian government is trying to sell this object to someone, there are still no willing ones.
Plymouth, Montserrat Island. There are many stories when the volcano buried settlements with its eruption. The most famous example is Pompeii near Vesuvius. But this city was even more unlucky. There is a quiet islet of Montserrat in the Caribbean Sea. It was hit by a powerful hurricane in 1989, which turned 90% of the buildings into ruins. But the inhabitants of the island and the inhabitants of the city of Plymouth joined forces to rebuild, not succumbing to despair. And in 1995, the inhabitants of Plymouth were taken out of the island due to the danger of the eruption of the awakened Soufriere Hills volcano. A year later, the inhabitants of the island returned back, believing that the danger had passed. But on June 25, 1997, the eruption did take place, and the city of Plymouth was buried under a layer of mud, ash and solidified lava. Today the city remains buried - the tops of houses, cars and even red telephone booths stick out from the ground. The ash quickly hardened to the density of concrete. In some places, the roofs of high-rise buildings are barely visible from the ground. That disaster claimed the lives of 19 islanders. The inhabitants of Plymouth left their city forever, and the island remained virtually uninhabited.
Goossenville. For the 144 families who called this French town their home, it seemed like heaven on earth. After all, a cozy and well-lit town is located in the green suburbs of Paris. But he did not absorb the features of the neighboring metropolis, remaining charming and friendly in a rustic way. But in the summer of 1973, a prototype of the Soviet supersonic passenger plane TU-144 fell on Goossenville. The liner swept through the small town, destroying 15 houses and killing eight local residents. All six crew members died in that accident. This catastrophe outlined a new future for the town. The era of air transport has come. Just a year after the accident, Paris de Gaulle International Airport was opened. The airport is located just a few kilometers above the town. It quickly became one of the busiest in Europe. As a result, roaring planes began to fly low over Goossenville day and night. Houses were shaking, and people could not sleep. Residents began to write petitions, gather at the rally. But how could the authorities abandon the country's largest airport? Literally a year after its opening, almost all the townspeople left the city. Some of them fled so fast that they didn't even bother to sell their homes. Today the city has turned into a ghost, houses are gradually turning into ruins and overgrown with grass and bushes.
Renaissance Island Laboratories. In 1948, Vozrozhdenie Island was a small piece of land in the Aral Sea. The Soviet government decided to set up a small research laboratory there, away from prying eyes. With no access to the outside world, this facility has become a major center for the development of military biological weapons. For nearly 40 years, scientists have regularly tested their findings by releasing them into the air and testing the effects on livestock. Strains of anthrax, smallpox, bubonic plague and tularemia were tested on the island. Many of these viruses have been genetically modified to be even more dangerous than their natural counterparts. In 1971, the smallpox virus left the island, killing 10 people before it was eradicated. And in 1988, the Soviet military system, desperately trying to hide the results of its biological developments, brought all its stocks of anthrax strains to the island and carefully buried it. However, groundwater eroded the shelter, poisoning the island. The laboratory had to be abandoned. But worst of all, the island began to grow. In the 1960s, the rivers feeding the Aral Sea were started up for irrigation. The huge body of water began to shrink rapidly. By 2007, this lake, once one of the largest in the world, retained only a tenth of its area. This is how one of the most serious environmental disasters in history happened. Along with the reduction in the area of water, the area of the island also increased. Technically, he even ceased to be one, connecting with the mainland. Thus, in 2001, a land passage appeared to an area that CNN once called "a time bomb in the very heart of Central Asia."
Unique Sathorn Tower. In the early 1990s, Thailand's economy experienced a real boom. Huge cranes piled everywhere on the streets of Bangkok - hundreds of construction projects had begun in the country. Investors invested huge amounts of money building new skyscrapers. They were to be the essence of a new, wealthy Thailand. One of these buildings was the Unique Sathorn Tower, in which more than 600 apartments and shops were to open. But it turned out that the foundation for the construction was a shaky one, in a figurative sense. In 1997, Thailand was hit by the Asian financial crisis, which immediately froze large-scale construction projects. Among them was the gigantic Unique Tower. The complex of luxury apartments and offices had an interesting circular design in the form of hundreds of sparkling balconies. With the collapse of the national currency, construction was stopped. As of 2013, an abandoned futuristic 49-story building still stands in the center of Bangkok. Everything here is dilapidated and disorder reigns. Birds and rats live in the skyscraper. It is believed that the structure of the building is unstable, you should refuse to visit it - there are large holes in the floor here. To top it off, many of the vacant 649 apartments were inexplicably filled with creepy mannequins.
Don Laxon's mansion. In the 1920s, Filipino sugar tycoon Don Mariano Ledesma Laxon was struck by tragedy. During the delivery of their eleventh child, the Portuguese wife, Maria, died. Don Laxon was so grief-stricken that he decided to build a new house that would become a reminder of his beloved wife. This is how a magnificent Italian-style mansion was built, which gained fame as one of the most beautiful houses in the country. The house had a separate bedroom for each of the 10 children, as well as a balcony where the whole family was supposed to gather to watch the sunset. The columns of the house were engraved with an "M" in memory of Mary. Years passed and the Japanese came to the Philippines during World War II. The remarried Don Laxon learned that the invaders had decided to use his mansion to house their headquarters. Then the old man turned to the local underground workers, asking them to burn down his house. The fire is said to have been raging for three whole days. But even when the flames were gone, the base of the building remained standing. And today this mansion in the Philippines reminds of Don Laxon's love for a woman and his homeland.
Clipperton Island. This small coral atoll in the East Pacific Ocean lies west of Mexico. For most of its history, the island has been uninhabited and unremarkable. But for a short period at the beginning of the 20th century, people came here, which led to tragic consequences. Everything changed thanks to guano. Seabird droppings have been condensing here over the years, creating rich deposits of this biological substance at Clipperton. By the end of the 19th century, guano was in high demand as a very effective fertilizer. An island that no one wanted suddenly became the subject of a heated territorial dispute between France and Mexico.At first, the initiative was on the side of the Mexicans, who placed a small military garrison on the island under the command of Ramon Arno. This was a proud and ambitious officer who at first refused to go to serve so far, in fact, exile. But then he was assured that Arno was personally chosen by the president of the country, to protect the country's territory. By 1910, Arno led a garrison of hundreds of workers and soldiers. But then disaster struck. A revolution broke out in Mexico, and the country plunged into the chaos of a civil war. The small settlement on Clipperton was simply forgotten. The ships regularly coming here with food and medicine stopped doing this. For the islanders, all this was a mystery until they were told about the situation in Mexico by sailors from a passing American ship. The Americans offered the population to evacuate, because they did not have to wait for help from Mexico. But the proud Arno, tormented in his soul, decided to refuse. He remembered being sent by the president himself to maintain the country's borders and guard so much valuable guano. The officer waited for help to come and did not leave his post. This turned out to be a terrible mistake. By 1915, many of the islanders had died from malnutrition and scurvy. Arno, trying to atone for his guilt, along with three assistants, rushed in a canoe behind the ships passing in the distance. But the islanders could not catch up with the ships, and after the canoe overturned on the way back, the whole four drowned. By 1917, only one man and 15 women with children remained alive. The last representative of the stronger sex, Victoriano Alvarez, proclaimed himself the king of Clipperton and turned those who remained on the island into essentially his slaves. He beat and raped women. The cruel reign of the "king" ended thanks to two women, one of whom was Arno's widow. They took the man by surprise and beat him with a hammer, turning his face into a bloody mess. A few hours later, an American military ship moored to the island, which saved the few unfortunate inhabitants who survived. And the island has remained uninhabited since then, the remains of a settlement on it are a mute evidence of how dozens of human lives were given for guano.