Abandoned places

Water Park


I don't know why or when this water park was abandoned. It is situated on Leopard's Hill outside Lusaka. The water slides and the structures around them seems to be robustly built, maybe it would still be possible to restore the park. The bush is taking over and it's easy to miss the place unless you know exactly where you're going. I found the last picture in the gallery online, it shows the place when it was still open.


Namib desert, Namibia

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia, 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. In 1908 the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector August Stauch. Realizing the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement, and soon after the German government declared a large area as a prohibited area, starting to exploit the diamond field. The town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954. 

Water station

Namibia Desert, Namibia

This station used to supply passing steam locomotives with water. It was probably abandoned sometime in the 1940's, when Germany's fortunes of war started turning and the nearby town of Luderitz lost its importance as a trading place.

Club Obolo

Mahé Island, Seychelles

This resort had its last guests 15 years ago. The place is now falling apart and the owners are nowhere to be seen. Once upon a time this must have been a spectacular place, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Vila Algarve

Maputo, Mozambique

The Vila Algarve belonged to the International and State Defence Police (PIDE) during Portuguese colonial rule. It was where political prisoners and others accused of conspiring to harm the regime were taken for interrogation and torture. There are claims that several individuals were executed in the building. The building has changed ownership several times and is currently a residence for the homeless. There is an ongoing debate on what should happen to this extraordinary building, some want to restore it and turn it in to a museum, some want to demolish it. 


In the countryside outside Stockholm I found this place hidden in the woods. It seems to be abandoned, but there are a few modern bits and pieces scattered around the place, suggesting that someone come and stays there now and then. It was empty when I was there, I think…

Lonely house

This place lies somewhere in the countryside, not too far from Stockholm. It seems like a renovation has started, but it is unclear whether this project in ongoing or if it has been abandoned.


These are photos from Slussen, a most probably soon to be demolished interchange and lock in central Stockholm. The demolition has been hugely debated in Stockholm between the side who wants to restore or rebuild the current construction and the side who wants a new, modern solution. The debate has led to significant delays, but as it looks now the latter side seems to be winning.

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