20 Abandoned Places That Were Overrun By Nature
You won’t believe what happens when nature takes over abandoned buildings and how quickly they can turn into part of a forest.
When nature takes over
When buildings are left to rot and crumble to the ground dirt, rain, plants, and other elements take over the building until it eventually wears away to nothing. But sometimes, the way nature overruns man-made architecture is more beautiful than when the building was brand new.
Slowly becoming green
This abandoned flour and sawmill in Sorrento, Italy is slowly turning from gray stone to lush green. These abandoned churches are eerily gorgeous.
An abandoned beach house on the Gloucester shore in Massachusetts could be the perfect piece of property for a rehab project.
Mall to pond
The New World Mall in Thailand sits abandoned after it was discovered that the builders didn’t follow safety code for the structure. It was flooded with water after being left and it caused a bad mosquito problem for other buildings nearby. To help with the bugs, people added fish to the mall’s pond and now visitors often go inside to see them swimming around.
A regal residence
If this residence got the attention it deserves, it’d be quite the estate—just like one of these famous houses in each state.
The temple of Ta Prohm in Cambodia is being taken over by the roots of Bayon trees that surround the building.
Tunnel of love
Nature has formed a perfect arch of trees and other foliage around these tracks that a train occasionally passes through.
An old mansion in Abkhazia, which is a region next to Russia and Georgia along the Black Sea, with overgrown plants could be a prime rehab project. The high ceiling and loads of windows likely made for a striking image in a past life. Check out these pictures of real ghost towns in the United States.
Green decaying buildings
Ivy and moss wrap itself around almost every surface of this abandoned fishing town in China.
Moss on roof
Back in 2008, the History Channel put together a series called Life After People, which explored what the world would look like if nature were free to reclaim it. Conventional wisdom says that an abandoned area will start to look like a forest in about five years, The moss on the roof of this house signals just the beginning of the eventual destruction of the house. Moss will absorb moisture and degrade material like shingles. Some places get taken over by nature even if they are bustling with people. These are the places you need to visit before they disappear.