1. El Hotel del Salto – Columbia
Built then subsequently abandoned due to contamination from the nearby river, neighbors of this hotel claim that it’s haunted – I don’t buy it. I know Magneto is somewhere inside.
2. Craco Ghost Town – Italy
Source: Martin de Lusenet on Flickr
Built in the 6th century and abandoned in 1963 due to natural disasters, it looks like the perfect hidden lair for a villain and his henchmen. Interestingly enough, Craco has become a highly sought after filming location. You may have seen it most recently in Quantum of Solace.
3. Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park – Japan
Source: Mandias on Flickr
Intended as a jobs creation project by the Japanese Government, this theme park lasted through 10 years of financial hardship before being abandoned by the owners. That’s the official story, anyway.
4. Holland Island – Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Source: Baldeaglebluff on Twitter
A once bustling town of fishermen and dock workers, shifting tidal and weather patterns forced the inhabitants of this small island to leave their homes in the 1920’s. This is the last remaining house on the island. I’m not sure who Aquaman’s archenemy is, but I’m certain he could be hiding out here.
5. Pripyat, Ukraine
Source: Roman Harak on Flickr
Abandonded after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the 1980’s, Pripyat stands as an eerie testament to the rapid evacuation of its residents. Radiation, isolation, creepiness…aren’t those the three main factors for any comic book character?
6. Hashima Island, Japan
Source: Kevin Dooley on Flickr
Nine miles off the coast of Nagasaki lies this former mining town, a maze of concrete buildings and eroding equipment. It was abandoned after its underlying coal mine had run dry, not to mention the constant threat of a marauding Godzilla attack.
7. Miranda Castle, Belgium
Source: Bert Kaufmann on Flickr
Built in 1886, this castle served as a residence until it was taken over for use as an orphanage after WWII. The orphanage closed in the 1980’s, and the family owners have since declined any offers for the estate. Though originally scheduled to be demolished in 2014, the family has decided to delay until a future date. It’s like Wayne Manor, if Batman was evil. We’re calling him ManBat.
8. Maunsell Sea Forts, England
Source: Diamond Geezer on Flicker
These towers were built during WWII to protect against Nazi invasion and decommissioned in the 1950’s. Despite being deemed structurally unsafe by the British Government, many intrepid urban explorers have found their way onto the forts in recent years. It’s the perfect place to hide out when the zombies come.
9. Devil’s Slide Bunker – California
Source: Wayne Hsieh on Flickr
Many of these bunkers were erected during WWII, due to the threat of Japanese invasion along the California coastline. Devil’s Slide is one of the last remaining bunkers built for this purpose. If you ask me, it looks like a really cheap version of Tony Stark’s fictional house in Malibu.
Built in the 1860’s, this mill was left after rising humidity levels in the valley made operation impossible. If there are no supervillains, I’m gonna have to bet it’s at least haunted.
11. Kalavantinicha Durg, India
Source: Rohit Gowaikar on Flickr
Little is known about the purpose of this towering fort near Panvel, India. It’s generally agreed that the fort was built around 500 B.C, but few historians have been able to discern it’s purpose. It’s the perfect mysterious lair for a mysterious villain, he just better be able to fly.
12. Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria
Source: KamrenbPhotography on Flickr
Originally built in 1981 to commemorate the beginning of the Bulgarian Socialist party, this dome has since been abandoned by the Bulgarian government. It has become an organic art gallery of sorts, due to the quality and diverse nature of the graffiti which covers the entire structure. Which is all a cover for the art related villain who resides there, of course.
13. Initiation Wells – Sintra, Portugal
Source: Celine Colin on Flickr
Part of the Quinta da Regaleira Estate, these underground structures have never been used as a water source, but instead as part of various tarot initiation rituals. Creepy, but fascinating.