There is something deeply fascinating yet unnerving about stepping into an abandoned space - absorbing the atmosphere of a place that used to be filled with people, footsteps and conversations but now rests in the shadows. Featuring a solemn beauty with a quiet and sometimes eerie undertone, here are some of the most striking abandoned places around the world.

Barnes Hospital -Greater Manchester

Abandoned since 1999, this former hospital in Cheadle was completed in 1875 and is perhaps best known for its Gothic-inspired architecture. A grand reminder of its historic past, the site is soon to be developed into high-end apartments.

Photo Credit: Mark Davis

Castle Acre Priory- Norfolk

Situated on the edge of the quaint Norfolk village of Castel Acre, the Priory is one of the best-preserved monasteries in England. Dating back from 1090 it comprises an impressive array of abandoned buildings including former chapels, housing and cooking facilities as well as a herb garden.

Photo Credit: Anna Jacobsen

Detroit- US

With an abundance of derelict factories, houses and public spaces, Detroit is sometimes described as a contemporary American ghost town. After the fall of the automobile industry, the industrial city is now home to plenty of derelict spaces filled with an eeire sense of silence and a testament to times gone past. (*Pictured - Lee Plaza Hotel, completed in 1929 it was once considered Detroit's most prestigious residence).

Photo Credit: Yves Marchand & Romain Meffe

Goqui Island- China

A small abandoned fishing village now covered in wild greenery, the island of Goqui in the Zhousan archipelago by the Yangtze River in China is a beautiful statement to the power of nature and the passing of time.

Photo Credit: Jane Qing

Old Stock Exchange- Belgium

Situated in Antwerp, the old stock exchange dates back to 1872 and is an impressively beautiful space filled with natural light. Sadly it closed to the public in 2003 due to fire regulations, however stubborn urban explorers still seem to be able to find their way in.

Photo Credit: Cdric Mayence

Words by Anna Jacobsen

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