10 creepy places abandoned by humanity [SLIDESHOW]

Humans can live almost anywhere. But every once in a while, we make the smart decision to leave.

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  • Oradour-sur-Glane, France was decimated by the Nazis in World War II. Six hundred forty-two citizens were killed there, and visitors to the abandoned town are asked to remain silent out of respect for the victims. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Humberstone, Chile is located in a desert. Eventually, the hostile environment drove the inhabitants away. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Discovery Hut was built in Antarctica by a team of explorers in 1902. Thank the deep freeze for the well-preserved interior. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Depending on who you talk to, the Hotel del Salto in Colombia was either abandoned due to polluted water or a haunting. Either way, it looks like a great location for a horror movie. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Hashima Island, off the coast of Japan, was built around large coal deposits. As coal became less and less popular as a fuel source, the island lost all its inhabitants. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Kolmanskop, Namibia was once a successful German mining town. When the Germans left, the desert took over. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Over 20 years after the Chernobyl meltdown, the Ukrainian city of Pripyat still remains too unsafe to live in. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • According to legend, a magician laid a curse on the abandoned city of Bhangarh, India in the 16th century. The legend has held up over time, and today there's a prominent sign outside the city that reads: "Entering the borders of Bhangarh after sunset is strictly prohibited." (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Germany's Beelitz Heilstatten Military Hospital was a working hospital during both World Wars -- Hitler recovered from a leg wound here. It was taken over by the Soviet Union and then neglected after the fall of the USSR. (Wikimedia Commons)
  • After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the Six Flags amusement park was abandoned. (Wikimedia Commons)