Some Of the World's Most Hauntingly Beautiful Ruins as Seen from Above

If you love creepy, abandoned places as much as we do, you'll fall for these 7 arresting aerial photographs that capture the haunting beauty of different ruins from around the world.

These images were captured with drone technology which has, in some ways, revolutionized the mediums of photography and film making. Check it out! 

1. Kos Island, Greece

Kos was once a thriving trading center in ancient Greece, visible now through the many old monuments and ancient ruins that mark this beautiful corner of the Mediterranean.

2. Slawikow, Poland

Built in the 13th century, the remains of Slawikow castle may be best appreciated from above. From this comprehensive vantage point, we can see the full layout of the ancient structure as well as the surrounding foliage.

3. Nara Dreamland, Japan

Nara Dreamland is a Japanese amusement park that has sat abandoned ever since 2006, when it closed permanently due to low visitor numbers. Now almost entirely overgrown, Nara is just one of many creepy and defunct recreation parks

4. Château de la Ferte-Vidame

This roofless shell of an estate, which was constructed in the 14th century, sits in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. We can only imagine the sprawling gardens that once painted the landscape surrounding the then-elegant chateau. For an artist's portrayal of the structure in its full grandeur, click here

5. Ixmoja Pyramid in Coba, Mexico

 In the ancient Mayan city of Coba sits the mysterious Ixmoja Pyramid, still proudly majestic despite its weathered exterior. As the tallest pyramid in the area, a climb to the top provides unmatched views of the lush, surrounding jungle. 

6. Olsztyn Castle in Poland

As one of the most visually dramatic ruins in Europe, this 14th century cliffside castle is a popular tourist destination and source of artistic inspiration. Abandoned in 1665, the scenic remains overlook the little village of Olsztyn and feature a large, free-standing prison tower.    

7. Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

The majestic and ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya sits about 660 feet above the vast forest below. It is the most visited historic site in the country (is it really hard to see why?) and is considered one of the best preserved examples of complex urban planning. Learn more about this fascinating structure here.

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Author: Nate Morgan