Atlas of Forgotten Places: Journey to Abandoned Destinations from Around the Globe

Travis Elborough (Author)
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Abandoned places are mysterious, strange, striking, neglected, hazardous and off-limits. Each sleeping monument offers a snapshot that transports you back in time, invites you to peer into hidden histories, unearth glamorous pasts and reveal dark truths.

From a disused New York subway station to a train cemetery in Bolivia, from a crumbling fourth-century castle to a derelict industrial monolith, from a vacant five-star hotel to a Soviet ghost town in the Arctic Circle. These locations are a stark reminder of what was, and the accounts in this investigative book help to bring their stories back to life, telling us what happened, when and why, and to whom .

Original maps and stunning colour photography accompany Travis Elborough's moving historic and geographic accounts of each site . Trace our lesser known human history through ancient sites and twenty-first century ruins, as well as the most contemporary examples of urban decay, like San Francisco's Alcatraz Island.

The book features over 40 sites, including:
  • Santa Claus, Arizona, USA: A festive tourist resort turned ghost town deep in the desert where once you could meet Santa Claus any day of the year;
  • Crystal Palace Subway, London, UK: One of the city's best-kept secrets is an underground, cathedral-like relic from where many Victorian commuters bustled through
  • Peter Ice Cream Factory, NSW, Australia: A booming factory that was expanded to accommodate demand, and even featured a staff swimming pool, now abandoned in favour of a more economically viable building;
  • Aeroplane Graveyard, Bangkok, Thailand: A large open wasteland where decommissioned planes rest, some entirely intact, surrounded be weeds and detritus, and presently occupied by families seeking shelter;
  • Balaklava Submarine Base, Crimea: The former top-secret Soviet submarine base that was kept off all official maps and known as Object 825 GTS;
  • Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra, Tuscany, Italy: Once dubbed 'the place of no return', this long-closed lunatic asylum once housed 6,000 patients who were never allowed to leave;
  • Tsaparang, China: A crumbling citadel in the Himalayas that inspired the myth of Shangri-La.

Also in the Unexpected Atlas series: Atlas of Improbable Places , Atlas of Untamed Places , Atlas of the Unexpected and Atlas of Vanishing Places (WINNER Illustrated Book of the Year - Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020).

Product Details

£20.00  £18.60
White Lion Publishing
Publish Date
5 October 2021

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