When buildings have served their purpose – and their inhabitants have moved on – what do they become? Sometimes they're redesigned or knocked down, but other times they might be left to the ravages of nature. These spooky abandoned buildings are dotted all over the world, from graffiti-covered art-deco homes in Singapore to decaying sanatoriums in Germany.
But abandoned is far from forgotten — fans of obscure history (and Atlas Obscura aficionados) have ensured they haven’t totally fallen off the map. Whether they've been deserted because of political change or economic collapse, or just neglected by their owners, this list is sure to give you the creeps. Here are 11 of our favourite abandoned buildings around the world – plus the unusual stories behind them.
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