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  • UK has its own fare share of abandoned nightclubs and venues

    The legendary Hacienda music hall in Manchester wasn’t the only one that ceased to exist. While we were doing our research for that article, we found other music venues around the UK that, for whatever reason, got closed down.

    And these 3, in particular, we considered worth mentioning because they each had a direct impact on the youth culture and music scene of their era.

    The Turnmill...
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  • Three cinemas in Canada that became obsolete but deserve to be remembered

    When we did our research for all the abandoned and demolished cinemas across Canada, we couldn’t believe how many were there. That’s why we decided to cover the subject in 3 separate articles, discussing what we considered as the most important film theaters in the country. In the two previous articles, we talked separately about the former cinemas of Toronto and Montreal, which shaped those cities' film culture. And in this last one, we are looking across Canada, pinpointing those that ...
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  • Odeon Cinema: The oldest film theater in Manchester was demolished in April 2017

    In April 2017, a historic building in the city of Manchester was demolished to make room for a new office building called Landmark. This is pretty ironic, considering that the structure that was destroyed was already a genuine landmark. Manchester’s legendary Odeon Cinema was located on Oxford Street and was opened on the 6th of October 1930. Designed by Verit...
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  • São Vito: The building in Sao Paulo which was known as the largest vertical slum

    One of the largest metropoles today is the city Sao Paulo in Brazil. From a poor village, it became one of the greatest cities ever built that is the home of more than 20 million people. When Brazil became an independent country, many buildings were erected, and people from different ethnic groups came to live in the area. Today it is best known for its magnificent museums wit...
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  • Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Centre: Where champions were made

    The Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center began its life in a time of prosperity for the city of Detroit. It was built in one of the city's most deprived neighborhoods. Its initial purpose was to serve as a public library and it was among the most beautiful buildings ever built in Detroit. It was made with a combination of red brick and white stone. The design itself was devised by Mildner & Eisen. In addition to the red bricks and white stone, the lib...
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  • Abandoned Kingsway double decker tramway subway in London

    The Kingsway Tram Tunnel is an abandoned part of the London tramway subway connecting the northern and southern parts of the tramway subway systems in the Holborn area. At the time it was built, it was the first and only of its kind. The station was opened 111 years ago, on February 24th, 1906 and has stood empty for mor...
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  • Kinzua Viaduct: A rail bridge dubbed the eighth wonder of the world

    Pennsylvania is known for its extensive natural areas and forests. Rich in natural resources, it quickly became a target of a number of men and the sharp edge of their axes. Back in the 1800s, one of the most profitable developments in the area was the railroad. The development of railroads allowed for the transport of these natural resources, particularly coal, which was the foundation of many businesses in Pennsylvania and even ra...
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  • Lifta, Israel: these historic ruins at the edge of Jerusalem are in danger of disappearing

    Until 1948, the ancient village of Lifta was thriving community, but today it is only a ruined remainder of a glorious past. The place was gorgeous Palestinian Arab settlement located at the northwestern edge of Jerusalem.

    In the days before the formal foundation of the modern State of Israel, Jewish and Arab communities in Palestine entered into conflict and organized in militant groups to attack each other.

    The civil conflict later progressed into the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The village of Lifta was considered a strategic point at the entrance of Jerusalem and the leaders of the Jewish militant groups wanted to secure a clear path from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea.<

    Depopulated homes on the hillside/ Author: Yehudit Alayoff - CC BY-SA 4.0

    In December 1947, Jewish militants attacked the village of Lifta after receiving information that an Arab militant group was stationed there. After few days of battle with the Palestinian Arabs, they occupied the village. During the military action, all of the inhabitants escaped in various directions, mostly to the West Bank and the eastern parts of Jerusalem. By February of 1948, Lifta was abandoned.

    Lifta in relation to Jerusalem in the 1870s

    Most of the buildings were deliberately destroyed in order to prevent the eventual returning of the inhabitants. Today nearly 50 houses still remain, although in very derelict condition. There is also the old cemetery with the adjoining remains of the mosque, the basin filled with spring water, the ruins of the village club situated north of the spring and the remains of the courtyard built by knights during the time of the Crusades. Huge parts of the ruins are covered with vegetation.

    The ruined basin with spring water

    Lifta is a very old settlement. It was first mentioned in the old testament of the Bible as a Canaanite village, which was positioned on the borderline between two Israelite tribes, Benjamin and Judah. In the Biblical, Roman, and Byzantine epochs, the village was called Nephtoah. During the Crusades, it was known as Clepsta. Lifta had its highest period of development during the Ottoman era. Until the complete abandonment of the village, it was continuously inhabited for more than 2,000 years.

    Panoramic view of Lifta Author: יעקב - CC BY-SA 3.0

    As were most of the inhabitants of the villages in the region, the villagers in Lifta were predominately preoccupied with agriculture. The documents from the beginning of 20th century say that around the village there were 1,500 olive trees. In Lifta were also located at least 6 oil pressing facilities and they supplied all the citizens of Jerusalem with olive oil.

    The historic ruins are in danger of the modern age. Author: RonAlmog - CC BY 2.0

    The end of the WWII meant the end of the dark days for one nation and beginning of the bad fortune for another nation. The Jewish people that survived the Holocaust in Europe felt that the time for uniting of all of the Jews into one state has finally come. Huge numbers of Jews from Europe and around the world were arriving in Palestine. The leaders of the Arabs in Palestine felt threatened by the increasing number of the Jews in Palestine and started to organize militant groups in order to protect their villages and towns. Jewish leaders did the same because they were also afraid that the Arabs would destroy their new state. The result was an Arab-Israeli conflict in which many towns and villages were destroyed. Lifta is one of 400 villages and towns deserted by Palestinians during the war of 1948. It is the only village which wasn't completely destroyed or inhabited by Jewish people. The irrational fear from the both sides shaped the future of thousands of innocent people.

    The ruins are periodically visited by tourists. Author: RonAlmog - CC BY 2.0

    Before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War the village of Lifta was home to more than 3,000 inhabitants, most of them Muslims. The village was a modern settlement with more than 400 houses. It had a mosque, a completely equipped clinic, a school, a barbershop, two carpentry shops, and cafes. After the war, for a few years, Lifta became a refuge for the Jews that escaped from Yemen and Kurdistan. Some houses were reconstructed during that period. In the 1970s these buildings were used as a high school and drug rehabilitation center. Today the ruined structures are periodically visited by teenagers, tourists, homeless people, and drug addicts.

    The interior of one of the houses. Author: RonAlmog - CC BY 2.0

    Today Lifra is protected by the authorities as a nature reserve. But the authorities have plans completely to destroy the old village and to build a new elite suburb. The former inhabitants, but also a few Jewish organizations who are working for genuine peace between Arabs and Israelis, protested against this idea. They want the village of Lifta to be reconstructed, protected, and preserved as an important monument to the past of the region.

    An old door. Author: RonAlmog - CC BY 2.0

    The court suspended the development of the project for modernization of the ancient village. The negotiations are still in progress. The investors want to reconstruct only a few structures and to use the rest of the land for extravagant villas. The former inhabitants are strongly against that. The village of Lifta is in the process of entering the list of protected monuments of UNESCO. In the near future, the fate of Lifta will be decided. Will modern buildings replace it?

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  • Baron Empain Palace: An abandoned palace in Egypt inspired by a Hindu temple

    There is a mansion in Cairo, Egypt, that throughout the years has earned the reputation of a legendary place. A building to gain such a title in a country rich with history and to enter in a club of legendary monuments, like the Great Pyramid and Spinx of Giza, must have at least impressive architecture and to be shrouded in mystery, interesting rumors, and legendary stories. The Baron Empain Palace, also known as El Palais...
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  • George Brady School - The birth of the Brady Plan architecture

    A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.” This is a quote from the famous American writer Mark Twain. Unnecessary to say but education is the foundation upon which everything else gets built. The city of Detroit was when it came to education, and for that purpose, this with schools for all ages and of course for children with disabilities. Among these different schools, there is one elementary school located on the corner of Law...
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  • Whiteford Lighthouse - Where water fights with a cast-iron giant

    With strong tides, many shallow banks and large tidal range, the coastal waters where the Gower Peninsular of Wales protrudes into the Bristol Channel can be tricky to navigate. The numerous wrecks of ships that have fallen foul of this area, be it due to bad weather or piracy, add extra points on the navigation chart. So when the old lighthouse marking Whiteford Point began to deteriorate, responsibility fell to the Burry Navigation ...
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  • Wat Phra Si Sanphet - The tale of the riches of old

    It is 1350, and the Crown Prince U-Thong of the Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya (now part of Thailand) made a request. His wish was for a Royal Palace to be built upon the grounds of a piece of earth known as Nong Sano. Once built, the palace enclosed three structures made from wood. These buildings were once known as "Phaichayon Maha Prasat," "Aisawan Maha Prasat," and "Phaithun Maha Prasat." The monastery under a blue sky. Author: Guillén ...
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  • Wat Kudi Dao - The Monastery of the Star Dormitory and its battle against time

    There is no official date as to when the Buddhist temple complex in Ayutthaya, Thailand, was built. Estimates range from between 1351 and 1491. Wat Kudi Dao is also known in some records as the "Monastery of the Star Dormitory". It's location today is within the UNESCO World Heritige Site of Ayutthaya Historical Park, site of the ruins of the ancient Siamese city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. The monastery hall columns. Author: Mic...
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  • Detroit Public Schools Book Depository - And its anatomy of loneliness

    The year is 1926, and the city of Detroit is a need of a book depository. The location chosen for this new undertaking was 2231 Dalzelle Street, which itself is located in the neighborhood of Corktown. The Roosevelt warehouse. Author: Junkyardsparkle CC0 1.0 The task of designing this new structure was granted to Albert Kahn. To those of us not familiar with the architectural world, Albert Kahn was 'the' American industrial architect. In his time a...
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  • Abandoned last century power giant: Market Street Power Plant, New Orleans

    Market Street Power Plant is a fine example of early modernism factory architecture. Its massive great engines must have swallowed an uncountable amount of coal and gulped down more water than all of the citizens of New Orleans together. Also known as New Orleans Railway and Light Company and Market Street Generating Station, this beautiful steel giant was built at the turn of the cent...
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  • MV Plassy - The day when the Rocket Crew came to the rescue

    The Shakespearian Class steam trawler HMS Juliet was built in Yorkshire, England, by shipbuilders Cook Welton and Gemmel. Launched in 1940, she was owned for seven years by the British Royal Navy before being converted into a cargo vessel by Regent Coasters of London and renamed Peterjon. In 1951 the boat was bought by the Limerick Steamship Company. Now under the name of MV Plassy, the cargo steamer was operated by them up ...
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  • The ruins of Fore Abbey: The monastery that started to look more like a fortress than a religious complex

    When the mind is silent, man begin to hear God's words. This is probably the main reason why all of the monasteries were built in isolated and remote locations far away from the noise of civilization. Man can finally hear the beat of his own heart in a place surrounded only with the song of birds, the sound of the wind and the smell of the flowers. The ruins are placed in tranquil enviro...
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  • Ta Prohm: The abandoned Buddhist temple swallowed by the Cambodian jungle

    There are breathtaking old trees in many parts of the world with unusual shapes and sizes which look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. The majestic giant known as the President in California is maybe the biggest one of the oldest trees, and the 1,000 years old Angel Oak in South Carolina is the most gorgeous because of its lush branches that go underground. But, speak...
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  • Quneitra, Syria: The ghost town which is still a combat zone

    The regions and cities which are positioned on important crossroads that connect two or more continents usually are blessed and cursed at the same time. The positive thing is that throughout history, these regions became centers where people from distant places came to sell or exchange their goods. The fusion of the many civilizations and nations that passed or permanently...
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  • City of Darkness: The most densely populated place on earth is now abandoned

    Inside Hong Kong, in Kowloon City, there was a settlement known as Kowloon Walled City. The settlement being largely ungoverned, was also the most densely populated in the world with around 50,000 people crammed into only a couple of blocks of buildings. It was constructed almost entirely without consultation with an urban planner, which is precisely what makes this settle...
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