10 Of The Creepiest Ghost Towns From Around The World

10. Tawergha, Libya

As recently as 2006, this town still had a population of 24, 223; but today, it’s totally uninhabited. Located 38 km from Misrata, it was once famous for its palm trees, date fruits, and its idyll location only a few miles from the sea. The peace was shattered when anti-Ghadaffi forces descended on the town in 2011 and accused the residents of aiding Ghadaffi’s forces.
10. Tawergha, Libya

9. Consonno, Italy

Italian entrepreneur Mario Bagno had a lofty dream to create the City of Toys, a mini version of Vegas in Italy. He appeared to have found the ideal location in Consonno, a small village of 200 residents located an hour outside Milan. Paying 22.5 million lire in 1962 (about $ 16, 600), he bulldozed the entire village to create space for his futuristic amusement park.
9. Consonno, Italy

8. Oradour-sur-Glane, France

The entire village of Oradour-sur-Glane serves as a lasting reminder of the horrors of World War II. In 1944, acting on intelligence that a Waffen-SS officer was being held at the village, a battalion of Nazi soldiers descended on the village. Under the ruse of examining their identity papers, they locked women and children in the local church before proceeding to loot the village.
8. Oradour-sur-Glane, France

7. Varosha, Cyprus

Following the explosion of tourism in 1970s Cyprus, the government constructed a complex of high rise buildings and hotels close to one of Cyprus’s beaches. Designed to attract the wealthier Cypriots and tourists, the complex had every amenity imaginable – car dealerships, shopping centers, bars, nightclubs and the beach was only a stone’s throw away. It quickly became a go-to holiday destination for celebrities Liz Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.
7. Varosha, Cyprus

6. Chaitén, Chilé

Chaitén was a Chilean town that also served as the former capital of the Palena Province. In May 2008, all 3, 347 inhabitants of the town had to abandon the area as the nearby Chaitén volcano erupted for the first time in over 9, 000 years.
6. Chaitén, Chilé

5. Lukangol, Sudan

This town in South Sudan was obliterated almost overnight in the ethnic wars of 2011. The resident Murle tribe, all 20, 000 of them, fled when they were suddenly attacked by members of the Lou Nuer tribe. This attack was reported to be in retaliation for one on the Lou Nuer four months before. In the fight over grazing lands and water rights, the village was burnt to the ground and 30 tribesmen lost their lives.
5. Lukangol, Sudan

4. Plymouth, Montserrat

These days, it would be hard to believe Plymouth was once the capital of Montserrat. It was also the only port of entry to the island, but due to heavy and deadly volcanic activity, the population of Plymouth currently stands at 0.
4. Plymouth, Montserrat

3. Agdam, Azerbaijan

Dubbed the “Caucasian Hiroshima”, Agdam was once a 40,000 resident town in the southwest part of Azerbaijan. In July 1993, as part of the Summer Offensives, Armenian forces invaded the town and forced its entire population out. At the time, the town was used as a buffer zone between the warring armies.
3. Agdam, Azerbaijan

2. Namie, Japan

When the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in 2011, one of the towns that was obliterated was the 120 year old Namie. The tiny town of 21,000, was one of the closest locations to ‘ground-zero’, being only 6 km away from the plant. Even though the village is within the 20 km exclusion zone and the entire town was advised to evacuate, not everyone left. Some couldn’t bring themselves to leave their homes, others couldn’t abandon their farm animals.
2. Namie, Japan

1. Villa Epecuén, Argentina

This Argentine tourist resort was once home to over 200 businesses and around 1, 500 residents. The major attraction was the saltwater Lake Epecuén, but this also proved to be the cause of its eventual ruin.
1. Villa Epecuén, Argentina