A lot of haunted houses will try to capture the aesthetic of an abandoned building for their scares, but in reality an abandoned place has a more complicated atmosphere.
Because they’re isolated and decrepit, you can get an eerie feeling when you visit them, but it’s quieter and more reflective. It’s not that you’re expecting something to jump out at you, but more like you’re intruding on a space and it’s making you feel uncomfortable about it.
Still, that quiet can also give way to a strange kind of serenity. Sometimes an abandoned place can be beautiful, especially when it’s outside and there’s vegetation growing all over it unchecked.
So whether they’re scary, lovely or a little bit of both, here are some striking abandoned places that give off that special feeling.