Hirta Island, Scotland
Once a lush island occupied by a large population, the Hirta Island has remained abandoned since the 1930s due to the threat of starvation and the harsh weather conditions.
20. Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
Popularly called the Battleship Island, the Hashima Island was home to a coal mining facility, a hospital, a school, and numerous restaurants during its prime time (late-19th century to mid-20th century). However, they are all in a dilapidated state today.
21. Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico
The Island of Dolls is situated on the outskirts of Mexico City. The story speaks of the island’s former caretaker who discovered a dead girl in the canal bordering the island. In order to appease the dead girl’s spirit, he began collecting dolls from the trash and hanging them up throughout the island. Strangely, the dead body of the caretaker was found in 2001 in the same spot where he claimed to have spotted the dead girl.
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22. Poveglia Island, Italy
Located in the Venetian Lagoon of Italy, Poveglia island became a dumping ground for plague victims under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was, then, converted into an asylum for the mentally ill before it was abandoned altogether.