An old overgrown Water wheel in cordoba, Spain. Photograph by lopolis, via Flickr. Photo taken July 23, 2004.

An old overgrown Water wheel in cordoba, Spain. Photograph by lopolis, via Flickr. Photo taken July 23, 2004.

Bannerman's Island Arsenal, Pollepel Island~~located on the Hudson river, it is an abandoned military surplus warehouse

Bannerman's Island Arsenal, Pollepel Island~~located on the Hudson river, it is an abandoned military surplus warehouse

Eilean Donan castle, Scotland | The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap's twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.

Eilean Donan castle, Scotland | The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap's twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.

Sweetheart Abbey, founded by Lady Devorgilla in 1273, New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Sweetheart Abbey, founded by Lady Devorgilla in 1273, New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Inside the lost island of New York: Eerie pictures of the abandoned leper colony just 350 yards from the Bronx

Inside the lost island of New York: Eerie pictures of the abandoned leper colony just 350 yards from the Bronx

Ian Ference, a photographer and historian living in New York, has spent nearly four years documenting the remains of North Brother Island, a piece of land sandwiched between Riker's Island and the Bronx in the East River that's been abandoned since

Six thousand year old megalithic tomb, one of the oldest monuments in the world, Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare, Ireland

Six thousand year old megalithic tomb, one of the oldest monuments in the world, Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare, Ireland

Madame Sherri's Castle-Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The site had once been the location of a luxurious home, built in 1931 by Madame Antoinette Sherri. Though destroyed by fire in 1962, remnants of the extravagant home still remain. The most striking feature of the ruins is an arched staircase, which breaks free from the forest floor and reaches upward to nowhere.

Madame Sherri's Castle-Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The site had once been the location of a luxurious home, built in 1931 by Madame Antoinette Sherri. Though destroyed by fire in 1962, remnants of the extravagant home still remain. The most striking feature of the ruins is an arched staircase, which breaks free from the forest floor and reaches upward to nowhere.

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