Teufelsberg: the former NSA station

Teufelsberg: the former NSA station

 

Photos by Jessica Devnani

 

The old and abandoned mine

The old and abandoned mine

 

Photos by Jarold Dumouchel

 

The old Teleglobe satellite station

The old Teleglobe satellite station

 

Photos by Jarold Dumouchel

 

The old Canada Malting plant

The old Canada Malting plant

 

Photos by Jarold Dumouchel

 

Urbex - Urban exploration

Urbex : Word created from urban and exploration words. Exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment.

Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespass onto private property.

Urbex Playground offers pictures from urban and rural exploration.

Teufelsberg: the former NSA station

Teufelsberg: the former NSA station

Berlin, (Germany)

The origin of this construction is surprising. It must first be known that it is located at the top of an artificial mountain made of rubble and other residues from the buildings destroyed during the Second World War. Then, this mountain itself is...
The old and abandoned mine

The old and abandoned mine

Heavily damaged by the time, the old copper mine is closed for several years. While its lower floors are completely flooded with muddy and stagnant water, the ground floor was, meanwhile, weakened by a sedimentary rock ceiling that collapsed in...

The old Teleglobe satellite station

The old Teleglobe satellite station

Charleston, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Built in the woods near the hamlet of Mill Village, the Teleglobe station is no longer the shadow of what it once was. Built in 1964 at a cost of $ 9 million, the vast complex was part of an extensive satellite program for the transmission of...

Shannon Park

Shannon Park

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Built in 1949 on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Halifax, Shannon Park is a former site of the Department of National Defence (DND) that stretches on over 96.5 acres (38.8 hectares). While the site was gradually abandoned at the turn of 2000,...

The old Minas de Riotinto locomotives

The old Minas de Riotinto locomotives

Minas de Riotinto, (Spain)

We are talking about over 5000 years of mining history in this area. The landscape has been changed forever, and it looks at some places like a alien planet where red, yellow, purple mingle with green, gray and ocher.

The ten abandoned...

The old jail of the county

The old jail of the county

Project ideas abound for this old provincial jail today abandoned. The building has been closed in 2001 following the construction of a larger and more modern correctional center. More than a dozen projects have been launched in the air: a...

The old superstructures plant

The old superstructures plant

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

More than a century of expertise in the construction of mega steel structure that represents hundreds of projects from coast to coast. The company's story began in 1879 in Toronto, where a group of businessmen sniff a bargain following the...

The old board mill

The old board mill

Estrie, Quebec (Canada)

It was October 3, 2014 when it has been heard for the last time the siren for the end of the work shift. The last 180 employees picked up their belongings and closed the door behind them, thus ending an industrial history of over 125 years.

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Doel, the nuclear ghost town

Doel, the nuclear ghost town

Doel, (Belgium)

We are almost in the Netherlands, but also in the port area of the port of Antwerp in Belgium, first chemical port in Europe.

By the early 60s, the Scheldt marshes are doomed to extinction to be replaced by gigantic docks and the incessant...

The old abandoned cinema

The old abandoned cinema

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

No, this movie theatre does not bear that name, but you will allow me this nod to Giuseppe Tornatore's film that chronicles the history of cinema from its beginnings to today. Since the place has not suffered the wrath of vandalism and because...

The old abandoned cinema

The old abandoned cinema

Centre-du-Québec, Quebec (Canada)

No, this movie theatre does not bear that name, but you will allow me this nod to Giuseppe Tornatore's film that chronicles the history of cinema from its beginnings to today. Since the place has not suffered the wrath of vandalism and because...

The old military building

The old military building

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

We are in 1943 and the war has been raging for four years. While the old continent is fighting against Nazism, distant colonies and dominions are subject to the war effort. In Canada, the federal government completes the construction in Montreal...

The old military building

The old military building

Cantons-de-l'Est, Quebec (Canada)

We are in 1943 and the war has been raging for four years. While the old continent is fighting against Nazism, distant colonies and dominions are subject to the war effort. In Canada, the federal government completes the construction in Montreal...

Spexel, the Beauharnois abandoned plant

Spexel, the Beauharnois abandoned plant

Beauharnois, Quebec (Canada)

It's over 92 years of industrial history that ended in 2004 when the Spexel factory was closed down. The story of this plant start in 1912 when is built the paper mill, which took the name of Howard Smith Paper Mill. Over the following years, the...

The Hennocque quarry, a dark and moist experience

The Hennocque quarry, a dark and moist experience

Île-de-France, (France)

Located in the Ile-de-France, the Hennocque quarry is a place that was marked by history with a capital H. While chalk quarries were developed in the region from the Gallo-Roman period, the Hennocque quarry has started its activity in the...

Florist's camouflage

Jules d'Alcantara Florist

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

The origins

Like all good stories, d'Alcantara's begins with «once upon a time»... A Belgian aristocrat of Spanish origin, Count Carlos d'Alcantara, is madly in love with a beautiful French ballerina. His parents view this idyll with a...

The abandoned Hermes Paper Factory/Recycling Center

The abandoned Hermes Paper Factory/Recycling Center

Düsseldorf, (Germany)

Normally on Easter Sunday one spends time his or her family, however on this particular Easter a friend and I decided to wake up early and do some Urban Exploration.

What is great about living in Germany is that there are several abandoned...

Façade

The building on Marien Street

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Everything except mattresses

When we went on Marien Street, we were expecting to find a mattress factory damaged by fire in December 2011 and left abandoned ever since. As evidenced by the huge sign «Matelas» and the name plate...

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Le Restaurant Chez Clo

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

The beginnings

What began in the late 1980s as a convenience store with a small corner restaurant has become an institution when it comes to catering  in the neighborhood. Clo got up every morning at 4:00...

The abandoned mine of Achada do Gamo

The abandoned mine of Achada do Gamo

São Domingos, (Portugal)

Located in São Domingos (province of Alentejo) south of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, the mine of Achada do Gamo is an abandoned open pit mine. Located in the heart of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, which extends from southern Portugal to Spain, the...

Façade under a grey sky

Canadian Pacific Railway Freight Office

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has been deeply marked by the train, in its development. Even today, it is surrounded by three tracks : the Canadian Pacific to the west, the now abandoned Canadian National to the east and the one of the port of Montreal to...

The Negro Community Center

The Negro Community Center

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

The origins of the building

Despite the many changes made to the building by the Negro community center, it is clear that the original building was a church. Plans are signed by Sidney Rose Badgley (1850-1917), an architect from Ste....

The abandoned Forest Haven Asylum

The abandoned Forest Haven Asylum

Laurel, Maryland (United States)

The words are inscribed on a weathered bronze plaque, marking the entryway to the administration building at Forest Haven Asylum.

Located in Laurel, Maryland, the Forest Haven Institute was notorious for its poor conditions and abuse of...

The abandoned Bilbao plant

The abandoned Bilbao plant

Bilbao, Vizcaya (Spain)

In the Basque Country there are several generations who have grown up by drinking milk from the Beyena company, a regional source of pride, well beyond its nutritional values. Every day, hundreds of trucks were leaving the factory located in...

The abandoned Babcock & Wilcox plant of Sestao

The abandoned Babcock & Wilcox plant of Sestao

Sestao, Vizcaya (Spain)

The history of the Babcock & Wilcox in the Galindo valley began during the First World War when the difficulties of the Compañía de los Caminos de Hierro del Norte de España will result in the sale of the plant to the Babcock & Wilcox...