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7 International Ghost Towns Would You Visit Them?

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Belchite, Spain

Belchite in Zaragoza, Spain, a town chosen for its defensive location, witnessed conflicts between Christian and Islamic kingdoms, battles in 1809, and the destruction in the Spanish Civil War, leaving the original town's ruins as a testament to centuries of conflict.

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Craco, Italy

Craco, built for defense atop a cliff, endured centuries of warfare, population loss due to the Black Death, and natural disasters, leading to its abandonment and haunting ruins.

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Dhanushkodi, India

Dhanushkodi, once a Hindu pilgrimage center, faced total devastation in 1964 from a cyclone, resulting in its abandonment and transformation into a pilgrimage site for tourists.

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Humberstone, Chile 

Humberstone, founded for saltpeter extraction in the Atacama Desert, became a ghost town with the decline of the industry, now recognized as a Chilean National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Irbene, Latvie 

Irbene, a secret town in northwestern Latvia, was constructed for a Soviet radar station, left unpopulated after the Soviet Union's withdrawal in 1993.

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Kayaköy, Turkey

Kayaköy, an abandoned village in southwestern Turkey, stands as a "museum village," reflecting the misfortunes of its Greek Orthodox Christian inhabitants who fled during World War I.

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Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop, a former diamond mining center in Namibia, thrived until World War I but declined with the discovery of richer deposits, leading to its abandonment and engulfment by the desert.