Some of the world’s most beautiful abandoned locations

From disused fairgrounds to neglected cliff-top hotels, these atmospheric pictures of urban decay and abandoned buildings show just how rapid decline can be without human attention.

Disasters such as earthquakes, nuclear explosions and prolonged warfare have left some places uninhabitable while others, like Japanese fairground Nara Dreamland, sadly just fell out of fashion.

At the ends of the earth are beautiful sights such as the underwater Christ of the Abyss statue off the Italian coast and the ghost town of Kolmanskop in the Namibian desert, rarely ever seen by people any more.