Tokyo Skytree: an incredible view from 451 meters high!

Tokyo Skytree, is a broadcasting and telecommunications tower in Tokyo, and at a height of 634 metres, it was the world’s second tallest structure, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It was inaugurated on May 22, 2012, and it is also the world’s tallest freestanding tower, exceeding the height of Tokyo Tower, previously the city’s tallest structure, by 301 metres. The major role of Tokyo Skytree is to transmit electric waves in a stable manner free from influences of super tall buildings that have been increasing every year. The area…

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Bar Bianco or “Il Pasquino” Restaurant: just another italian lost place.

Someone, speaking of many (indeed, a great many) years ago, remembers this place as “Bar Bianco”. Here, according to local sources, in particular milk and all its derivatives were served. Subsequently, it became famous as “Ristorante il Pasquino”, a meeting place also for baptisms and receptions. According to the documents found inside, I think it is abandoned since 2001. And it’s a shame, because this building is really nice, with a large outdoor area where you probably played live music and there was dancing, private parking, a terrace with a…

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2 Millions of People per Day: Shibuya crossing in Tokyo is the busiest in the world!

Strange…but true! In a metropolis like Tokyo, one of the biggest tourist attractions is a crosswalk, not a historical monument, a museum or a park. Shibuya is a shopping district in Tokyo with a population of approximately 208,000 people. Once the site of the Shibuya family castle, this major shopping and entertainment center is truly a city that never sleeps. The opening of the Yamanote Line in 1885 transformed this area into a hot spot for Japan’s youth but not only, providing a large fashion district and exciting nightlife. Identified…

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Colorno: the sad story of suffering in the abandoned asylum.

Colorno, the italian abandoned psychiatric hospital near Parma, still seems to make its walls speak. Inside now there is nothing, only crowded blankets, clothes, old weelchairs and scattered documents, but the souls of so many suffering still remains. It was closed in 1979 with the Basaglia law, which also takes on the modernization of the clinical setting of psychiatric assistance, establishing renewed human relationships with staff and society, fully recognizing the rights and necessity of a quality patient life, followed and cured even in territorial structures. Now the inner courtyard…

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Like the set of a horror movie: abandoned Carrefour in the Bari industrial area.

Deserted big parking areas, fully disemboweled escalators, broken glazed into a million pieces and signs on the ground: welcome to the disturbing scenery of the former Carrefour shopping center, now only a large abandoned structure located in the huge industrial area of ​​Bari. A macabre atmosphere that deserves to be told with a series of photographs, which has nothing to do with memory of this shopping center full of people who loved shopping and who came here more or less often, activities that took place every day, it seems until…

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Mongrel Mob: the most terrible Gang of New Zealand.

In Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, was born in 1960, the first nucleus of what would become the largest gang in the country, now spread throughout the country: the Mongrel Mob. The gang, initially formed by young people of European origin, has expanded to include Maori and Polynesians, although it has the appearance of a band of Nazi bikers: their symbols are a swastika and a British Bulldog wearing a German Stahlhelm, and supposedly is an image intended to offend as it is a British Bulldog wearing the helmet. Mongrel Mob…

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Crecchio Castle, history, legends and Byzantines!

The castle, of Norman-Swabian origin, was built around a watchtower around the 11th-12th centuries. The original tower, called “normanna” and “dell’ulivo”, part of a territorial defensive system, was visually connected with other towers in the surround, like the Mucchia tower (on the coast) and with the city of Lanciano and Guardiagrele inside. To it are linked many legends related to the cruelty of one of its owners who, ruling these places with terror, beheaded its opponents on the highest tower, that of sighting. The tower became a symbol of terror…

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Buonanotte Vecchio!

Inside its streets it is not easy to walk, going through the grown plants and the collapsed buildings on the old pedestrian streets, but some of the old houses, the furniture, the fireplaces, the still remained beds maintain their charm in the midst of so much nature and silence. Abandoned following a landslide in the early 70s, the village dates back to the twelfth century and in the beginning its name was “Malanotte”. There are several legends about the origin of the name. A curious story tells that, at the…

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Phare du Four

The Four channel runs along the end of the Léon and avoids the bypass west of the archipelago of Molène and Ouessant. Shortcut useful but dangerous, it was for a long time very imperfectly indicated. In the early 1860s, the Nautical Commission approved the construction of a lighthouse at each end of the channel and the first recognition took place in June 1862. The “roche du Four”, a granite block a block of granite 25 meters in diameter and a height of 11.50 meters with at the top, is the…

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27 Photos of Anne Geddes’ babies all grown up!

Anne Geddes became famous for photographing baby pictures in the 1990s and early 2000s. The photographer is probably the most famous author for her sweet portraits of children. The images of newborns dressed as a bee, butterfly or simply kept in their parents’ arms are around the world, becoming a real “Geddes” style. The artist is Australian but lives and works in New Zealand, where she made most of her images. The celebrity arrived in the early 90s thanks to calendars, greeting cards, advertising images and much more, all of…

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The cult of beauty: the cranial deformations of the Mangbetu tribe.

The Mangbetu are a people of Central Africa, located in the north-eastern part of the Congo. The name Mangbetu refers, strictly speaking, only to the aristocracy of the people, who during the course of the nineteenth century established a number of powerful kingdoms. A more specific use of the term identifies the “Mangbetu” as the people who “govern”. The Mangbetu impressed the first European travelers with their political institutions and their art, in particular their extraordinary ability as builders, potters and sculptors. They also became famous for their alleged cannibalism…

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Photographs from the Psychiatric Hospital of Cleveland in 1946

Some years ago, the psychiatric hospitals were strange and disturbing, places of pain and suffering, and almost always of terror for the patients. Jerry Cooke and Mary Delaney Cooke, husband and wife, carried out a photo shoot at the Cleveland Psychiatric Hospital in 1946, documenting the situation of the internees and their sufferings, which was purchased by LIFE magazine in the same year. The article was used to make known the conditions of detention of the institution, a first example used to oblige those responsible for these health facilities to…

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L’Aquila: the images 9 years after 2009 earthquake.

On April 6, 2009 a severe earthquake that occurred near the city of L’Aquila in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. The magnitude-6.3 tremor struck at 3:32 AM local time, extensively damaging the of L’Aquila. The earthquake resulted from “normal” faulting on the northwest-southeast-trending Paganica Fault. For more than three months after the main earthquake, there were thousands of aftershocks. In all, more than 300 people died, and an estimated 60,000 were left homeless. In this exclusive photogallery, photographs taken in the capital city of Abruzzo in July this year, 2018,…

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Bethlem Bedlam: the London Horror Hospital

If thanks to a time machine you could visit the 15th century Royal Bethlem Hospital, you might think of seeing a horror movie scene. The notorious institution, which was the first to specialise in mental health treatment in Europe and later inspired the 1946 horror film Bedlam, was founded in 1247 during the reign of Henry III. Bethlem was the only institution in Europe that sheltered people rejected by society, those who had mental or even criminal problems. The term “bedlam”, the definition of “chaos and confusion”, was coined in…

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The Boogeyman: 8 photographs for a disturbing Horror Story

Duane Michals is a pioneering photographer of fashion and art images, but not only, in which he often used the form of sequential narration and the superimposed text to construct the narration of his stories. His very strong images explore recurring themes for the humans: sex, death, love, fear and violence. Although he defines himself as a self-taught photographer, his clients include magazines such as Esquire or Vogue, and among the people he has photographed are the greatest artists of his time. His photographs have been exhibited since 1970 at…

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The incredible surrealist optical illusion of a Manchester’s floor

At first glance it may seem that the floor of this corridor came from an illustration of Alice in Wonderland or from a painting by some illusionist artist, but it is only an optical illusion. The floor is actually perfectly level, composed so as to create the illusion that one risks falling from on the one hand. The corridor, made up of 400 porcelain tiles, is located in the showroom of a company called “Casa Ceramica” in Manchester, England. Built at the entrance of the company hall, the floor illudes…

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Victorian ‘Post-Mortem’ Photographs: truth or myth?

There are lot of stories about dead people being propped up on stands to seem alive and photographed. But the reality was different…. As we know, victorian England had a particular relationship with death. Do you remember the funeral for pets? Because Victorians often died young, quickly, especially for injuries and infections, people invented elaborate grieving rituals to give meaning to their loved ones’ ephemeral lives. All of this happening at the same time with advances in photography, that led to the prevalence of post-mortem photos, where Victorians would take…

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Roccascalegna: history and legends from the medieval castle in the heart of Abruzzo.

Roccascalegna is a small town situated at 455 meters above sea level, in a valley right of the Rio Secco, a tributary of the Aventino river, in the inner mountains of the province of Chieti, midway between the mountains and the sea; its 1400 inhabitants are called roccolani. In all likelihood, the founders of Roccascalegna were the Longobards who, since 600 AD, permanently occupied the actual Molise and southern Abruzzo, after having descended from northern Italy. Consequence of this was the alignment of the Byzantine garrisons on the shores of…

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Photostory of Alkimia Club: what’s left of a pizza restaurant with live music.

Since three years, but certainly since many and many more, on the trunk road Adriatica SS16, between the italian sea localities of Francavilla and Ortona, there are the remains of this abandoned building. Once it was a pizza restaurant, where on Saturday evening you could dance or listen to live music during dinner or after dinner. Musical revival, rock, pop, Latin American, commercial, hip hop or r & b for all tastes. Nothing else is known about this place. There are no ratings, reviews, photographs or memories on the web,…

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Grand Hotel Boarezzo: past, present and future.

This is the Story of the “Grand Hotel of Boarezzo”, also known as “Albergo Piambello”, an hyperbole that starts in the 20s of the last century, wanted and built in the 20s by Giovanni Chini, also called “the artist of the cement”, who also decorated the sumptuous gallery of the Central Station of Milan and the Maritime Station of the Ponte dei Mille in Genoa. The hotel had 70 rooms with a dining room that can accommodate over 200 people. In the lower part of the hotel (built with three…

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Palazzo Gonzaga, one of the most famous abandoned place in the urbex Italian world.

This is a very famous abandoned place in the urbex Italian world, but almost no one has ever talked about its last inhabitant, a “granny” who died at the ripe old age of 108 years. The woman was Sicilian, and loved to spend most of her time in this palace, once belonged to the Gonzaga family. She was used to take a plane to reach her beloved home, in which she spent long periods, so as to be affectionately known by the whole little town. In occasion of her 100th…

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2nd world war: the massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane.

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed and 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. After the war, nearby was built nearby a new village, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. In February 1944, the 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich” was stationed in the Southern French town of Valence-d’Agen, north of Toulouse, waiting for to be resupplied with new equipment and new troops.…

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Grand Hotel Et de Milan Salsomaggiore Terme, some years later.

Description Traditional Spa Hotel with fitness suite, thermal treatments, hydrotherapy, conference facilities; situated in town center. Year Built: 1900 Check in Time: 2:00 PM Check out Time: 12:00 PM Number of Floors: 4 Total Number of Rooms: 123 If you search on google this hotel, located in the city center of salsomaggiore terme, in the province of parma, you can still find this description, with the phone number, all informations and the exact address. Salsomaggiore terme is a famous touristic place, famous since 1847, and now it is only the…

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Granzette Psychiatric Hospital between history and legends.

The project of the Psychiatric Hospital of Rovigo was born in 1906, by the Provincial Council that decided to open a Psychiatric Hospital in Rovigo, to bring together all the patients of this area with mental problems, that until then were scattered in 41 hospitals throughout Italy. The total of ​​the chosen area, including buildings (including 9 pavilions) avenues, courtyards, gardens and agricultural colonies, was 20 hectares, two hundred thousand square meters. The official opening of the Psychiatric Hospital was only on March 20, 1930, for various facts, including the…

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Chernobyl nuclear power plant: 32 years later

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster began in the early hours of Saturday 26 April 1986 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. An explosion released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe, until the Norway. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other is the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan, and I hope to write something about this…

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Postcards from Pripyat, the town nearest to the No.4 reactor of Chernobyl.

Pripyat is the town nearest to the No. 4 reactor, had 49,000 inhabitants, and was founded to house workers from Chernobyl. The name came from the river where sits the town, that was founded on 4th February 1970 on a terrain of endless woodland and marshes in Northern Ukraine. Construction of the power plant began in the same year – first as construction site, and then as one of the biggest nuclear electric power stations in Europe. Pripyat soon became a key town in Ukraine thanks to its location and…

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