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11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
Maunsell Forts, England; Mission San Jose de Tumacacori, Arizona; Kolmanskop, Namibia

Photo: (clockwise from right) Hywel Williams, Richard Semik, Damien du Toit

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People travel halfway around the world to see the Colosseum, the pyramids in Egypt or the Great Wall of China. But what about the ruins that don’t date back to ancient times?

Some vacant buildings, abandoned factories and disused train stations have a different kind of allure, making you imagine what took place inside the now-crumbling walls. You can identify with what you are seeing and guess what it was like before it was abandoned.

Have a look inside these mysterious places from the not-so-distant past. First stop: A desert town where the dunes have made themselves right at home, inside the homes.  (Text: Josh Lew)