The dying beauty of these deserted places in Crimea still attracts photographers and tourists from all over the world. For years now, urban explorers have traveled across Crimea finding and photographing these intriguing empty Soviet factories, toppling houses, and crumbling chapels. Read on for our top 5 abandoned places in Russia.
1. The shipwreck of the dry cargo ship “Ibrahim-Yakim”
A small piece of rusty metal sticking out of the water just a kilometer from Cape Tarkhankut is all that remains of a Cambodian-flagged cargo ship that ran aground in 2010. The mixed crew of both India and Syria could not cope with the harsh waters of the Black Sea and, having broken off the anchor, was thrown onto the beach by the elements.
Now, the rusty metal island serves as a peculiar highlight of one of the most beautiful places in Crimea. You can get to an abandoned ship only by boat, and even then in that rare case, if the captain agrees to moor to it.
2. Abandoned Aviation sports center “Koktebel”
The Aviation Center on Mount Klementyev is not going through the best of times. Half of the buildings and structures are abandoned, and half are empty and locked. The fence and dogs do not allow you to see the planes close, but since flights from the airfield are not carried out, its zone was opened for flights on a quadrocopter. If desired, you can take some interesting shots.
Colonnade “Starfall of Memories” and the best view of the salt lake Barakol, will be an excellent addition to the above point.
3. Abandoned Komarov Pioneer Camp
It was once the most interesting and beautiful abandoned pioneer camp in Crimea. The DOL that bore the name of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov has now been transferred to one influential government agency. Now, you can’t get into the pioneer camp, and the DOL itself will soon be rebuilt into something much more modern and more suitable for the recreation of civil servants.
4. Abandoned Storm Pool
Some people say that the pool built by academician V.V.Shuleikin for the study of sea waves was a waste of money and funds, since it did not take into account the centrifugal forces inevitably arising in such polygons. Now, the pool is abandoned in the closed territory of the Marine Hydrophysical Testing Ground and is used only occasionally as a movie set. The place is popularly known as “cedetron”.
5. Ruins of the “Republic of Kazantip”
The territory of the once largest rave festival in the CIS is now fenced in and empty. From the beach you can hear the noise of hammers and the sounds of a hammer drill, and it remains to be hoped that unusual designs have been used, and not decided to disassemble. In any case, we will find out in the very near future whether the territory will open again in an updated form or turn into an ordinary beach.
Bonus: Abandoned Platform of the Marine Hydrophysical Test Site
Photo of the Stationary Oceanographic Platform of the Marine Hydrophysical Range. The supports descending to a depth of 28 meters led and the platform gave a strong heel, which does not prevent it from performing scientific work from time to time. The surrounding waters are teeming with mussels, which from time to time attracts clam hunters who, scientists, are not at all happy about.
According to rumors, there used to be three platforms, but the violent local waters left only one. And even that, against the background of the resort village, looks like an alien from the post-apocalyptic world.
The stunning photos at Crimea, Russia were taken by Nordskif & Co. Nordskif & Co are professional photographers and urban explorers, which share their stories with followers.
If you’d like to see more abandoned places in Crimea countries or discover Soviet history, then check out our articles on the abandoned Ukrainian military trucks and equipment in Crimea and the abandoned wind generators at Donuzlavskaya wind power station