Buildings lost to neglect or the elements can tell a story – tell it for us.
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Abandoned buildings

Whether through social disorder, financial crises or simple neglect, the world is full of buildings lost to time and the elements.

Abandoned buildings can often tell a story about a community lost, a period of time now long gone or simply show how nature can reclaim what humans have built.

We received dozens of photographs of abandoned and decaying buildings from around the world after launching this assignment. The stories and images that iReporters shared about stepping inside these buildings inspired the story: 'Urban explorers' indulge a fascination for abandoned buildings.


For more stories on abandoned buildings, check out our story on photographers finding beauty in states of decay or these haunting images of abandoned and destroyed homes in Aleppo, Syria.

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