Haunting images show abandoned mansions, theme parks and churches lost in time and reclaimed by nature



HAUNTING photos show abandoned mansions, theme parks and churches completely lost in time.

The deserted destinations – from Liverpool to the Japanese city of Nara – were once full of life but have now been reclaimed by nature.

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Greenery covers an abandoned greenhouse in BelgiumCredit: Romain Veillon
Roller coaster at the abandoned Dreamland theme park near Nara, Japan

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Roller coaster at the abandoned Dreamland theme park near Nara, JapanCredit: Romain Veillon
La Chapelle de L'ange au Violon - a ruined chapel in southern France

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La Chapelle de L’ange au Violon – a ruined chapel in southern FranceCredit: Romain Veillon

A chapel in the south of France is covered in creeping grasses and weeds, while years of storms have filled a house in the Namibian village of Kolmanskop with huge mounds of sand.

Elsewhere, a roller coaster weave its way through the lush greenery of the neglected Dreamland theme park near Nara in Japan.

A dust-covered Italian mansion houses ragged furniture about to fall through planks and piles of rubble.

And the Liverpool Fruit Exchange, built in 1888 as a rail freight depot and turned into a fruit exchange in 1923, is sorry.

Decades of dust and debris cover the auction room of the Grade II listed building, as wallpaper peels off the ceiling.

Behind these astonishing images hides French photographer Romain Veillon, from Paris, who truly captured what these places would look like if humans disappeared.

His amazing shots are featured in his new book Green Urbex: The World Without Us.

It follows his first blockbuster publication Ask The Dust.

Romain said: “What would the earth look like if man suddenly disappeared?”

“Over the pages, you will see the floors covered with dust, the walls cracking, the wood rotting and finally the vegetation gradually invading these places once full of life; thus reminding us of the need for a harmonious life with our habitat, which will not be able to resist for long to the ecological pressure that man puts on it.

“Through this trip, I take you with me to discover these palaces, castles, factories, churches, theaters…. abandoned and forgotten by all.

An old library is covered in dust and debris

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An old library is covered in dust and debrisCredit: Romain Veillon
The photos are taken by the photographer Romain Veillon

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The photos are taken by the photographer Romain VeillonCredit: Romain Veillon
Wallpaper peels off the ceiling of an Italian mansion

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Wallpaper peels off the ceiling of an Italian mansionCredit: Romain Veillon
The photographer asked himself and the others:

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The photographer asked himself and the others: “What would the earth look like if man suddenly disappeared?”Credit: Romain Veillon
The amazing shots are featured in Green Urbex: The World Without Us

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The amazing shots are featured in Green Urbex: The World Without UsCredit: Romain Veillon
The book contains over 200 photos

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The book contains over 200 photosCredit: Romain Veillon
Romain wanted to capture what these places would look like if humans disappeared

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Romain wanted to capture what these places would look like if humans disappearedCredit: Romain Veillon
The photography book is now available

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The photography book is now availableCredit: Romain Veillon
Vines climb the windows of a glass house in France

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Vines climb the windows of a glass house in FranceCredit: Romain Veillon
An abandoned building has been taken over by nature

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An abandoned building has been taken over by natureCredit: Romain Veillon
The walls and floor of a house are covered in greenery

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The walls and floor of a house are covered in greeneryCredit: Romain Veillon
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