World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Getty Images

Sunken villages, derelict amusement parks, and vacant mental hospitals are just a few abandoned places with creepy appeal.

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico

4 of 11

Why It’s Eerie: In 1943, a volcano in the remote mountain state of Michoacán began spewing lava, eventually burying the villages of San Juan Parangaricutiro and Paricutín under a coal-black layer of chunky lava. The crucifix-topped bell tower of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church protrudes from the lava, while the vacated church’s altar, at the other end of the structure, appears entirely intact.

How to Experience It: Hire a local guide in the strange and sleepy Purépucha mountain village of Angahuan, 30 minutes away, and see the site by burro.

MEXICO - FEBRUARY 16: The church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, almost buried by lava in 1943 during the Paricutin volcano eruption, Michoacan, Mexico. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico

Why It’s Eerie: In 1943, a volcano in the remote mountain state of Michoacán began spewing lava, eventually burying the villages of San Juan Parangaricutiro and Paricutín under a coal-black layer of chunky lava. The crucifix-topped bell tower of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church protrudes from the lava, while the vacated church’s altar, at the other end of the structure, appears entirely intact.

How to Experience It: Hire a local guide in the strange and sleepy Purépucha mountain village of Angahuan, 30 minutes away, and see the site by burro.

Getty Images
Promoted Stories
Explore More
More from T+L