10 Inspiring Forgotten Ruins Reclaimed By Nature

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Forgotten Ruin In Italy: Craco

Sitting on top of a hill in Italy’s Matera province, this striking ghost town has a long and turbulent past. A devastating plague and some attacks from a few outlaws have tested Craco’s spirit over countless centuries, but it managed to survive up until the 1900s.

However, because of a few landslides and earthquakes in the 20th century, the robust town was ultimately abandoned.

Today, you can see greenery sprouting from the crumbling brick, and Craco’s cobble-stoned streets sit abandoned, except for the visitors who are usually on guided tours.

Fun Fact: The ghost town has also been used as a set for movies, including the 2008 James Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace.

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