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Atlas of Improbable Places
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DREAM CREATIONS
FLEVOPOLDER
The region reclaimed from the sea

ZHELEZNOGORSK
Former closed Soviet city

FREE CHRISTIANIA
Squatter-city

AUROVILLE
1960s utopian city

SLAB CITY
The squatter metropolis

PORTMEIRION
The Village

ZVYOZDNY GORODOK
Star City

HEARST CASTLE
Randolph Hearst's Xanadu-esque home

DESERTED DESTINATIONS
TEUFELSBERG
Abandoned U.S. spy station

PRESIDIO MODELO
Cuba's most notorious former penitentiary

BATTLESHIP ISLAND
Deserted mining settlement

NO MAN'S LAND FORT
A long shunned coastal bulwark

THE LOST CITY OF SAN JUAN PARANGARICUTIRO
Abandoned after the eruption of 1943

HUMBERSTONE AND SANTA LAURA
Redundant saltpetre works

WONDERLAND
Abandoned Disneyland-style theme park

ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE
Village left abandoned since the Second World War

MUYNAK
Drained port

WITTENOOM
Asbestos-ridden industrial town

ANI, KARS
Ruins of one-time capital of the Armenian Empire

CONCRETE CITY
Garden city of the anthracite region

VAROSHA
Abandoned tourist resort

ARCHITECTURAL ODDITIES
MARYHILL STONEHENGE
Concrete Stonehenge

SPIJKENISSE
The 'real' fictional euro bridges

KABAYAN
The Ibaloi mummy caves

SANTURIO MADONNA DELLA CORONA
Chapel hangs midway down a sheer cliffside

LONDON BRIDGE, LAKE HAVASU
The 1831 London Bridge

THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT
Controversial symbol of independence

TEN COMMANDMENTS MOUNTAIN
The Fields of the Wood

FLOATING WORLDS
THE PALM 105
An artificial island paradise

THE KINGDOM OF REDONDA
Uninhabited Caribbean island

POVEGLIA ISLAND
Former plague quarantine island

GREAT BLASKET
Uninhabited since 1954

HOLLAND ISLAND
Island slowly being eroded by the water

PALMERSTON
A community formed in its founder's image

WRANGEL ISLAND
A place frozen in time

MOUNT RORAIMA
The Lost World

ROSS ISLAND
British Indian penal settlement

HIRTA
The Edge of the World

OTHERWORLDLY SPACES
AOKIGAHARA
The Demon Forest

COLMA
City of the dead

LEAP CASTLE
The world's most haunted residence

DARVAZA CRATER
Door to Hell

THE HILL OF CROSSES
Home to some 100,000 crosses

THE ISLAND OF DOLLS
A terrifying attraction

SUBTERRANEAN REALMS
THE UNDERGROUND POSTAL RAILWAY
Rail Mail

COLD WAR SPY TUNNEL
The telephone tapping centre

BEIJING UNDERGROUND
Bunkers to beat the bomb

MOOSE JAW
Illicit tunnels

CINCINNATI
Abandoned subway

ZKP TAGANSKY, AKA BUNKER 42
Cold War communications bunker

PUERTO PRINCESA
Subterranean river

About the Author

Travis Elborough is an author and social commentator. His books include the four titles in the Unexpected Atlases series - Atlas of Improbable Places, Atlas of the Unexpected, Atlas of Vanishing Places and Atlas of Forgotten Places, together with A Traveller's Year, A London Year, The Long-Player Goodbye, Being A Writer and A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People's Institution. Travis is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the Guardian, and has penned articles on all aspects of travel and culture, from pirates in the Caribbean to donkeys at the British seaside. He has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, BBC History Magazine and Kinfolk among others.

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