In Photos: Fascinating Abandoned Military Structures

Fuchu Abandoned U.S. Air Force Base: Tokyo, Japan

You might not think of Tokyo when someone mentions abandoned military bases—it’s one of the most densely populated places on Earth—but the crowded city is in fact teeming with them. Among the oddest is in Fuchu: an abandoned military base that still hosts the rotting shells of two enormous parabolic antennas. Built by the Japanese Imperial Army and occupied by American forces after World War II, the base is now a maze of crumbling, graffiti-painted dormitories and electrical component rooms.

ucb // Flickr

Ellis Island Hospital: New York, NY

More than a million immigrants passed through the Ellis Island Hospital after landing in New York City between 1901 and 1924. The year it ceased immigration operations, the site was converted to a psychiatric hospital for soldiers and later used as an internment camp for Italian-, German-, and Japanese-Americans during World War II. It sat derelict for decades before being restored and opened to the public in 2014.

Forsaken Fotos // Flickr

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