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Kolmanskop, an abandoned desert town in Namibia, was once a thriving diamond mining hub. After the first miners became wealthy thanks to their discoveries, there was a diamond rush, with fortune-seekers building a European-style village complete with a ballroom, school, medical facilities and even a ice factory. During the early decades of the 20th century, the mines became depleted and the town was finally abandoned in the 1950s. Today, tourists with permits may enter the area. Thanks to the arid climate, some of the buildings are still in good shape, though desert winds have blown sand into many of them, creating strange indoor “dunes” that block still-intact doorways.11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

Kolmanskop, an abandoned desert town in Namibia, was once a thriving diamond mining hub. After the first miners became wealthy thanks to their discoveries, there was a diamond rush, with fortune-seekers building a European-style village complete with a ballroom, school, medical facilities and even a ice factory. During the early decades of the 20th century, the mines became depleted and the town was finally abandoned in the 1950s. Today, tourists with permits may enter the area. Thanks to the arid climate, some of the buildings are still in good shape, though desert winds have blown sand into many of them, creating strange indoor “dunes” that block still-intact doorways.
11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

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