Kolmanskop, a ghost town buried in the sand

24 enero 2008

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port of Lüderitz. In 1908, Luederitz was plunged into diamond fever and people rushed into the Namib desert hoping to make an easy fortune. Within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, was established in the barren sandy desert.

But shortly after the drop in diamond sales after the First World War, the beginning of the end started. During the 1950's the town was deserted and the dunes began to reclaim what was always theirs.

Soon the metal screens collapsed and the pretty gardens and tidy streets were buried under the sand. Doors and windows creaked on their hinges, cracked window panes stared sightlessly across the desert. A new ghost town had been born. [1]

A couple of old buildings are still standing and some interiors like the theatre is still in very good condition, but the rest are crumbling ruins demolished from grandeur to ghost houses.



Photography: Richard Ehrlich

Via: Spy's Spice / More info and sources: 1, 2

14 Respuestas ( Deja un comentario )

  1. yprh dijo...
  2. It looks the Tate Gallery!

  3. suckit dijo...
  4. R I C H A R D E H R L I C H.... see his work.

  5. marc's stuff dijo...
  6. cool pics thnks for sharing !!!!!!!!!!

  7. Sissy Willis dijo...
  8. Eat your hearts out, Dali and Magritte!

  9. dofnup dijo...
  10. Me trajo BoingBoing ...

    No manches, quiero ir y explorar todas las casas, entrar y caminar por las dunas "interiores" ... super chingón!

  11. Kara Stenberg dijo...
  12. Here from BoingBoing as well!

    Those are absolutely gorgeous photos. The lighting and colors (on top of the surreal subject matter) are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Cancer Survivor dijo...
  14. A small group of cancer survivors went there last year, from http://www.cancermatch.com CancerMatch. It was uplifting, in an odd sort of way.

  15. Anónimo dijo...
  16. What a beautiful website you have. The only bad thing is that I may never get to see these places in person, but thanks to your wonderful use of the internet, I can visit them every day from my desk.

  17. Anónimo dijo...
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  24. Thanks for this nice post.

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  26. it is looking like to feel beach in the home. very good pictures and post.

  27. vaibhav dijo...
  28. hey I have never seen this type of pic even in movie. how happened all this. its awesome. there is no need to write something about this because photo of your blog tells lots of thing without content.