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These Explorers Found A Makeshift Prison…Complete With An Electric Chair

Urban exploration isn’t a hobby without risks. Those who choose to explore the unknown can expect to encounter a variety of strange situations. Very rarely, however, do they come across homemade electric chairs in the abandoned places they explore.

In the middle of the desert, urban explorer Adamthewoo came across what looked like your average abandoned building. But strangely enough, it was surrounded by barbed wire on all sides. He went in for a closer look, which is when he made the bizarre discovery.

(source: Adamthewoo)

Well, that doesn’t look safe at all. Part of me really wants to know what exactly went on out there, but I know that whatever it was, I probably wouldn’t like it.

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These Guys Slept In An Abandoned Cathedral And It’s Just As Creepy As You’d Expect

My idea of a good Halloween celebration is dressing up and going to parties or watching scary movies all night.

However, some people aren’t as easily satisfied when it comes to the spooky holiday, like the YouTubers Bros Of Decay. These guys love urban exploration and aren’t afraid to stay in seriously creepy buildings.

That said, it makes sense that they’d choose an abandoned cathedral to sleep in for All Hallows’ Eve. They definitely weren’t disappointed with their experience.

Of course, things got extra dark and creepy as soon as they stepped foot inside.

When they reached the cathedral room, they were greeted with this beautifully eerie sight.

Read More: The Inside Of This Abandoned Asylum Is Just As Unsettling As You’d Expect

The structures were stunning, if not a little unsettling in the lack of light.

The place would be the perfect setting for a haunting.

The cameraman wanted to check out the old organ, so he bravely broke away from the group and climbed these old stairs.

The view of the cathedral room was even more unnerving from upstairs.

The keyboard was dirty and likely out of commission.

But the organ pipes were pristine and looked like they were just waiting to be played.

After taking another set of stairs farther up, he finally reached the area that housed the church bells.

Besides resembling a scene from a horror movie, everything in the room was covered in bird poop.

He even found this creepy covered hole that opened to the ceiling of the cathedral room.

When it was time to pick where they should sleep, they walked down this dark hallway in the residential area of the building.

Read More: What Was Waiting Inside This Coffin For These Urban Explorers Will Freak You Out

They quickly discovered that it was really dangerous when one of them almost stepped through the floor.

The group also found this door, which revealed another hidden door behind it through the hole. Who else is dying to know what’s in that room?

Surprisingly, they all got a good night’s sleep. But the next morning, they found more creepiness when they came across this well in the courtyard.

If you want to see their entire experience for yourself, check out the video below.

I have to admit that looks like it would be fun with a bunch of people, but could you imagine being there alone? Me neither.

You can find more of the group’s brave urban explorations on their YouTube channel. I know I’ll be watching them.

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One Day, This Guy Decided To Climb To The Top Of The Great Pyramid Of Giza. Just Because.

Urban exploration can result in some amazing photos and experiences…although, strictly speaking, it’s not always legal.

That is what Andrej Ciesielski learned after he climbed to the top of one of the Pyramids of Giza.

Andrej the thrill-seeker made it all the way to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza (the largest of the three there). It’s also known as the Pyramid of Cheops. That pyramid in particular is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (not only that, but it’s the only one to remain largely intact).

Shortly after arriving at the top, Andrej was arrested (of course).

But man…was it worth it.

He claimed the entire climb only took him 8 minutes (although, getting down was another story).

“Walking around in the complex I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing The Great Pyramid of Giza. When I started climbing a street seller was standing behind me but I didn’t care about him I turned around he laughed and I continued climbing.

At the half some people got attention on me and looked up to. That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic I think but I didn’t care and kept going while listening to music.”

His excursion was amazing, but it was a bit of a walk on the wild side most wouldn’t dare.

Top of the Cheops Pyramid!

Posted by Andrej Ciesielski on Monday, January 18, 2016

Thankfully, after some quick questioning, the police released Andrej…who was most likely on his way to climb all over another wonder of the ancient world.

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This Is Exactly What You Expect When You Explore An Abandoned Funeral Home

In case you haven’t noticed, urban exploring has become a pretty popular pastime recently. We’ve featured quite a few creepy urban exploration stories, everything from old mental asylums to recently abandoned shopping malls slated for the wrecking ball. However, we’ve never featured an exploration of a derelict funeral home before.

Brace yourselves, it’s exactly as creepy as you might think.

Last year a group of urban explorers headed up by YouTuber Matt Glasscock discovered an abandoned funeral home near Birmingham, Alabama.

So, of course they had to go explore it. Much of what was inside is what you’d expect from an abandoned building. Except here, there were plenty of leftover coffins to give the place an extra-creepy vibe.

Except, not all of the coffins were empty. In case you’re having trouble seeing, this coffin actually contains some sort of remains.

Luckily, that was the only body these guys encountered here.

You can check out the full video from their exploration below.

(source Matt Glasscock)

What I want to know is how a body ended up getting left behind at the funeral home after they shut down? That just seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Hopefully, whatever or whomever those bones belong to doesn’t decide to haunt these explorers for disturbing their sleep.

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What One Hiker Found In The Mountains of Tennessee Is Beyond Incredible.

While hiking in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiker Jordan Liles discovered something you probably wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of a nature preserve: an entire town, completely abandoned, and being reclaimed by nature. 

The Wonderland Hotel Annex

A cottage, heavily damaged.

The town is, or was, named Elkmont, and is now referred to as being part of the Elkmont Historic District. It’s located on the still-active Elkmont Campground, in the park. Since it was built in the early 20th century, the site has been home to a hotel and resort community, and, before that, to a pioneer community and logging town. 

The hotel in the early 1900s.

The fountain’s foundation can still be found on the property.

The dining room of the hotel in about 1990, two years before closing.

At this time, there were only six property holders left at Wonderland.

To get there, Liles went about a mile up an old gravel road inside the park and entered the abandoned community. It consists of houses and a large hotel, called the Wonderland Hotel and built in 1912. The hotel, and the surrounding houses, became known as the “Wonderland Club,” and were used as exclusive vacation properties in the 1920s and 30s. When the land became a federal park in the 30s, the owners of the cottages were given lifetime leases, so they could keep enjoying their vacation homes. However, the park officials eventually got tired of dealing with the properties, and the lifetime leases became 20-year leases in 1952. By 1992, the park refused to renew the leases, and the hotel and cottages were slated for removal. However, some people considered the buildings historical, and a debate over their fate would go on for the next fifteen years. 

For now, it looks like the Wonderland Club has been spared, though the buildings are falling quickly into disrepair. Restoration efforts would more than likely go into the neighboring Appalachian Club, whose buildings are older as well as more historically significant to the area. 

The Wonderland Annex, which is the only part of the hotel that remains standing.

This sign provides hikers with information about the Wonderland Club.

Luckily for us, though, Liles had his camera with him when he rediscovered the Wonderland Club, so even if the buildings deteriorate or are removed, we’ll always have a record of them. Liles compiled his footage into a 22-minute documentary called ‘Tennessee Wonderland,” in which he explores the buildings, including some of the cottages and the Wonderland Annex, which is the standing structure of the hotel. The main hotel collapsed in 2005 after being damaged by a fire a decade earlier, and its remains have been dismantled. 

Be sure to watch it until the end, where you can see images of the Wonderland Club throughout the years, including then-and-now comparison photos. 

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