Eerily Beautiful Abandoned Places [Balestrino]

Balestrino

Eerily Beautiful Abandoned Places [Balestrino]

This picturesque Italian village was owned by the Benedictine abbey of San Pietro dei Monti in the 12th century and was once a bustling village full of olive farmers. Population began to decline, however, in the late 19th century when a series of earthquakes struck the area. The remained residents were relocated in 1953 due to geographic instability.

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Original Source: http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2013-05-22/photos-beautiful-abandoned-places/13