Mysteries of the Abandoned

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Mysteries of the AbandonedScattered around the world are long-forgotten engineering marvels, decaying cities and empty factories that once stood on the cutting edge of design and construction. Today they are discarded, dangerous, and some of them are even deadly. "Mysteries of the Abandoned" reveals why these engineering triumphs were built and how they were left to crumble. In each hourlong episode, stories tell of who originally designed the structure, its historical significance, and why it was ultimately no longer viable. California's Goat Canyon Trestle railway, Pennsylvania's Kinzua Viaduct steel bridge, the Grand Goulets Road in the French Alps, and Hashima Island, a once thriving and now deserted Japanese island, are among episode subjects.
S10, EP10 "The Montauk Conspiracy"Conspiracies swirl around an abandoned military base in Long Island, where it's alleged that covert government experiments took place underground; experts discuss the critical role that the base played in defending America's coastline.
S4, EP8 "Pompeii's Gate to Hell"Near the destroyed city of Pompeii, an eerie complex of underground tunnels snakes beneath a volcano, and some believe these passages were intended as a gateway to hell; new discoveries reveal exactly why they were built and why they were abandoned.
S4, EP5 "Treasure of Outlaw Valley"A ghost town in the American West was once a Gold Rush hotspot and one of the most violent places in America; today, there are legends of a secret treasure buried in the surrounding hills, and new discoveries might finally reveal its true location.
S4, EP1 "World's Strangest Ghost Towns"The world's strangest ghost towns are home to dark secrets, creepy buildings and eerie sights; new discoveries reveal why they were abandoned.
S4, EP3 "Escobar's Castle"The ruins of a once-palatial compound contain the secrets of one of history's most notorious criminals, and new discoveries reveal why this high-security estate was built and why it was abandoned.
S4, EP2 "Secret of Supervillain Island"On a strange island off the coast of Croatia, the mysterious ruins of a long-abandoned hideout look like they once belonged to a James Bond super-villain, and new discoveries reveal why it was built and why they were abandoned.
S4, EP6 "Alaska's Fort Apocalypse"In Alaska, the ruins of a massive compound point to eerie evidence of an apocalyptic mystery; new discoveries reveal why this strange marvel was built in the snowy wilds of the last frontier and why it was abandoned.
S4, EP7 "Alien Hell Portal"A strange complex of tunnels on the grounds of a mansion are under lock and key for a century; since its rediscovery, some believe its mysterious place is a gate to hell; new discoveries reveal its secret purpose and why it was abandoned.
S4, EP10 "Haunting on Plague Island"A strange complex of buildings on a remote tropical island was once home to a large seaside community, but today, locals avoid the area and claim that it's haunted; new discoveries reveal why this eerie place was built and why it was abandoned.
S10, EP16 "Gunslingers and Gangsters"Notorious gunslinger John Dillinger once pulled off a daring escape from this unassuming jail; today, the story of his clash with Indiana's first female sheriff and his dramatic getaway continues to fascinate the public.
S10, EP15 "Propaganda Palace"In the former Soviet Union, this theater and others like it were used to influence the minds of the masses; though its grand auditorium is now empty, the building still serves as a testament to the power of cinema.
S10, EP14 "Korea's Joan of Arc"A teenage girl in Korea is martyred in prison and becomes a national hero; the facility where she was held stands in remembrance of her bravery and the Korean struggle for independence.
S10, EP13 "The Ruins of Archaeopolis"This decaying fortress once stood between the Ancient Roman and Persian Empires; though the stronghold's location attracted great wealth, it also attracted attention from unfriendly neighbors.
S10, EP12 "Hell Island"On a picturesque island off the coast of Brazil, this penal colony was once the site of a dramatic prisoner uprising; among the ruins lies the story of the violent rebellion and the recapturing of the island by military forces.
S10, EP11 "The Ruins of Troy"In modern-day Turkey, on the coast of the Aegean Sea, archaeologists discovered hilltop ruins that are believed to be the site of one of the world's most enduring stories -- the legend of Troy and the Trojan Horse.
S10, EP8 "Turkish Wonderland"In the Turkish capital, ambitious plans for a new amusement park are disrupted by financial, mechanical and political problems, forcing the park to close; now its old roller coasters stand as symbols of excess on the city skyline.
S10, EP7 "Fake News Fortress"Graffiti scratched into the walls of a military base on the British coast sheds light on a secret raid against the Nazis; the story left behind by the soldiers does not match the rosy picture that was painted by the media.
S10, EP6 "Blues Prison"Formerly known as one of the toughest prisons in America, this massive complex was once home to medical experiments and a chaotic hostage situation; it's better remembered as the setting for the iconic opening scene of "The Blues Brothers."
S10, EP5 "The True Cross"In a California desert, a once glittering Hollywood hotspot gets converted into a top-secret interrogation center for POWs; before being shuttered, this high-tech facility gathered reams of valuable wartime intelligence.
S10, EP4 "K-Pop Dreamland"This Seoul amusement park is full of rusted-out rides and unfinished renovations; forced to close due to financial problems, the park has found a second life after being used as the setting of K-pop album covers and music videos.
S10, EP3 "Rock 'N' Roll Island"This Caribbean mecca for rock legends was envisioned by famous Beatles producer George Martin; although many legendary records were made there, the studio had to close after a series of natural disasters rocked the small island.
S10, EP2 "Castle Kingdom"Half-built castles stand as a whimsical reminder of a neighborhood that was supposed to feature thermal baths and panoramic views; the ambitious project came to an abrupt halt when the construction company began to face financial difficulties.
S10, EP1 "Penthouse Palace"A porn baron establishes a hedonistic paradise in hopes of averting nuclear catastrophe -- attracting rich and infamous clients in the process.
S9, EP48 "Rebirth of Amboy"A derelict ghost town shows a curious revitalization along an iconic highway in the Mojave Desert; experts investigate and reveal a once thriving and bustling Route 66 stopover that's being resurrected into a historic Americana destination.
S9, EP41 "Liberia's Tower of Ruin"A disintegrating tower, once a thriving cultural hub, now stands hollow and derelict in Monrovia, Liberia; experts investigate and uncover a landmark skyscraper left to decay in the wake of a bloody political coup.
S9, EP40 "Historic Remains of USS Hornet"A legendary U.S. Naval war vessel now stands as a monument to space exploration in Alameda, Calif.; experts reveal how a formidable WWII aircraft carrier served a vital role in historic Apollo spaceflight recovery missions.
S9, EP35 "Curse of Cowboy Mountain"The bizarre remains of an Old West mining town lie mysteriously deserted high in the mountains of Maggie Valley, N.C.; experts investigate an abandoned ghost town theme park that some local residents believe carries a curse.
S9, EP33 "Ruins of Variety Theater"A once majestic theater hosting entertainment for generations in lavish surroundings now lies mysteriously derelict in Cleveland; experts investigate a record-breaking heavy metal concert event that would spell its eventual downfall.
S9, EP31 "Secret Vaults of Scotland"A series of dark, subterranean vaults lie hidden beneath the bustling streets of Edinburgh, Scotland; experts investigate and uncover a vast network of tunnels and chambers that contain a history of opportunity, crime and destitution.
S9, EP30 "Remnants of Rocket Complex"The remains of a derelict industrial complex connected to a mysterious water canal lies deserted in the Florida Everglades; experts investigate and uncover an abandoned rocket testing facility that was critical in mankind's race to the stars.
S9, EP25 "Hidden Tunnels of Gibraltar"A forgotten military fortification connected to a network of secret tunnels are mysteriously hidden within the Rock of Gibraltar; experts investigate and uncover a derelict war-torn complex constructed for a highly classified WWII spy operation.
S9, EP23 "Desolate Remnants of Agdam"The remnants of a desolate ghost town with a violent past lie in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan; experts investigate and uncover a destructive ethnic and territorial conflict that forced the evacuation of an entire city.
S9, EP21 "Psychiatric Ruins of Scotland"The ruins of a mental health institution lie deserted in the Scottish woodlands; experts investigate and uncover the terrifying past of a notorious psychiatric asylum where many entered but few escaped.
S9, EP19 "Remnants of Alien Contact"A research complex housing two enormous satellites is now mysteriously derelict in the rural expanse of Woodbury, Ga.; experts investigate and uncover a facility where planetary scientists explored possible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
S9, EP16 "Remnants of Traitor Chateau"An opulent chateau perched in the middle of a lake now stands dilapidated in the Loire Valley of France; experts investigate and uncover the remains of a festering palace whose owner was labeled a traitor by France's most notorious king.
S9, EP14 "Ghost Village of Nazi Invaders"An eerie ghost village in west-central France appears as if it were mysteriously abandoned and destroyed all at once; experts investigate and uncover the remains of a derelict settlement left as a memorial to a murderous WWII Nazi raid.
S9, EP12 "Hidden Hell of Angel Island"A cluster of military defensive structures among a quaint holiday village lie deserted on a San Francisco Bay island; experts investigate and uncover a mysterious Civil War outpost that conceals a dark and hellish history.
S9, EP11 "Ruins of the Zoo Fortress"The ruins of a coastal fortress sit atop a jagged outcrop along the beaches of Wales; experts investigate and uncover a derelict 19th-century British fortification that housed a series of occupants, including an exotic, private zoo.
S9, EP8 "Ruins of the Nazi Resort"A majestic estate for the rich and powerful now lies abandoned in the highlands of Argentina; experts investigate and uncover a once struggling hotel that was transformed into a luxurious resort outpost for elite Nazi German sympathizers.
S9, EP5 "Bangkok's Ghost Tower"A luxurious skyscraper in the center of a bustling Bangkok metropolis is now an eerily derelict ghost tower; experts investigate and uncover a devastating financial crisis entangled in plots of a murder mystery that led to the development's demise.
S9, EP4 "Ruins of the Romanian Resort"A once lavish destination in the mountains of Romania is now in disrepair and mysteriously deserted; experts investigate these sprawling ruins and uncover the remains of a luxurious resort caught in a web of corruption.
S9, EP3 "Desolation of Ponte City"A looming skyscraper that was once an exclusive residential complex turns into a dystopian ruin in Johannesburg, South Africa; experts investigate and uncover a symbolic structure of urban decay under the shameful shadow of apartheid.
S9, EP1 "Derelict Housing of Protest"The bizarre remnants of a housing complex lie mysteriously deserted in an Ohio industrial town; experts investigate and uncover the dark, turbulent past of an oppressive steel company and labor strikes that resulted in deadly riots.
S9 "Castle of the Nazi Occult"An eerie castle with a supernatural attraction stands derelict in the dense forests of the Czech Republic; experts investigate and uncover legends of a concealed gateway to hell and links to horrific Nazi Germany occult experimentation.
S9 "Castaway of Soviet War"An enormous war machine lies stranded in a coastal grave along the beaches of Dagestan, Russia; experts investigate the ruins of an experimental Soviet ground-effect vehicle designed to strike fear in Western governments during the Cold War.
S9 "Urban Ruins of Varosha"An entire city district of desolate streets and derelict buildings lies mysteriously untouched for decades in Eastern Cyprus; experts investigate and uncover a once opulent resort town suddenly entangled in a Turkish military invasion.
S8, EP14 "Chinese Nuclear Box"An enormous concrete box with bizarre circular openings looms on the coast of an island near mainland China; experts investigate and uncover tunnels leading to an enormous underground complex that nearly triggered a nuclear war.
S8, EP13 "Ghosts of Mount Fortune"The haunting remains of an isolated ghost town high in the Colorado mountains suggests a once booming mining community left in devastation; experts uncover an inhospitable land of shattered dreams where fortune seekers chased the American dream.
S8, EP12 "Russian Mafia Resort"A derelict beachside resort along the Black Sea is constructed upon deception and deep connections to the criminal underworld; experts investigate and uncover dark secrets behind a sprawling holiday complex constructed by the Russian mafia.
S8, EP11 "Alien Ghost Tower"A breathtaking stainless steel tower seems otherworldly and out of place in the remote mountain forests of Croatia; experts investigate and uncover a dark past of Nazi-led conflict and a monument to a desperate fight for survival.
S8, EP10 "Hitler's Nightmare Palace"The ruins of a dreamlike Polish palace hide an astonishingly dark history that's shrouded in mystery to this day; experts investigate and uncover an ornate gothic structure that concealed a nightmare of Nazi experimentation.
S8, EP9 "Hollywood vs. Nazis"A war-torn Italian ghost town immortalized by a legendary Hollywood director blurs the lines between fiction and reality; experts investigate and uncover a forgotten landscape of ruins captured in a WWII documentary.
S8, EP8 "Florida Death Fortress"A desert island adrift in the Gulf of Mexico contains a massive and marooned structure with a contagious past; experts investigate and uncover a desolate military fortress turned prison and plagued by a deadly disease.
S8, EP5 "Plague on Hell Island"A strange sea fortress that guards icy waters is home to a grim secret; experts investigate the mysteries at this eerie structure, which fought an invisible enemy far more deadly than ever imagined.
S8, EP3 "Fortress of Nuclear Secrets"Long, dome-like structures camouflaged by a rural landscape conceal the remains of concrete vaults with a hidden history; experts investigate and uncover state-of-the-art bunkers built to conceal and protect a deadly nuclear secret.
S8, EP2 "Ruins of Disaster Park"A collection of ramshackle structures with a mystical facade lie mysteriously deserted on the tropical island of Bali; experts investigate and uncover the ruins of a bizarre amusement park complex with a disastrous past.
S8, EP1 "The Good, the Bad, and the Abandoned"The world's abandoned structures hold new evidence about the lives and deeds of history's greatest heroes and villains, and using the latest discoveries at these mysterious sites, experts count down the 10 most significant ones.
S7, EP11 "Ghosts of the Cursed Castle"The ruins of a historic Scottish castle is now a bewitching wilderness of hidden dangers with deadly booby traps obscured afoot; experts and historians reveal a bygone Second World War military hospital with bizarre ties to an infamous Nazi occupant.
S7, EP10 "Mystery of the Alien Base"Abandoned hangers and bunkers populate a bizarre facility in the middle of nowhere, but among them are other structures whose purpose are oddly obscured; experts investigate a highly-classified military cover-up with extraterrestrial objectives.
S7, EP9 "Fortress of the Spy"Experts expose the truth behind a strange, battle-scarred building in the Middle East that holds the secrets to one of the world's most infamous deceptions.
S7, EP8 "Ruins of the Rust Belt"A complex of tall, windowless buildings in the American Rust Belt hold the secrets to a lost empire of industry and wealth; experts investigate these mysterious structures to reveal why this once powerful metropolis is now home to abandoned ruins.
S7, EP7 "The Doom of El Dorado"The remnants of a settlement in Nevada are interspersed with disintegrating machinery; experts uncover an abandoned mine where dreams of discovering a fortune were met with chaos and murder.
S7, EP6 "Ghosts of Black Mountain"Remnants of a town in the remote backwoods of Kentucky suggest a forgotten tale of catastrophe and devastation; experts investigate and uncover the history of a deadly industrial mining complex.
S7, EP5 "Factory of Death"A deserted facility in the remote countryside features mysterious graffiti that may be highly advanced mathematical equations pointing to a dark secret; experts investigate this classified military wasteland with a deadly past.
S7, EP4 "Greatest Icons"Places that were once home to Hollywood films and world-famous musicians are now run-down, abandoned and off limits; experts investigate their mysteries and reveal the astonishing secrets behind 10 of the world's most iconic abandoned places.
S7, EP3 "Secrets of Mafia Island"A Mediterranean island paradise is not all that it seems; a complex of abandoned buildings once served to imprison the world's most dangerous Mafiosi; experts reveal who was imprisoned here and the secrets they left behind.
S7, EP2 "American Ghost Park"Deep in the wilderness of the American South, a long-abandoned amusement park is home to secrets of a forgotten, imaginary world; experts reveal why this bizarre place was built and what caused its downfall.
S7, EP1 "Into the Murder Labyrinth"An underground labyrinth once used by a secret police force could warp the mind and turn friend into foe; experts turn up new evidence pointing to madness, murder and mayhem, revealing what happened in these cursed tunnels and why it was abandoned.
S6, EP11 "Nightmare at Fort Paranoia"A strange bunker in a treacherous landscape once belonged a notorious dictator who's paranoid fantasies drove bizarre and elaborate feats of engineering; new discoveries reveal the secrets of these structures and why the nightmares that built them.
S6, EP10 "House of Horror"An eerie set of buildings in Paris is evidence of an unspeakable evil; new discoveries reveal the horrific things that happened here, and why they were abandoned.
S6, EP9 "Anarchy on Ireland's Alcatraz"The ruins of an abandoned prison are evidence of a chaotic riot that put the prisoners in charge; special access to its burnt-out interior reveals how inmates took over Ireland's Alcatraz and why it is deserted today.
S6, EP8 "The Thing on Hell Mountain"An massive, alien-like fortress built into a mountainside is the central node to a network of pipelines that race outwards like tentacles; behind-the-scenes access reveals the secrets of why this strange complex was built and why it was abandoned.
S6, EP7 "Towers of Blood"Abandoned towers in southern Greece are the ruins of a fearsome warrior civilization descended from the Spartans, and new discoveries reveal the role these towers played during generations of violent blood feuds among the clans that lived here.
S6, EP6 "The Killer in the Castle"An abandoned castle is the site of hundreds of horrific murders perpetrated by the mysterious countess who once lived there, a woman alleged to be one of the most prolific killers in history; new discoveries reveal what really happened here.
S6, EP5 "Florida Doomsday Castle"A strange bunker near the Kennedy Space Center serves a top-secret military function should doomsday ever come to the Sunshine State; experts use declassified intel to reveal the sinister purpose of the forbidding facility and why it was abandoned.
S6, EP4 "Hell on Blood Island"An island of dense jungle is home to an abandoned complex with a dark past of bloodshed and rebellion, and new discoveries at this deserted place reveal why it was built and the gruesome circumstances of its downfall.
S6, EP3 "End Times on Lake Michigan"Discoveries reveal what really happened at an abandoned industrial complex on the shores of Lake Michigan that was once a top-secret military compound.
S6, EP2 "Swamp of Despair"In a remote Louisiana swamp, the ruins of a massive industrial operation suggest that something evil once happened there; new discoveries at the eerie site reveal what the abandoned buildings were for, and why they were deserted.
S6, EP1 "The World's Strangest Disaster Zones"An abandoned Caribbean city partly buried in a strange substance; Indonesian villages swallowed by the earth; Taiwanese temples turned to rubble; an American ghost-town that is still burning today.
S5, EP8 "Curse of Satan's Catacombs"An abandoned system of caves was once the meeting place of a secret society that worshiped Satan and performed black magic, and new discoveries at this mysterious site reveal what really happened here and why a founding father was a frequent guest.
S5, EP7 "The Devil's Prison"A haunted prison that once housed America's most notorious criminals stands in ruin today, and experts reveal evidence of ghostly secrets hidden in the crumbling jailhouse walls.
S5, EP4 "Kingdom of the Vanished"A mysterious town in South Africa is deserted, even though it was once a booming community; experts reveal the cataclysm that caused the people of this once-prosperous town to suddenly leave and never come back.
S5, EP3 "Haunting of Heartbreak Castle"A one-time fairytale castle is rumored to be haunted; experts investigate the secrets and ghostly stories of this eerie fortress.
S5, EP2 "American Atlantis"An abandoned town in the Nevada desert is the ruins of an American Atlantis, destroyed by catastrophic floods when the Hoover Dam was built; experts investigate the secrets of this eerie ghost town as water levels recede and the city reemerges.
S5, EP1 "Jungle of the Damned"At an infamous prison in the Amazon, dangerous criminals faced hard labor, a hostile environment and death by guillotine; today, it's deserted and new discoveries reveal why this hellish compound was built and abandoned.
S5 "Secrets of the Doomsday Caves"A vast network of subterranean bunkers in the American west was home to the power to destroy nations, but today, this facility is deserted, and new discoveries reveal why this eerie place was built and why it was abandoned.
S5 "Journey to Outcast Island"Abandoned buildings on a desolate island near Greece provide evidence of a group of people who were forbidden to leave.
S2, EP8 "Sea Fortress of Doom"A terrifying sea fortress, a highway in the Amazon that suddenly vanishes, and a mysterious structure in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty are deserted engineering projects; discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.
S2, EP7 "Amazon Ghost Town"An American ghost town in the Amazon jungle, a secret Nazi base, and a deadly concrete fortress 866 miles long are mysterious deserted engineering projects, and new discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.
S2, EP6 "Secrets of the Alien Shrine"A strange alien shrine on a mountain peak; a bridge built in the Alaskan wilderness; an American castle with a dangerous secret.
S2, EP5 "Conspiracy on Devil's Mountain"A secret structure on a sinister mountain, an industrial compound swallowed by a forest, and a mysterious run in a sand dune are strange deserted engineering projects, and new discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.
S2, EP4 "Desert Ghost Fort"A secret Russian military base in the Gobi Desert; a strange complex in an American wasteland; a relic high atop a mountain.
S2, EP3 "Arctic Hell Pit"Traces of a Russian hole to hell in the Arctic, a military base in America's wild west, and a strange looming tower are mysterious deserted engineering projects, and new discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.
S2 "Chernobyl's Deadly Secrets"An abandoned landscape that developed out of a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 reveals hidden clues.
S1, EP6 "The Tesla Conspiracy"Some of the world's most incredible engineering projects are now deserted; Explore what happened to a cutting-edge research complex built by a visionary genius; an ambitious Nazi project that met a sinister end; a Cold War relic that changed history.
S1, EP5 "Soviet Doomsday Device"Abandoned engineering projects include a classified Soviet machine built to prevent all-out nuclear war, a top-secret Nazi facility, and a strange tower that left an enduring legacy.
S1, EP4 "Wild West Apocalypse"Stories of incredible engineering projects now deserted, including a massive military site that was once a hotbed for nuclear testing, a top-secret airbase hidden inside a mountain, and an otherworldly power plant.
S1, EP3 "Phantoms of Chernobyl"Exploring what happened to the large town located just outside of Chernobyl on the eve of disaster, a fleet of ghost ships, and a dangerous mountain road that changed history.
S1, EP2 "Curse of Hell Island"Exploring a ghost town that was once a dangerous industrial hellscape, a giant warship at the bottom of the ocean, and a top-secret relic that could have changed the Cold War.
S1, EP1 "Nazi Ghost Town"Revisiting deserted engineering projects to find out how they were built and why they were mysteriously abandoned; a Soviet mega-structure; a massive Nazi brainwashing complex; a dangerous desert pass.
Scattered around the world are long-forgotten engineering marvels, decaying cities and empty factories that once stood on the cutting edge of design and construction. Today they are discarded, dangerous, and some of them are even deadly. "Mysteries of the Abandoned" reveals why these engineering triumphs were built and how they were left to crumble. In each hourlong episode, stories tell of who originally designed the structure, its historical significance, and why it was ultimately no longer viable. California's Goat Canyon Trestle railway, Pennsylvania's Kinzua Viaduct steel bridge, the Grand Goulets Road in the French Alps, and Hashima Island, a once thriving and now deserted Japanese island, are among episode subjects.
Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2017
Genres: DocuseriesTV Series
Rating: TVPG
Playback: HD
8 seasons available on demand (91 episodes)
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