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23 Super-Creepy Pictures Of Forgotten Olympic Villages

Nature's the ultimate winner in the end.

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1. Athens, Greece — home of the 1896 Summer Olympics

Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

A podium is shown inside the marble Panathinaikon stadium in Athens, Greece. The Panathenaic Stadium was the venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was also used for the archery events and the finish of the marathon during the 2004 Athens Games. While the the Panathenaic Stadium is still used locally for sporting events, many of Greece's once-gleaming Olympic venues have since been abandoned.

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The Olympic rings outside of the Helliniko Olympic complex is seen in ruins. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approximently 9 billion euros, with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games.

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Seats are pictured at the disused Olympic hockey stadium. Because to Greece's economic frailties, there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.


3. Atlanta, Georgia — home of the 1996 Summer Olympics

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The Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, used as a Centennial Olympic venue in Atlanta, Georgia, begins to fall after 350 pounds of explosives detonate in 1997.

4. Beijing, China — home of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Chinese tourists look through a security fence at the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", which was the venue for the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


5. Sarajevo, Bosnia — home of the 1984 Winter Olympics

Amel Emric / AP

A concrete podium for winners with the text "Winter Olympic Games 1984" stands abandoned at Mt. Igman, near the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Dado Ruvic / Reuters

The disused bobsleigh track from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics is seen on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble.


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The mural found in the former Olympic Village of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin has been correctly identified as Soviet in origin.