From radar facilities to bunkers and gun-keeping to forts, armies build the infrastructure to carry out their missions. When their usefulness is out, however, those establishments sometimes remain for years, decades, or even centuries, standing as crumbling and dilapidated reminders of past wars.
For this reason, Stacker took a look at 25 photos of abandoned military installations and their stories. Some abandoned military structures become abandoned and overtaken by nature. Others become the center of attraction for tourists wanting to watch the spectacular sunset and take some selfies. Many are so chemically contaminated that it would be dangerous to go near them.
Armies around the world leave tranches left in their wake, sometimes as small, simple structures and sometimes as vast, sprawling complexes that once housed soldiers and their families.
Keep reading to see the stunning abandoned military structures standing today.
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