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Aerial Urbex: 7 Difficult Deserted Places Filmed with Drones

BY Alan Perlman
13 May 2015

Source: Web Urbanist
By: Kurt Kohlstedt (Urbanist)


Drones have changed the landscape of urban exploration and building infiltration, allowing their navigators access to toxic, irradiated, forbidden and structurally unsound places. These haunting videos illustrate how drones have been used to document inaccessible spaces and find amazing forgotten places.

St Peters Seminary, Cardross, Scotland

St. Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, is set to be restored thanks to millions in grants and donations, but for now it remains in a remarkably ruined state – crumbling, overgrown and vandalized. The scenes shot for this film are amazing as they not only fly over and around the building by right through it, passing between levels missing both floors and ceilings that would otherwise be impossible to see in person.


Underdrone combines upside-down footage from the “Lost Places Project,” a world tour including destinations within France, Argentina, Sicily, Greece and China using a DJI Ph2, H3-3D and GoPro3. The inverted perspective adds a layer of eerie vertigo to these spectacular and strange settings.

Naza Abandoned Renaissance Festival

FPV Flight 109 TBS Discovery Naza Abandoned Renaissance Festival

Drones can also provide the means to uncover new abandonments, discovering long-deserted places that have fallen from maps and have no landmarks pointing the way, as was the case with this abandoned Renaissance Faire. Locate in Fredericksburg, Virginia, it was found thanks to the use of a quadcopter and TBS Discovery with Naza GPS. The remote location is possible to reach, but thanks to ticks in the area may be best enjoyed remotely (or: via remote control).



Previously featured on WebUrbanist, Postcards from Pripyat is an essential in any drone urbex collection. It was filmed by Danny Cooke on a trip to Ukraine as part of a 60 Minutes story aired on CBS about the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear incident and ongoing efforts to cap the remains of the reactor.


Miranda Castle in Belgium is an undeniably beautiful building, even in its decrepit state, but many of its best details are ideally seen from close up or even above, as these aerial drone footage illustrates admirably. Its spires, chimneys, balconies and more are all on display thanks to the filmmakers of the Icarus Project.


Abandoned Michigan Central Train Station in Detroit, Filmed with DJI Phantom 2 Drone

Michigan Central Station may be one of the most famous (and massive) abandoned places in Detroit, towering over the surrounding low-rise neighborhood and full of hidden dangers – but not for a drone flying up the side, swooping around and ultimately over it.


Phantom Drone Flies Over Flooded Quarry | Finds Buried Treasure

Flying over an abandoned water-filled quarry, this drone makes a series of discoveries, finding abandoned bulldozers, cranes and other heavy equipment submerged in water when the place was flooded then left behind to decay underwater.

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