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Szentkirályszabadja – The Town Where Nature Is Taking Back Her Territory

Szentkirályszabadja is an abandoned village in the county of Veszprém, Hungary. According to many, this is literally the place with no value whatsoever. The reason behind this lies in the fact that everything valuable in the apartments has already been taken. However, this doesn’t mean that Szentkirályszabadja cannot be a tourist attraction. In fact, lots of curious city researchers and airsoft players have made the great decision of visiting this small Hungarian Pripyat at least once in their life.

The story of Szentkirályszabadja is indeed interesting. In the beginning of its history, the 13th Poltava Guards Tank Division had been stationed there. Then, in the 1860s, this place was primarily reserved to house Soviet soldiers.

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Over time, a small community was formed in this place which was completely isolated from the rest of the world. As a result of this formation, the small town now was divided into two parts; the military one and the one which offered an ordinary civilian city to the locals who lived there.

Soviet Ghost Town

Despite being an isolated town, Szentkirályszabadja managed to thrive and offer to its locals everything that they needed: institutions, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, schools, kindergartens, and even pubs on the site. Still though, blocks of the barracks occupied most of the base.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the military base was almost deserted completely as many residents had to leave during the process of demobilizing the Hungarian defense forces.

After that, the town functioned as a helicopter regiment until 2004. After that, there was no trace of life in this town. Szentkirályszabadja gradually turned into nothing more than ruins and demolished buildings.

Now, all Szentkirályszabadja’s skyscrapers are prone to destruction. As nature has begun to take back her territory, it’s sad to see how this town has turned from a lively town to a completely abandoned one.

Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos
Gombás Ákos | Instagram @gombasakos

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