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10/19/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Abandoned Mining Town That's Colorful To This Day

If you thought this Turkish ghost town was a bit too spooky to visit, then you'll probably prefer this surprisingly colorful abandoned town in Chile.

This particular ghost town, called Sewell, sits in the Andes, beneath beautiful blue skies, south of Santiago.

sewell chile

Sewell has two nicknames -- Ciudad de las Escaleras (City of Stairs) or Ciudad Derramada en el Cerro (City Spread Down the Hill) -- due to its unique geography.

sewell chile

sewell chile

Sewell might be more accurately named if it were called "The City of Copper," which is why the town was founded in 1905. American mining engineer William Braden built the town above the world's largest underground copper mine, El Teniente. The town provided shelter for those working in the mine.

After the copper industry became part of the national Copper Corporation of Chile in the 1970s, workers were moved to different areas and Sewell was eventually abandoned. Today, Sewell is a protected national monument, UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favored tourist attraction because of its beautifully colored buildings and distinct layout.

sewell chile

sewell chile

sewell chile

H/T Amusing Planet

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