Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

The Deadest of Cities

January 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Of the twenty abandoned cities chronicled on this list, none seems quite as spooky as Agdam. Once home to 150,000 Azerbaijanis, the city’s population is now officially zero, thanks to the ravages of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Agdam was supposed to the capital of a new republic, but was instead destroyed by retreating Armenian soldiers in the waning days of the conflict. The residents who fled didn’t bother returning to rebuild, leaving a bombed-out husk of a city that would’ve made an excellent setting for the film version of The Road.

An Agdam travelogue can be found here, and an eerie photo set here. Kudos to whoever added this lone splash of color to the shattered landscape—without it, Agdam would be a good candidate for bleakest locale on the planet.


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  • William

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