18 Spooky Deserted Streets of a Medieval Stone City
Ancient History: With just over 1,000 inhabitants, Albarracín is not yet an abandoned ghost town – at least not entirely. This small city in rural Spain sites on a hillside in the Universales Mountains and dates back to medieval times, complete with a defensive moat, enclosed city squares, winding alleyways and towering town walls of stone with castle-like turrets still standing along them at ragged intervals.
Modern Exploration: The stone-cobbled streets have worn smooth over the centuries, rising and falling with the natural topography and evolving complex of crooked buildings that are in many cases hundreds of years old. In most of the remaining old structures, stone bases give way to half-timbered wood-and-plaster second stories above. Iron knobs dot the doors and wrought-iron railings run round the windows to form ornate balconies. Photographer Jose Luis Mieza Ramos captures these charming and compelling architectural details in vivid color through this incredible photo series, which documents the town in ghostly enhanced pictures during times when its streets are the spookiest: devoid entirely of human activity.