Ghost towns are usually defined as an abandoned village, town, or city, usually one that contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters etc.
There are many ghost towns in the world today due to so many reasons. In fact some of them have even become tourist attractions. Look at the pictures below. In an instant you will be transported to some small dilapidated and ruined town in Germany. Such is the effect of a war especially a World War.
By now looking at the images, you must be getting goosebumps and imagining all the atrocities that had happened in this ghost town. But……hang on for the big surprise….
….it turns out that these pictures of the destroyed ghost town that was documented by Russian photographer Dmitry Chistoprudov and shared via his Live Journal site, was in fact a giant stage of trickery built by Mosfilm, the largest and oldest film studio in Europe.
Mosfilm produces more than hundred films a year with a capacity of ten independent studios located within 13 sound stages, occupying an area of 13,000 sq. meters. They even give tours, and allow visitors to view Mosfilm’s enormous depot with 170 tanks and 50 vintage cars, as well as entire towns constructed just for shooting a single scene. Check out the other sets on their website.
Photographs by Dmitriy Chistoprudov