The Awesome Graffiti of Belgium’s Doomed Ghost Town



Image: Romany WG

It’s eerie feeling: walking down the streets of a modern town where no one – or almost no one – lives. The roads are still usable, many of the houses look habitable, yet there is barely a car to be seen, certainly not moving, and the rooms behind the windows are all but empty. This is the abandoned village of Doel, in Belgium, a place one recent visitor described as “the most spooky place I have ever been; real shiver down the spine stuff.”


Image: Romany WG

Despite the town’s virtually deserted state, there is life in Doel – beyond the scattering of people who remain. The life forms include giant animals, weird looking human figures and aliens, alongside robots and strange, disconnected body parts. They’re all here in the form of huge graffiti art pieces that cover many of the walls and buildings in this abandoned settlement. And they’re as colorful and varied as anything found in nature.

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