John Gimlette

The world’s best wrecks and ruins

Oliver Smith takes us on a tour of train graveyards, bunkers, ghost towns, crumbling palaces – and a 7,000-bedroom hotel in North Korea that never even opened

Sans Souci Palace, ‘the Versailles of the Caribbean’, built by Henri I of Haiti in 1810-13 [Alamy]

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