An Ice-Covered Russian Ghost Town (9 photos)

Ice crystals completely cover a small chandelier and the ceiling it hangs from.

Earlier this week, the photographer Maria Passer visited some of the ice-covered abandoned buildings of Vorkuta, a dwindling coal-mining city north of the Arctic Circle, in Russia’s Komi Republic. Temperatures in Vorkuta can drop as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit in the coldest winter months. Fewer than half of the city’s once-active coal mines still operate today, and the ongoing unemployment crisis has driven residents to leave by the thousands, abandoning huge Soviet-era housing blocks to the elements. Every winter, the snow and ice move in, encrusting what used to be people’s living rooms, offices, and bedrooms.


Ice crystals completely cover a chandelier and the ceiling it hangs from. in an abandoned building in Vorkuta, Komi Republic, Russia, on March 1, 2021.

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Maria Passer / Anadolu Agency / Getty)

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