Every region or country has its share of abandoned houses, deserted streets and uninhabited human settlements.

There are different reasons why some places get abandoned and haunted by history's unwelcome memories.  While people had to leave some of these places following a disaster or war, others lie abandoned as an aftermath of a downturn. There could be social, religious and other reasons too.

Check out the slideshow to know about such places around the world and why they remain uninhabited.