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    Kolmanskop, Namibia 🇳🇦
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Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Nambia, 10 kilometres inland from Lüderitz.
In 1908, the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector. Realizing the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement, and soon after the German Empire started to exploit the diamond field.
Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, theatre, sport-hall, casino and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link  to Lüderitz
The town started to decline after World War II when the diamond-field slowly started to deplete. By the early 50s, the area was in decline. Hastening the town’s demise was the discovery in 1928 of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known, on the beach terraces 270 km south of Kolmanskop, near the Orange River. Many of the town’s inhabitants joined the rush to the south, leaving their homes and possessions behind. The new diamond find merely required scouting the beaches as opposed to more difficult mining. The town was ultimately abandoned in 1956. You can now visit the sit and see how the desert invaded the place.
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    Kolmanskop, Namibia 🇳🇦
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    Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Nambia, 10 kilometres inland from Lüderitz.
    In 1908, the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector. Realizing the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement, and soon after the German Empire started to exploit the diamond field.
    Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, theatre, sport-hall, casino and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link  to Lüderitz
    The town started to decline after World War II when the diamond-field slowly started to deplete. By the early 50s, the area was in decline. Hastening the town’s demise was the discovery in 1928 of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known, on the beach terraces 270 km south of Kolmanskop, near the Orange River. Many of the town’s inhabitants joined the rush to the south, leaving their homes and possessions behind. The new diamond find merely required scouting the beaches as opposed to more difficult mining. The town was ultimately abandoned in 1956. You can now visit the sit and see how the desert invaded the place.
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    #travel #travelgram #instravel #picoftheday #photography #travelphotography #photographylovers #canonphotography #canon7dmarkii #nofilter #canon #namibia #africa #african #kolmanskop #abandoned
    #abandonedplaces #desert #dunes #colours #old #mine #diamond #railway #nature #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturelovers #landscape

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