The mysterious car graveyard in Châtillon, Belgium

Cimetière de voitures à Châtillon, en Belgique

Old cars abandoned in a Belgian forest near Châtillon

These apocalyptic, ghostly images aren’t part of a scene from The Walking Dead, they were taken inone of the world’s largest car graveyards, in Châtillon, in south-east Belgium.

According to an urban legend, these cars were abandoned by American soldiers from the Second World War, who couldn’t ship them back to the USA, so decided to hide them in a forest until they could return to retrieve them. Locals disagree with this version of the story, and point out that it’s simply an old dumping ground for cars made after the Second World War.

Cimetière de voitures à Châtillon, en Belgique

At one time, there were four car graveyards in Châtillon, with no fewer than 500 retro vehicles. Unfortunately, most of the cars were stolen, or removed by local residents. Due to environmental concerns, all the cemeteries were cleaned up in 2010. Today, only one remains.

The layout of these cars gives us the impression that a traffic jam has taken place here, never giving the vehicles a chance to move on. Over time, corrosion and deterioration have left the cars in a state of disrepair, and what little remained has been salvaged by locals and collectors alike.

This graveyard of car wrecks, which will soon disappear, was photographed from every angle. Here are a few of them:

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Sources: Amusing Planet, Bored Panda