Robert Bowen May 24th, 2011

40+ Inspiring Grunge Ridden Photos of Ruins

As we move forward leaving our history behind us, time takes its toll upon that which we have left there. For centuries people have been building structures that have weathered and ruined over time, and in those ruins is more than a rich reminder of our past. There lies an abundance of inspiration just waiting there to be tapped by anyone who happens upon them.

With so many classic examples of solid, pristine structures evolving into grunge-ridden ruins holding attitudes and tones they once failed to possess. All imparted by the degradation time has inflicted upon them. That is what we find ourselves in search of today. That attitude and tone that grunge can impart for our design works.

By browsing through these fantastic photographs of ruined remains, we hope that you can find all the inspiration you need to get your grunge-ridden design project on its proverbial feet and running! With so many amazing textures and corrupted compositions displayed through the hands of decay, inspiration should be flowing freely for you in no time.

The Ruins

San Galgano

Lost Places

Whitby Abbey



Ruins of the Church of St. Paul

Ruins by kiwi


Roman ruins in Lebanon

Temple Ruins in the Jungle of Cambodia



Ruins at Angkor

Bury St Edmunds the Abbey Ruins

Takeda Castle Ruins

Ruins of Old

Great Memories

Ruins in Tulum

Ruins of Castle

Ruins of the Old Cathedral


Aztec Ruins

House Ruins

Palace Ruins

View from inside the drowned church in Mavrovo Lake, North Macedonia


Abbey Ruins

Remaining church tower of Cagsawa

Roman forum

Via Giulia ruins

Byblos - Jbeil ruins

Church Ruin

The Ruined Arch

Greek Temple Ruins

Temple of the Jaguar


Fountains Abbey Ruins

The Windsor Ruins

Tollan-Xicocotitlan Pyramid at Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico


Ruins of Machu Picchu

Robert Bowen

Robert Bowen is an emerging author, celebrated podcaster and poet, and most recently the co-founder and imaginative co-contributor of the creative design and blogging duo at the Arbenting and Dead Wings Designs.


  1. Thanks for the feedback! It is true, Mainual, they do show how temporary these structures truly are.

    Andre, it is more about the places than the photos, so glad the ruins resonate!

  2. Andre is right on some of these being shot in an undermining way, but this is some fascinating list, didn’t know most of them so thanks for sharing!

  3. These are some fantastic photos! I love history, and almost everything I do has a bit of historical fact in it :)

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