Chimopar - Atlas Obscura


A chemical factory damaged by two earthquakes and an explosion that became abandoned after bankruptcy. 


Chimopar is a breath-taking, abandoned chemical factory complex on the outskirts of the Romanian capital. Created between 1895-1896 under the leadership of General Eremia Grigorescu, Chimopar, also once known as Dudești Chemical Enterprise, used to produce gunpowder and other chemical compounds. It is currently a large, abandoned complex of several buildings that eventually became bankrupt, turning into a literal ruin in outer Bucharest.

Chimopar’s history is a common story for industries in Romania. It faced two earthquakes, and got damaged by explosions in 1902, 1923 and 1979 respectively. Undeterred, it continued its operations under the Communist regime. Although the factory expanded during this time, all of that came to an abrupt end in 1989. As Romania’s economic landscape crumbled, Chimopar too fell victim to massive changes, and ultimately privatisation led to its downfall in the 90s. With the entire industry having subsequently collapsed, it has since been left abandoned, explored by many who wish to see its old factory walls.

Today, the factory’s grounds offer a remarkable blend of contrasts. Once a hub of industry, now different kinds of explorers frequent the area - from airsoft teams, and graffiti artists, to hipsters and general urbex fans. Chimopar is worth a visit if you would like to understand both the history of the country and see something very unique. It covers a very big area of land, around 32 acres or 80 hectares, likely to leave you speechless at the sight of so many old, decayed warehouses and factory buildings.

Know Before You Go

It is abandoned, with potentially some stray dog visitors. It is also subject to theft of its bricks and other materials. Explore at your own risk and be mindful that this is a big complex.

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