Saint-Etienne is a city in eastern central France and was named after Saint Stephen. It first appears in the historical record in the Middle Ages as Saint-Etienne de Furan. In the 13th century it was a small borough around the church dedicated to Saint Etienne. On the upper reaches of the Furan near the Way of St. James the Abbey of Valbenoote had been founded by the cistercians in 1222. In the late 15th century it was a fortified village defended by walls built around the original nucleus. Today, the church you above still stands, though now abandoned. Continue reading for abandoned places from around the world that time forgot.