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The centre of a named settlement which is abandoned Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: places
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
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Status: in use

The abandoned:place=* key is used to name a location which was formerly a populated settlement such as an abandoned village, hamlet, farm or isolated dwelling. Unlike a disused:place=*, an abandoned:place=* is no longer inhabitable and could not be easily repaired and returned to use. See abandoned:*=*

How to map

Place a node at the appropriate location and add a abandoned:place=hamlet, or abandoned:place=village, abandoned:place=farm, or abandoned:place=isolated_dwelling as appropriate, together with name=*. Other possible tags are wikipedia=*, wikidata=*, note=*, source=*, and description=*

It is not recommended to map an abandoned place as an area, because it is not usually possible to verify the extent of the area of an abandoned settlement.


abandoned:place=* is often used to map the locations and names of former human settlements for which most features are gone, but which still are known locally as named locations. This is most frequent in the case of former hamlets abandoned:place=hamlet, but there are also a number of abandoned:place=farm, abandoned:place=isolated_dwelling and abandoned:place=village. There may or may not be contemporary road signs which indicate the existence of the location. There may be other named and taggable elements near its location, such as a cemetery.

Many such features are currently tagged place=locality, especially in the United States where many GNIS features were imported as place=locality. However, place=locality is a much less specific tag, used for many other features, including places that were never populated.

See also

For a description of the "abandoned:" lifecycle prefix see abandoned:*=*. For a description of the related "disused:" lifecycle prefix see disused:=*. For currently or seasonally populated places see place=*. For formerly inhabited settlements which could be repaired and returned to use, see disused:place=*