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For features which are in ruins. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
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Status: in use

This tag is used in two ways:

  • as ruins=yes to indicate that a structure is in ruins,
  • as a sub-tag of historic=ruins to define the historic structure that is in ruins.


ruins=yes is used in conjunction with a tag representing a structure to indicate that the structure is in ruins, e.g. historic=castle + ruins=yes or building=yes + ruins=yes


  • Most data consumers don't evaluate the tag ruins=yes and thus handle the structure as it were intact. It is especially problematic for features such as amenity=hospital where ruins=yes would be a trolltag. For this reason, an unknown part of mappers advise not to use ruins=yes.[1] As an alternative, historic=ruins together with a ruins=* sub-tag is often used for historical ruins (see section Sub-tag of historic=ruins below) and the lifecycle prefix ruins:* for non-historic features. Though for some features, such as castles - also a ruined one fulfils very similar function (tourism attraction) so ruins=yes is not always a very big problem.
  • Some mappers use ruins=yes for structures that are still recognisable for what they once used to be, and historic=ruins or ruins:* for structures that are no longer recognisable for what they used to be (e.g. where only the foundation walls are still visible).
Tagging with ruins=yes Alternative tagging
historic=castle + ruins=yes historic=ruins + ruins=castle
building=yes + ruins=yes ruins:building=yes

Sub-tag of historic=ruins

ruins=* is used in conjunction with historic=ruins to define the historic structure that is in ruins, e.g. historic=ruins + ruins=church. Some used values are:

Key Value Description
ruins chapel Ruins of a historic chapel
ruins church Ruins of a historic church
ruins castle Ruins of a historic castle
ruins fort Ruins of a historic fort
ruins tower Ruins of a historic tower
ruins monastery Ruins of a historic monastery
ruins mosque Ruins of a historic mosque
ruins temple Ruins of a historic temple
ruins wall Ruins of a historic wall

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