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|For features which are in ruins.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
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.
- 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. 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||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||chapel||Ruins of a historic chapel|
- Comparison of life cycle concepts — various ways (several in proposal stage) to represent map features at different points of their life cycle
- Lifecycle prefix — one of the ways to represent map features according to their life cycle stage