Let's build a sandcastle — stunning pictures of abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

These stunning photographs show an abandoned diamond mine being taken over by an abundance of sand. Several rooms and even a bathtub are being flooded by sand — making the history completely unrecognizable.

This collection of pictures was taken by David Swindler at a facility along the B4 corridor between Luderitz and Aus in Namibia. Regarding the background of the mine’s developers, David, 38, reported that some German immigrants first started coming to this area in the late 1800s and worked on constructing a rail line into the interior of the country. (Caters News)

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Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

Inside one of the structures at what used to be a diamond mine in Namibia. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

This bathtub is now floating in a pool of sand. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, residents built a village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle alley, theater and sport hall, casino, ice factory and the first X-ray-station in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the first tram in Africa. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

This collection of pictures was taken along the B4 corridor between Luderitz and Aus in Namibia. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

Photographer David Swindler, 38, said that German immigrants started coming to this area in the late 1800s. During construction, they found diamonds. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

In 1908, the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector August Stauch. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

Realizing the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement. Soon the German government declared the zone a “Sperrgebiet” (restricted area) and started to exploit the diamond field. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

But residents later left their homes, after another diamond deposit was found in the south in 1928.(Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

By the early ’30s, the area was in decline. The main factor in the town’s demise was the discovery in 1928 of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known. These were on the beach terraces 270 kilometers south of Kolmanskop, near the Orange River. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

Eventually the desert reclaimed the town and sand started filling the homes. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

“The town of Kolmanskop was larger than I initially thought,” Swindler says. “Many of the buildings aren’t full of sand.” (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

“The town had such a feeling of being forgotten.” Due to its location within the restricted area of the Namib desert, tourists need a permit to enter the town. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

“It’s such a unique spot in the world where you can see ruins like this.” (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand

The town was ultimately abandoned in 1954. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. (Photo: David Swindler/Caters News)

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