Urban Exploration (or Experiment, for some) a.k.a Urbex, in its truest sense, was coined in the early 1980s.
However, historically, Urban Exploration as such, has been practiced by people for centuries, as evidenced by the many artistic “retros” in ancient arts, such as Egyptomania, or neo-classicist paintings. What were the old neo-classic painters visiting the world’s ancient cities, if not Urbexers ? Or the Romantics walking through Roman ruins across Europe ? Not to mention the ever popular macabre “excursions” in the catacombs and other mass graves.