I am using cookies to give you the best experience on my website.
You can find out more about which cookies I am using or switch them off in settings.
In a small town, halfway through the country, this marble staircase is found in a beautiful castle. The castle, showing signs of renovation attempts, was used as a summer or holiday residence for a couple living in the North, as told by a lovely old woman living nearby. She was most likely in her 80’s and invited me into her home to talk about the castle, show me photos, and give me a kiss and a hug when I left.
The detail of the decoration in this room is beyond amazing.
The Castle of Sammezzano is a rare example of eclectic and Moorish architecture in Europe. Over the second half of the 19th century, this formerly medieval castle was transformed into a fine example of the Orientalist fashion by Marchese Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona. Ferdinando was influenced by several Eastern trends, focusing on two particular styles: Arabic-Moorish, with its white “intertwined ropes” of stucco, and Indo-Persian, characterized by strong polychromatic colours. Following the Second World War, the castle became a luxury hotel. However, for over 25 years the site has been unoccupied and neglected with its ownership remaining insecure. As a result, broken windows have gone unmended and leaking roofs unrepaired, which in turn led to severe water damage and major deterioration of the fabric of the building. The lack of security has laid the site bare to thefts and vandalism.
Visiting this location was a highlight of one of my trips in Italy. Expectations weren’t too high but I was very surprised to see the beauty of each individual floor.
This is one of the hallways on the outer side of the building. Each floor has a hallway that looks like this with beautiful soft colors and arches.
A kitchen in a beautiful abandoned Italian villa.
An abandoned castle with a beautiful statue inside. The room has amazing decoration, and is a joy to the eye.
Plants on the Floor
This is a photo of a dark room in an abandoned hotel. Due to fire and rainfall the hotel is heavily damaged and fell into disrepair.
A beautiful room in an abandoned farm in Italy with an impressive fresco covering each wall and ceiling.
At the end of the 19th century this beautiful, and now abandoned, chapel was built. The architect promised to design a chapel in old Gothic style, and lived up to that promise. The chapel is surrounded by an immense garden. Nature is clearly taking over.
This is a photo that I’ve taken inside of an abandoned villa that’s been built in the early 20th century. It has 4 levels and is characterized by great architectural details. The view across the village from this room was amazing.
This is a photo of a book room in an abandoned doctor’s practice.
This photo is taken in an abandoned castle. The piano and the beautiful staircase are the eye-catcher in this image.
This is a photo of the abandoned swimming pool in Pripyat – Ukraine.
Piano in the Dust
This is a photo of a room in a very impressive abandoned palace. It’s a massive building which is currently under renovation (exterior and interior).
The original building was built in the 13th century but in the 17th century the palace was expanded and transformed into a residency. It has had many different owners and in the 19th century it was uninhabited for several years. At the very end of this same century a wealthy American bought the palace as a wedding gift for his daughter. They invested a lot of money in repairing the castle and bringing back its former glory. During the 2nd World War the palace was used as an archive facility and was therefor heavily guarded. It didn’t suffer any damage during the war. After the war it was used as a sanatorium for children.
This photo is taken in the greenhouse of a beautiful abandoned castle. There were a lot of pianos in the castle which are now stored away somewhere safe while renovations tend to start. There hasn’t been a lot of progress yet, but I’m sure it will eventually complete. People have great plans with this amazing place.
This is a photo of an awesome abandoned car I photographed a while ago. It’s lovely how the moss is taking over the frame. The car was on a terrain where I also found a huge wine cellar, which I will show you later. Little to no history did I find unfortunately about it.
This is a beautiful abandoned control room built in art-deco style. One of a kind. This is the winning photo of the Art of Building – 2016 contest.
This is a photo in a building that’s been opened in the early 20th century. The place was a refuge for children that needed preventive care for lung disease. The building is located on a hill about 600m high and was surrounded by healthy air. It has now been abandoned for tens of years and is decaying heavily. This is one of those places that I had great fun exploring it. The decay was amazing and there was a lot more to see than I expected.
p.s. have you checked out my article about abandoned bedrooms yet? Check it out on the link below:
This photo is taken in a beautiful abandoned castle. There were a lot of pianos in the castle which are now stored away somewhere safe while renovations tend to start. There hasn’t been a lot of progress yet, but I’m sure it will eventually complete. People have great plans with this amazing place.
This is shot in an abandoned animal testing facility in Italy.
This is a photo of an abandoned train cabin that’s been transformed into a restaurant. People used to have dinner in these seats. There are more vehicles spread over the terrain, like a bus that’s been transformed into a kitchen.
I found this Fiat in an abandoned garage next to a derelict villa somewhere in Italy.
This is a photo that I’ve taken on the balcony of an abandoned villa that’s considered to be an artistic masterpiece. Various architectural styles have been combined into one building. The villa has been a house to several lucky owners, a prison in World War II and even a school. Nowadays the municipality owns the complex. It seems that renovation works have started but are taking quite a long time.
This building is one of those places that I could easily imagine myself living in. The view from this balcony is breathtaking and the area is beautiful.
This is a photo in what was once the most glorious building of Romania but since 1990 it’s been abandoned and slowly but surely falling apart. The building is now listed as a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs of Romania. Check out my blog for more info.
This is a photo of a room in an abandoned hotel. The hotel is abandoned for many years and in a very bad state. As you can see in this picture the beds nearly fell through the floor because it’s rotten.
I carefully walked into the room trying to take this picture, and I squeezed myself in the corner. While taking the picture a bat flew in and made a few circles in the room. During the trip I walked into several bats on different locations, and I’m scared of them. I wanted to escape but couldn’t make a run for it on a floor like this, haha. So I sat in the corner not making any sound and not moving a muscle, hoping the bat would go away (it did by the way).
This is a photo of an amazing staircase in an abandoned building that had several functions. It was built in the early 20th century and the architect was inspired by transportation. It’s been abandoned for over 30 years.
The power plant itself is over a 100 years old providing power to a large city nearby. It is partially still in use, but this control room has been abandoned for quite some time.
This is a photo of a beautiful abandoned church, which is now a ruin, that has been built around 1970. It’s a shame to see it in this state. I’m quite sure it must have been beautiful when it was still being used. The blue tones give it a sweet look.
The building is completely being taken over by nature, as you can see in the picture. Planks that fell down from the ceiling were lying here and there with rusty nails in it. My friend warned me not to step on them. About 2 minutes later I felt one of these nails entering my shoe, nearly piercing my foot. Glad that didn’t happen! 😉
This is a photo of a lovely swimming pool in an abandoned hotel somewhere in Germany. Still one of my favorite locations today. The decay inside was lovely. Must have been such a great place back in the days when it was still active.
This is a beautiful abandoned farmhouse filled with a lot of antique furniture and amazing objects. Some of these objects indicate the owner left around a year ago, which is nearly unbelievable considering the state the house is in. I took this photo in a room which was most likely an office.
This is one of the amazing rooms (where people used to party) of a beautiful castle in Poland that has been built somewhere between the 14th and 16th century. The castle has had many owners. In the 19th century the building suffered from a big fire causing the need to become reconstructed. In its last years it served as a school. Many famous guests visited the castle, including one of the former presidents of the USA.
The first time visiting this place, about 3 years ago, we were unable to find an entrance. Luckily we ran into a very helpful guy who happened to be the son of the major of the town. He called his dad and he quickly came trying to help us. Unfortunately even the major of the town couldn’t get us in. Glad I’ve been able to see the interior years later.
House to Commemorate
This is a photo I took quite some time ago in the living room of an abandoned house. It’s one of my rare explores in The Netherlands.
Living room of an abandoned house with a piano inside.
Formerly one of the largest wine storage and transportation facilities of Europe.
The abandoned casino in Constanta – Romania.
In this picture you see an old and beautiful little chapel with a grave inside. The chapel was surrounded by abandoned buildings that were mostly destroyed. It’s a tiny building, compared to the rest on site, even though my wide-angle lens might make it look a lot larger.
A room that’s part of an abandoned cloister that’s been built in the 14th century.
Forgotten workspace in a large abandoned wool factory.
A look outside on top of the staircase in the amazing Beelitz complex.
Forgotten greenhouse on a rather large site in the south of France.
Hallway full of Decay
Hallway in the amazing Beelitz complex in Germany.
A house right out of a fairytale hidden in the woods.
These baskets have been used by miners to store their personal belongings during their shift.
A monument in Bulgaria, rigged with alarms.
The most beautiful church with the most amazing colors I have seen thus far.
A chapel decorated with beautiful soft colors and decaying heavily.
Sunrise in Church
One of the first explores I did was this beautiful abandoned church, part of a monastery.
The desk of an artist in an abandoned castle in Italy.
Back in School
Classroom in an abandoned children’s holiday resort.
Bags of Wool
Collection of forgotten bags of wool in an abandoned wool factory.
Huge staircase that leaved a massive impression in an abandoned hospital complex.
The master bedroom in one of the most amazing abandoned castles I have explored.
Chambre of Commerce
The amazing abandoned Chambre of Commerce in one of Belgium finest cities.
One of the most beautiful chapels I have seen. Lovely shape and decay. Currently in restoration.
This is the dining room of an abandoned children’s home.
Don’t do it
Swimming pool in an abandoned Polish military and medical complex. Guarded by a man and his dogs.
Driving on the Highway
An abandoned pottery factory in France with a lot of items still in stock.
The only interesting room in a large abandoned industrial complex.
Huge snow-cat used in an expedition on Antartica.
Forgot my Gear
Small side-room of an abandoned hotel in a wintersport environment.
A green hallway, due to nature, in a huge abandoned medical complex.
A green Ford Mustang in a garage of an abandoned castle.
An old and forgotten hearse in a monastery. This was such a relaxed place to explore.
Like they just left..
Science fiction look in this abandoned gym.
In the Corner
At the end of a hallway in an abandoned Italian hospital this setup was found.
Lunch table at an abandoned Italian villa.
Breathtaking and magical view over the Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.
Challenging point of view of an abandoned piano in a French castle.
Amazing staircase in an abandoned military complex.
Out of Water
A swimming pool, part of an abandoned hotel, that’s been running out of water.
This staircase is pure perfection. Beautiful architecture.
Beautiful piano in a soft-colored setup in an abandoned villa in Italy.
Play me a Song
Piano in an abandoned hotel in Austria.
An abandoned house. The closet gave up.
The reflection of a lamp is clearly visible in the mirror above the piano.
This cinema was hit by a fire and has been forgotten since then.
Amazing staircase in a beautiful French castle.
Sitting in Church
Ghosts figures in a church, part of an art-project.
A very dark church with religious figures on the sides.
Can you imagine this building was used as a prison in World War II?
Looks like a tomb but is a monument. Very interesting object.
An abandoned theatre in Bulgaria where the light shines in beautifully.
A couple of frameworks from the legendary Trabant car.
Former cavalry barracks from 1937 (later used for armored troops). In 1945 the Russians occupied this complex. It was a very valuable complex due to its strategic position. In 1992 the Russians left this huge terrain and since then it’s been left for nature to take over. This is the gym.
Decay in Control
This control room is in an abandoned mine that’s over a hundred years old. The control room itself is a lot less older.
Window to my Soul
The architecture of this place is magnificent. The building, a mine, I’ve taken this shot in is over a hundred years old.
You can adjust all of your cookie settings by navigating the tabs on the left hand side.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that I can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, I will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
3rd Party Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps me to improve our website.
This website also tracks if you have received a pop-up to sign-up for my monthly newsletter.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!