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  1. An abandoned church near a farm somewhere in Italy. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  2. I've been a little bit quiet on the editing front in the last week or two - but i'm back on it now, so here's a beautiful villa from Italy! This was another early morning start but boy was it worth it! We got in whilst it was still dark and chilled out for a bit, before watching the sunrise on the balcony and beginning to shoot. We spent a while here before moving on, so here's some photos.. I did take a million and one photos here but I wasn't happy with most of them - so I hope these will suffice! As always, thanks for looking!
  3. Another beautiful castello on our trip, and one that gave me a lovely unexpected shock. I'd seen pictures of this place - pictures of the hanging giant and i'd wanted to visit for so long. I didn't know what to expect, I didn't recognise the name. After a long search we found a way in, and it was only when we were inside I recognised where we were, and it was an "ohhhhh it's this place" situation. It exceeded my expectations, and I absolutely loved it. We spent so long in here mooching around and searching for the giant, and the reward was definitely worth it when we got there. We'd run out of water and had one bottle of beer between us - so a celebratory drink was gone in seconds when we made it out As always, thanks for looking!
  4. Now looking at this giant concrete monstrosity from the outside we thought "there's no way there can be anything nice inside" - but we were pleasantly surprised. This was a massive place, and it smelt absolutely disgusting inside. We spent a fair while in here and even longer shooting the bloody spiral staircase , but it was worth it. Enjoyed the natural decay here, and although it was a little trashed there seemed to be little sign of graffiti and that - probably due to the remote location as getting in was a breeze. As always, thanks for looking!
  5. The small church with an octagonal dome ceiling is part of an also abandoned mansion. It was built about 1900, unfortunately that's all I know about. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  6. Italy Blue Chapel, Italy - September 2016

    Carrying on with the Italy bits - this was an extremely beautiful we visited on our last day. It was a flying visit as we were kinda short on time, but it was nice to get it done. There were other parts to this abandoned monastery, but we focused on the chapel. It seems the vandals have just moved in with a little bit of graff on the floor, but nothing to major - hopefully it stays that way. As always, thanks for looking!
  7. Italy This Is The End, Italy - September 2016

    So this was on the home leg of my Italy tour, and one i'd definitely been looking forward to doing. We weren't able to do this early due to time constraints, so we went for it on a sunny afternoon. It's situated in the back part of a graveyard, and the lady in the flower shop conveniently placed by the entrance. She knows what we do - so trying to act as inconspicuous as possible we wondered through the entrance, and took a fast walk to the restricted buildings to get our shots. We didn't spend too long inside, but it was one i was glad to visit. As always, thanks for looking!
  8. During my visit it was raining heavily. The old Italian villa was built about 1900 and is surrounded by a large park. Unfortunately I don't know who was the owner or when it was abandoned. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  9. The castle was built by a disgruntled Count after an inheritance dispute on the turn of the 20th century didn't go their way. The Count employed an architect from Turin and lived a lavish lifestyle for over 40 years until he passed away. A few years later the castle was left abandoned. We arrived here late in the afternoon and spent a while finding a way in, but it was definitely worth it. It's a shame we lost the light here, because there were many other ornate rooms to photography - but at least the top of the tower yielded a beautiful sunset over the hills. As always, thanks for looking!
  10. The church was built in the late 19th century. Today it's a beautiful ruin. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 (Panorama) 21 22 23
  11. Inside the villa there is not much to see anymore, except a quite nice staircase and decay. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  12. Actually, we wanted to visit an abandoned church, but unfortunately, meanwhile the former entrance was sealed. But it's indeed - "When one door closes, another opens." ... Opposite to the church was this mansion, also abandoned, and fortunately accessible. Although empty, but with some nice ceilings. The mansion was built in 1861, that's all I know about the estate. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  13. A former Jesuit College. Due to its location, fortunately it was largely spared of vandalism. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
  14. Italy Feb 2016 Manicomio Di R

    Another belting location visited with Stussy on our mini Italy tour Cheers The Baron
  15. The former sanatorium for children with respiratory diseases was opened in 1937. During World War II, from the end of August 1944, it was used as a partisan hospital. Due to the arrival of German troops, the building was evacuated on November 29th. + + + 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  16. Different ones, somewhere in Italy. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  17. A former factory for sinks, toilet bowls and so on. Unfortunately I know nothing about its history. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  18. We drove past there on our last trip to Italy. So we stopped, to have a look inside. Of course "Teatro" isn't the real name. I've changed it on the sighn. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  19. One of my favourites during our trip through Italy. A beautiful chapel and when the sun shines you see the beautiful colors inside, it makes you speechless... #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
  20. It was the first day of my recent trip to Italy and the first place we visited. The villa is located secluded somewhere in the nowhere, above a small village. Unfortunately, I know nothing about its history. Inside it was largely empty, but many beautiful ceilings and wall paintings. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
  21. The majestic villa was built by a rich count in the 19th century. In recent decades, flooring, inventory, roof tiles and door frames were stolen. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
  22. Last week I did a trip through Italy and I couldn't resist to work already on this set. This was so beautiful inside, but there were construction workers on the side, so we had to be very quiet. Therefore I didn't had the change to look more around. I'm glad I managed to get inside, 'cause I hesitated to go inside, so when I finally decided to try I climbed into the wrong window omg, to get out wasn't that easy lol. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  23. Who thought I'd manage to post an entire set! This huge cotton mill was operated by one of the most important Italian textile companies and was abandoned in 2002. There are actually very few details available on this particular site's history, as the company initially started production in a nearby city and gradually acquired new plants. Although some of the buildings have been damaged by the rain and by (more than one) fire and despite the easy entrance, several mannequins, spools, paintings, printed textile samples, original drawings and who knows what else are still there untouched - quite surprisingly if you ask me! I plan on going back there soon as a half-day exploration was barely enough to cover half of the buildings! The infirmary: If you'd like to see the whole set, you can find it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neurojuice/albums/72157666964381081
  24. The Blue Chapel Monastery in Italy sits abandoned and features a bright blue chapel with a very large cross hanging from the ceiling. The chapel itself is the main point of interest in the place as the rest of the building was pretty well stripped back to its concrete and brick construction. Large cracks were showing within the main chapel mostly along the rear wall around a circular window which indicates some serious structural issues likely due to the years of neglect. Thankfully however, the Monastery is in a pretty isolated location and as a result remains relatively untouched and free from any major vandalism or graffiti. Visited with Matt Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Spider Monkey. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. More photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/13/urbex-blue-chapel-monastery-italy-april-2015/
  25. Non Plus Ultra Where do I even start! I visited here with Bigjobs and others. We were on our jollies and as far as I was concerned it was just going to be 12 days dicking about in Europe, swimming in lakes, drinking beer, celebrating a few birthdays, a bit of wild camping and generally just chilling out. Now Non Plus Ultra had been mentioned as a potential spot to stay but, being honest, I had no idea what it was or where it was, well apart from the fact we were in Italy so I'd guessed that much. Driving towards it Jobs pointed it out to me and from a distance it looked awesome. Leaving the cars at the bottom of the hill we trekked up to take a closer look, and yes I moaned all the way to the top.... Are we nearly there yet?, is it much further?, my legs hurt, I don't like hills, I need a wee....ahem well you get the picture! However when we finally rocked up at the top (ok ok it was only about a 20 minute walk but hey it was all uphill!!) all my moaning was forgotten and quickly replaced with an oooooooooh that's pretty, I like It was also a popular family day out, with people wandering round taking in the view of the Castle, surrounding buildings and gardens. Not put off we just bided our time, chilled out in the gardens, had a picnic, drank beer and when the coast was clear made our way in. Jobs had been in for a while before I went in and when I got in instinct was to grab my camera and go take pics, but Jobs stopped me, told me to leave the camera and just look. So leaving the camera in its bag I set off for a good old mooch and hell I was glad I'd left my camera where it was. To try and describe it is almost impossible, it's unique, it's ornately beautiful, it really is quite breathtaking, anyone listening would have heard me oohing and ahhhing with a few wow thats amazing thrown in! Room after room of mosaics, mirrors, carvings, all leading to the main room. A circular white room with colourful rooms of different designs and styles leading off in every direction. But that wasn't all, secret passages, I just love secret passages and this place had them everywhere. Doors carefully hidden in rooms leading to stairways and corridors to other parts of the castle. Presumeably used by servants in a time long past. It was easy to get lost, I'd go through one door and come out somewhere comepletely different from where I expected. I'd lose doors and not be able to find my way back to where I wanted to go. It was sooooooo much fun! I did take a few pics that night but as it was starting to get dark and the lighting wasn't in my favour I decided to wait till morning and instead settled down with beers and Prosecco and a moonlight mooch up on to the roof to take in the view. I didn't take my camera and didn't want to get lost by myself in the dark going to get it so no roftop pics Whilst the original rooms are utterly amazing, this has not been carried through to when it was converted into a hotel and the rooms were bland and standard. Although the leather settees made for a comfy nights sleep.I didn't see the whole castle, by the time I'd got up in the morning and taken hundreds of photos (it's really difficult to decide what to photo so I just photo'd everything lol) of the main rooms and not wanting to get spotted through the windows on the ground floor by any random visitor, I decided it was best to call it a day. oh yeah almost forgot, here is some history too, mainly courtesy of www.swide.com ..... Surrounded by a large park, it was originally built at the beginning of the 17th century by the the noble Spanish Ximenes d’Aragona family. Itwas a place with a centuries-old history, having hosted important residences (for example, the place was home to Charlemagne in 780, and also became the property of the Gualtierotti, Altoviti and de ‘Medici families at different times). But it was only in the 19th century that the building took on the Arabic identity that has made it famous. It was Marquis Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes (1813-1897) – who had inherited the castle – who set out to redesign the building, creating this wonder by extending and transforming the existing building through nearly 40 years of work. With 365 rooms, one for each day of the year, the main structure is an eclectic building in Moorish style, which was part of that typically 19th century phenomenon defined Orientalism, namely the artistic and stylistic movement that aimed at recovery and imitations of the visual arts, of applied arts and of oriental and Middle Eastern architecture. The beautiful castle is a prime example of architectural orientalism in Italy and, during the 1800s, experienced a period of great glory and fame (in 1878, it hosted King Umberto I of Italy) but thereafter, in the decades to come, was not properly cared for and valued. In fact, on the death of the Marquis at the end of the 19th century, a period of uncertainty about the fate of the castle opened up. With the arrival of the 20th century, the castle was plagued by misfortune and devastation: during the Second World War, in particular, the Germans looted the castle, pillaging especially from the park, which was richly decorated with statues and architectural pieces. After the war, the castle came back to life as a luxury hotel. Then, for many years, it was left without an owner, in a state of complete abandonment. After being a luxury hotel after the Second World War, the castle was sold at auction in 1999 to a British company, but nevertheless remained in a state of neglect for another twenty years. The company originally intended to build a large sports complex with adjoining golf course but, as a result of economic problems, the project was abandoned and the castle, in fact, forgotten. Only recently, in 2012, was hope rekindled that the castle would regain its lost splendour: in fact, a non-profit committee – the FPXA Committee named after Marquis Ximenes d’Aragona – was set up to promote and enhance the charming building, which by this time had become the property of Palmerstone Hotels & Resorts, which intends to turn it into a luxury sports village. The castle is also special outside: it is surrounded by a huge park, one of the largest in Tuscany. Built in the mid 19the century, it was originally home to a large number of exotic and rare tree species, like Californian redwoods, but also furnishing and small architectural elements in Moorish style (a bridge, an artificial cave, pools, fountains). Only a small part of the botanical heritage of the original park is known to us, although recently the replanting of species envisaged in the original design has started (araucaria, thuja, palm, yucca, oak, Atlas cedar, Lebanese cedar, hackberry and many others). The park also boasts a number of records: in particular, there is a 46-metre high sequoia, the tallest tree in Tuscany and one of the highest in Italy. And sorry lots of pics (controversially taken using both a Canon with fisheye lens and Nikon with a standard kit lens) The 'Monster' Taking a quick walk down the drive you come across an unsightly concrete beast! The structure was designed around the 70 and, once finished, would have to become a palace of congresses and hotel. The 'monster' however, was never completed and left them in the woods. A hunk of ugliness crumbling away spoiling the place for over thirty years.

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