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Hello everyone! Some months ago I went on a trip to Serbia, and thanks to a member of this forum who gave me advice on some locations I was able to do some good urbex in the meantime! Here is my report! (I tried my best searching for info on this place on Serbian websites with the help of Google translate, I hope this is accurate! ) This place is an abandoned luxury hotel in the Sumadija district, Serbia. The palace is very old: it was built between 1868 and 1872 by the prince Mihail Obrenovic, basing on architect Koste Shreplovic’s design. Originally built to be the Serbian National Assembly palace, it became the residence for the Obrenovic dynasty when the Serbian capital was moved from Kragujevac to Beograd. In 1903 a coup took place in Beograd: members of the Obrenovic family were either exiled or killed. But in the following years a railroad was built from the city to Beograd, so the palace became an hotel where all of those who travelled daily from the capital would stay. In 1964 the hotel was sold to a Serbian company, which bankrupted in the early 2000s. In October of 2005 it became property of the government, which tried to sell it but without success. Nowadays it still lays abandoned. The most amazing thing of this palace is the dancing hall: it's just too beautiful! One thing I have to point out is that, even if it has been abandoned since 2005, the building has very little traces of vandalism and it still is in a very good shape. This is exactly the opposite of what happens in Italy. Hope you liked my report guys! I'll see you in the next exploration!
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Troglodyte posted a topic in Military SitesThis bunker has always been at the back of my mind since I first heard about it in 2004. Local newspapers at the time were always mentioning secret tunnels running throughout Hertford and this bunker was said to lead into them. So not only a bunker to explore but apparently an extensive set of tunnels too? Surely this was to good to be true? The bunker in more recent years was used as government archive storage and the man in charge of the archive team had apparently told The Insider that "when you got to a certain point when going towards the Castle or town, the tunnel was bricked up with breezeblocks." So maybe access to the secret network of tunnels was blocked off a few years back? he continued to say that "Often it is very dangerous too, On more than one occasion people have died in the process. If you attempt to enter a defence-related site, even an apparently unused one, you should expect an unpleasant encounter with military police." It all started to seem a bit over the top, Secret tunnels, People dying, Military police? So by this point my curiosity was at boiling point! Now 8 years later I finally get a chance to debunk all this. I'd heard rumours the last occupants of the building above the bunker had left, So now was the time to see it. We decided to head out at night and try our luck at finding a way in. After a lot of head scratching we eventually found our way inside. 'Only three SRHQ bunkers are of recent construction- Basingstoke, (SRHQ62), Herford (SRHQ42) and Southport (SRHQ10). Each has the same rough design, a All two-storey concrete basement below government office blocks built in the late 1960s. Walls are 20-30 inches thick (50-75cm) and each has its own borehole for water. Some one hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water are also stored in permanent tanks, and a generator room can power all the SRHQ's equipment for a month, with a ten thousand gallon fuel reserve. Two sets of filters are fitted to the air-conditioning plant, one for peacetime exercise use, and the second for war. If the level of fallout dust becomes too high, air conditioning can be switched to internal circulation for a period. The bunkers were designed to have a radiation 'protection factor' of about 400, and to resist blast pressure of 1.5psi. In contrast, the average house is unlikely, after attack, to offer a protective factor better than 5-10.' Quoted from 'War Plan UK, the secret truth about Britain's Civil Defence. Duncan Campbell. 1980' Turns out they didn't just leave it completley unwatched on my second visit we set off PIR's and had to leave sharpish! VIDEO HERE So where's the breezeblocks, secret tunnels, military police and dead people? It goes to show not you can't trust everything you read. Although I do believe there is still something to be found running under Hertfords streets. A police officer had once told me that he had been in one of them and I recently heard from a friend that a colleague of his had been lifting manholes and discovered a tiled passage exacly where the tunnels our said to lead. So for now they remain a mystery but atleast I have finally debunked one piece of the puzzle. Watch this space...