This extravagant castle was originally built in 1605 to a more simple design. During the 19th century it underwent an Arabian style makeover which took 40 years to reach completion. No attention was spared to detail, with each and every one of the 365 rooms given its own identity. During the second world war it was looted by the Germans. After that it became a luxury hotel until it closed it's doors in 1990. Since then various plans have fallen through and a very recent sale attempt was upheld by Italian courts so its future remains unknown.
I visited here with @Miss.Anthrope, a place we'd both had firmly at the top of our wish lists for some time. We could've spent hours in here but decided to air on the side of caution and keep our visit relatively short as we'd been asked to leave the area by security the day before. I guess it was pretty obvious what we were up to with camera bags and tripods peeking over the fence and we'd been spotted on cctv. On our return we made sure not to make the same mistake as they are definitely keeping an eye on the place. Derelict buildings don't come much more stunning than this.
Villa Sbertoli was built in the early 1800s by wealthy merchant Agostino Sbertoli. According to some sources he decided to turn the villa into a psychiatric hospital because he had a disabled son, whom he tried to cure all his life. On his death bed he decided to devote all his possessions to a charity for the mentally ill, even their, so that his son could feel at home. It was inaugurated as a psychiatric hospital in 1868.
During World War II it was used by the Nazis to hold prisoners but afterwards was sold to the province and used as a psychiatric hospital again. In 1978 "Law Basaglia" (a reform of the Italian psychiatric system) was passed and the hospital was forced to close. By 1990 it was abandoned completely.
Really liked it in here, the main hall is stunning and there are a few medical rooms upstairs. Perhaps a bit staged in one or two of them but interesting all the same. The building next door had some nice bits as well. Unfortunately we got off to a bad start by bumping into Jonny the security guard. He seemed like a really nice guy but it was difficult to communicate with him. Luckily @Miss.Anthropewas on hand with her mystical ability to understand everything a foreigner says in a language she doesn't speak. He wanted 20 Euros off each of us to let us inside, and that's why he was being so nice. Now I'm not really into paying for explores so we told him we had no money on us. He didn't like this predicament much so we eventually reached a settlement of 5 Euros for the both of us. A sum we could happily live with!
Nice one bruvva
By TheBaronof Scotland
no prefix for Majorca so went with Spain
my annual family holiday wouldnt be the same without some kind of explore.
Got in about 7am but by 8am the sun was so bright its blowing out a lot of the window shots (must get up earlier !!!)
Lovely place and very different to anything I`ve done of late
By TheBaronof Scotland
Revisit to this place, but this time my best mate Baron Jnr came with me.
Every year my folks, my kids and myself get a week or so on this beautiful island, I usually get a day or so on my own with a car to explore the island.
This year I ended up not to well with a bloody ear infection !!! so on this explore I was stone cold deaf and really not up for it, but with the new 8-16mm I really wanted another go at the place.
So the night before Baron Jnr asked if he could go along with me (hes only 9 ) was a proper proud moment
Hes done a few local places in Scotland but this was his first EU UE and I think he just wanted to get 1 more explore under his belt v`s his sister lol plus he wanted to wear gloves lol
As I said its a revisit and i`m still confused over what the place was, I first thought distillery but now someone mentioned it looks more like a place for grain so god knows
All pics apart from one or 2 where taken by Baron Jnr (he`d tell me what/where to shoot and I`d set it up and let him take it)