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      The Explore
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      Here are also a few comparison pictures and some photos from 2011 of rooms that couldn't be entered anymore today.








      21 - Also this rose has been gone due to the collapse of the ceiling.

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    • By Lenston
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      Bowling World – Belgium Closed in late 2015. It closed due to a decline in custom and proposed development on the site of this bowling alley and dance hall next door.

    • By TrevBish.co.uk

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