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I can't choose a favourite here as they're all awesome, very cool location that i haven't seen before either. I need to get my ass to france :thumb

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    • By Gromr123
      The once grand Bureau Central administration building now stands decayed and rotting, but still retains nearly all of it's character.
       

      History
       
      The Bureau Central was the main offices for the de Wendel Family Metal company. The Family had been involved in metal industry since the 18th Century. By the 19th Century they were the 3rd largest iron company in Franc. In 1870 they became the largest iron company after a major furnace upgrade successfully modernised their production.
       
      During this period they employed 7000 people and were producing 112,500 tonnes of iron and 134,500 tonnes of pig iron each year.
      When they expanding to steelmaking, they needed a grand main office to impress customers and keep on top of their every growing enterprise, and so in 1892 Central Bureau was built. In 1926 the Bureau Central was expanded to cope with the still growing paperwork.
       
      The de Wendal iron enteprise continued to flourish until the post WW2 period where business fell into a decline. The mining industry was nationalised and eventually the whole family company was completely nationalised.
       
      Bureau Central was abandoned in the 1980's after a company merger. The building itself is listed and protected.
       

       
       
      The Explore
       
      The first attempt at Bureau Central was a bit of a fail as there was a worker cutting trees right behind the building, exactly where I needed to be. So I went off to explore a plan B (Terre Rouge) and returned a few days later on a Saturday morning when it was much quieter, and I got in with no drama this time.
       
      The building is very decayed and has been well trashed. Looking at older photos it seems its been in a bad state of decay for a number of years, and not much has changed recently.
      It's got 4 levels including a huge basement level. The building is pretty big, with lots of rooms, but most of them are empty and layered in collapsed ceiling material.
       
      However the grandeur, architecture and nice lighting makes it the most photogenic explore I've done for a while. The long corridors, skylights and peeling paint tick all the boxes of a good decay photo.
      I was there alone for a couple hours until 5 German Explorers showed up to explore it too. Turned out to be a really decent bunch too.
       
      A cracker of an explore!
       
       
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    • By Andy
      This old chapel in the middle of the forest was the first stop during my last trip to France on the penultimate weekend.
      Only a small and overgrown path leads to it. If you don't know the location, you'll hardly find it; even from the winding country road below the chapel, it's barely visible. Inside were still several beautiful things - dusty plastic flowers, small Madonna statuettes and images of saints, as well as two rosary necklaces with crosses.
      In a broken stone the date 13th of April 1870 was engraved. However, I don't know when the secluded chapel was actually built.
       
       
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    • By Andy
      It was a very long trip on this day - 23.5 hours on the road, 1480 km driven... But it was worth it.  
      In the afternoon we reached our third place, this old house on the outskirts of a small village. From the outside it was already pretty overgrown. Nevertheless, access wasn't difficult.
       
      Inside were old furniture, various dolls, a piano, and everything surrounded by beautiful decay.
      Only the smell of a decaying fox in the entrance area wasn't really pleasant...

       
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