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IN Travel & Adventure ON 17 Jul, 2015
Some beautiful castles were not destined to be royal and turned into haunted, abandoned buildings nobody wants to live in.
Here are 10 of the most fascinating but abandoned castles of the world.
Kasteel van Mesen was the symbol of power and wealth in the mid 17th century is fighting to survive in the twentieth century. It has been left in a miserable state. The castle had seen it's glorious days when in 1866, the prominent and wealthy Liedekerke-Beaufort family lived here. It was first destroyed in the first world war when Russian soldiers destroyed it's interiors. In spite of being in shackles, the castle carries its past. It is visited by passionate photographers and explorers.
This castle has a sad and unfortunate history. Built between 1635 and 1640, the castle was once richly furnished till the World War I, when the Russian soldiers destroyed the splendid interior. Later prince Roman Sanguszko took its possession and later in 1939, removed some of its expensive furniture and took it all to Brazil. After WWII, the castle served as 'Tuberculosis sanitarium' of the Soviets. But soon in 1956, the building caught fire and burned for three constant weeks, with each of its interior beauty turning to ashes. The Lviv Gallery of Arts is trying to reinstate the castle, but with no significant changes.
Francis Bannerman, a Scottish immigrant bought the island in 1900 to build a castle to merchandise his military surplus business. In 1918, two years after Bannerman's death, 200 tons of artilleries shells and powder exploded, destroying a small part of the castle. To worsen, the floors and roofs were destroyed by a fire in 1969. The island is uninhabited since 1950, after the only ferryboat that serviced the island sank in a storm. In 2009, one-third of the remaining building collapsed.
The castle was built for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family in 1866 by an English architect. Later it left by the family as the building was to be taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium during the World War II. The castle is empty since 1991 because the family refuses to turn it over to the municipality of Celles.
Originally built as a luxury hotel in 1890, Halcyon Hall was closed in 1901 due to financial reasons. Though,a few years later, it lived another life as the Bennett School for Girls where the building served as home and school to students from elite families. But the Bennett failed to survive with the rise of coeducational schooling, and it was closed in 1978 because of going bankrupt.
This mansion was built by a banker named Edward Lloyd between 1853 and 1855. Like many of the unfortunate buildings, it was sold after World War I and became a public school for girls. The school closed in 1999 and has been abandoned since then.
This old castle was a result of a bet between two noblemen, A Russian and a French , who were squabbling over the superiority of one's country. The Frenchman challenged the Russian that if he could build a castle as grand as the ones in France, he would come to Russia himself to see it. Vladimir Khrapovitsky, the Russian nobleman purchased a piece of land outside of Vladimir, and contracted the best architect in Russia at the time, P. S. Boitzov, to design the building.
Pineheath House, 40-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion was once home to shipping magnate Sir Dhunjibhoy and his wife, Lady Bomanji. Lady Bomanji died in 1986 and the house and its contents were abandoned.
This castle was designed by Antonio Lasciac in 1899. Later, it was converted to a secondary school for boys (Al-Nassiriyah) in the country. It has been abandoned since 2004.