There’s something quite fascinating about old world furnishings, architecture, and the idea of abandoned mansions.
The stories behind them and the incredible detail and design is captivating and visually stunning. They are able to take you back in time as they lie crumbling under the duress of the elements.
Mansions aren’t built the same as they used to be which makes them all the more charming. Here are 11 fascinating mansions from around the world.
Pidhirtsi Castle, Pidhirtsi, Ukraine
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Built between 1636 and 1640 this once lavish mansion became subjected to Russian soldiers who destroyed the interior during World War I. The castle then belonged to Prince Roman Sanguszko, who fled to Brazil with valuable furnishings of the house.
Following World War II, it was reopened by Soviets as a Tuberculosis clinic. Unfortunately, the mansion caught fire for three weeks and was severely damaged. Luckily, the Lviv Gallery of Arts is attempting to restore the crumbling mansion
Château Miranda or Château de Noisy, Celles, Belgium
Château Miranda was home to the Liedekerke-Beaufort family and was built by an English architect in 1866 in which they resided in until World War II. It was then taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium and has been empty since 1991.
Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York
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Back in 1890, Halcyon Hall served as a luxury hotel which ended up closing in 1902. Eventually the Bennet School for Girls took it over schooling and housing students from prominent families. Eventually, coed schools prevented the Bennet from thriving and it went bankrupt in 1978 closing its doors permanently.
Kasteel van Mesen, Lede, Belgium
This 500-year-old mansion didn’t get a very happy ending. It served as a gin distillery, tobacco factory, and a girl’s boarding school all before World War I. After a French education ban in Flemish areas, the school could no longer function and was ultimately demolished in 2010.
Lillesden Estate Mansion, later The Lillesden (or Bedgebury) School for Girls, UK
Built between 1853 and 1855 by a banker, this mansion became a public school for girls following World War I. It closed in 1999 and has been abandoned ever since.
Bannerman Castle, Bannerman Island, New York
Bannerman Castle belonged to Scottish immigrant Francis Bannerman in the 1900s. He was in the military surplus business and decided he’d buy his very own island. After Bannerman died in 1918, 200 tons of ammunition shells and powder apparently exploded and destroyed a small part of the structure.
Again, in 1969, an unfortunate fire occurred destroying floors and roofs. It’s been vacant since the 50s and the only ferryboat that cared for the mansion sank in a storm. One-third of the decaying structure collapsed in 2009.
Muromtzevo Mansion, Russia
This is one of the many French-style medieval mansions built by P.S. Boitzov in the 19th century.
Prince Said Halim’s Palace or (wrongly known as) Champollion House, Cairo, Egypt
Originally designed by Antonio Lasciac in 1899 this exquisite piece of architecture then served as one of the top secondary schools for boys in the country. Unfortunately, it’s been empty since 2004.
Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Mansion, Moscow, Russia
(via English Russia)
Not really any information on this place, but none the less… it looks pretty cool!
Hegeler Carus Mansion in Lasalle, IL
In the 1880s, the original owner made a fortune on the zinc industry and then set up a family business publishing books intended to introduce the American public to the works of the world’s great philosophers. The mansion was also the place where Zen Buddhism was introduced to the Western world.
It was neglected for most of the latter 20th century but has been undergoing restoration as a museum and seminar center since the late 1990s. There’s also an amazing 19th century gymnasium in the basement.
Boldt Castle, Heart Island, NY
George Boldt bought the island, shaped it into a heart and built a castle on it for his wife, his wife died in 1904 and he abandoned the project completely. It’s currently in the process of being restored and is actually a popular tourist spot.
These are incredible…don’t forget to give this a share with your friends on Facebook before you go. (h/t io9)