Disrepair

YEMEN. Sana’a. September 7, 2015. The Republic Hospital. Burn injuries section. Adam Mujahid Abdullah, 20 years old. The only survivor from an airstrike on a civilian area carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

“Because of the siege, medical supplies and basic necessities cannot reach civilians. Hospitals, which were in a state of disrepair before the conflict, are now overflowing with wounded people who cannot be treated. The morgues have no more room to accommodate victims and bodies dismembered by bombs which are therefore stacked on top of each other. The raids of the Saudi-led coalition constantly hit densely populated areas, terrorising, destroying and killing. Over 1.5 million people have had to leave their homes and move into dilapidated refugee camps, with virtually no support from international organisations.”

Photograph: Lorenzo Meloni/Magnum Photos

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This forgotten castle (Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers) was abandoned after a fire In 1932. Seeing it up close is breathtaking. These days it seems like castles only exist in storybooks and Disney movies. What happened to the foreboding dwellings of our wealthiest ancestors? The truth of the matter is, while there are still many castles in Europe, many have fallen into disrepair and ruin over time. However, a group of preservationists in France are trying to save a 13th century castle that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. The story behind the abandoned property is just as fascinating as what’s left standing today. See an amazing video here. Photography by Infraredd

Abandoned girl’s school in New York- The Bennett’s School for Girls fell into disrepair after a series of strange events occurred around the property: Bathrooms would flood on their own, classroom doors would slam shut and lock, leaving classes and teachers terrified and phantom screams were heard from within the walls. The head teacher fled and the school was abandoned, but many believe that angry spirits still call the place home.

When Land of Oz first opened, it was very popular and one of the top attractions in the area. 

Apparently Debbie Reynolds was there.

But it was tied to another investment that fell flat, and one of the owners passed away, so eventually the doors were closed for good.

Thirteen years later, the doors were opened for a weekend festival in the autumn, and it’s been a tradition ever since. The park is mostly in disrepair, but gets spruced up a little for the festival.

Thousands of people attend the annual festival to get a glimpse of what the park might have been like when it was open.

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Spreepark was an entertainment park in the north of the Planterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Kopenick.  Since 2002 the park has not opened for visitors.  In August 2002 the park was declared completely insolvent.  Debts at a level of 11,000,00 euros remained and the area was allowed to fall into disrepair.  The remains of attractions can be found on site.–Source

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Preservationists Fight To Save Forgotten French Castle Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers

These days it seems like castles only exist in storybooks and Disney movies. What happened to the foreboding dwellings of our wealthiest ancestors? The truth of the matter is, while there are still many castles in Europe and a few in the United States, many have fallen into disrepair and ruin over time. However, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, a group of preservationists are trying to save a 13th century castle that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. The story behind the abandoned property is just as fascinating as what’s left standing today.

In the 13th Century, the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers was the home of the notorious and powerful Barclay family. Although not royalty themselves, they enjoyed a close relationship with several generations of kings.

One can only hope this magnificent property will be saved before nature completely takes over. Much More Here


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The other day, my Middle Eastern History teacher told us a story I wanted to share with you guys.

When he was travelling around Turkey by train sometime in the early ‘90s, he once had to make a stop at a town named Afyon. He didn’t expect to find anything interesting there; according to the travel guides, Afyon had nothing much to offer.

However, when he left the train, there was a man at the station who came up to him and offered him a tour of the city. This man said he was a history teacher at the local school. “Well, I am also a history teacher, so nice to meet you, colleague,” said my prof, wary about being scammed. 

He wasn’t scammed, though. Instead, he was taken to the old Armenian neighbourhood of Afyon. Beautiful houses, but all in disrepair. My teacher was stunned.
“But… this isn’t even on the map, it just says there’s a field here”
“Of course it does, the government is trying to blot out every trace of Armenian history in this town. That’s why I wait at the station every day. To show any tourist who travels through here the real history of this town.”

Later, speaking to other residents of Afyon, my teacher found out that the man ran a high risk of getting arrested for what he was doing. One day, they said, a police officer would disguise himself as a tourist and put an end to his meddling.

I just wanted to share this story with you all because it made a really big impression me. Historians can change the world.


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El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey (English: The King’s little pathway) is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey (English: King’s pathway). The walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade. After extensive repairs and renovations in 2011–2015, the walkway will re-open on 29 March 2015.

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I’ve been eyeing this house ever since I first lived in Portland ten years ago. It’s right around the corner from one of our favorite coffee shops and I’ve always wished it would come up for sale. Through the years it has become more and more run down, but there is something perfect about that state of disrepair that I love. → Peter Schweitzer

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Bucholie Castle (formerly Lambaborg, home of the Viking pirate Sweyn Asleifsson), Freswick Bay, Caithness, Scotland

Around 1140, a fortress called Lambaborg was first built on this site by Sweyn Asleifsson the notorious Viking pirate and robber. During his career he menaced the whole Western coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mann and Ireland until finally ambushed and killed while leading a raid on Dublin.

More about Sweyn Asleifsson…

Early in the 14th century, Robert the Bruce granted Lambaborg and the lands of Freswick to the Mowat family. They remodeled the Viking stronghold into a castle and named it Bucholie after their estate in Aberdeen. Bucholie Castle remained in the Mowat family until 1661 after which it fell into disrepair.

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The Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi, Pakistan.

As a young kid, I spent a few years living in Peshawar in Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. I managed to find a few old family photos taken at Takht-i-Bahi from during this time, and thought that i’d share. 

Takht-i-Bahi (Throne of Origins) is the remains of a Buddhist monastic complex -the best preserved and most impressive of its kind in the country. It sits high upon a 152m hill, about 80km away from Peshawar, and covers an area of around 33ha. It is dated to approximately the 1st century BC, and was occupied successively until about the 7th century AD, when it fell into disuse and disrepair. Fortunately, due to the site’s location on the crest of a hill, Takht-i-Bahi escaped the invasions of the Huns (and the like), thus remains in relatively good condition.

The complex itself can be divided into 4 main groups. The first is the early monastic complex, which consists of an assembly hall, refectory, and an open court, surrounded by residential cells. Next is the so-called Court of Stupas (a stupa being a commemorative Buddhist monument usually containing sacred relics associated with the Buddha or saintly persons), which is adorned with a series of large niches to enshrine Buddhist statues. The temple complex contains similar niches, and has a main stupa in the middle of a courtyard. Finally, the tantric monastic complex has an open courtyard, which is next to a series of dark cells for meditation. On the basis of existing structures, it has been estimated that Takht-i-Bahi was once home to a monastic population of about 250-350 residents.

Photos taken by B. Kelly. When writing up this post UNESCO’s listing of the site was of use.

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