The ‘lesser known’ Leaning Tower of Central Asia

Konye-Urgench is located in Turkmenistan and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the centre of the Islamic world in the 12th century. However, after Ghengis Khan laid siege to the city for 6 months, little remained. The mausoleums and minarets which do remain, are very impressive. The 59m high minaret, all that remains of the main mosque, was spared by Gengis Khan, although now it is precariously leaning over, especially the top section.


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

we want to be ruined.
there is something that
appeals to us about being
the main character in a story
this awful. we put on our best
dresses and wait in the street.
you’ll destroy us and afterward
we’ll kiss your neck.

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