A rainy day in Belgium meant only one thing to us, and that
was to find and photograph some of the famous abandoned mansions that clutter
the vast, open countryside here. We’d been researching these for several
months, getting increasingly excited about the prospect of finding some in a relatively
good condition. Unfortunately for us, this was not the case. We spent a few
days seeking out the places we’d been researching and almost all of them were
completely dilapidated upon arrival. It’s always a shame to see such majestic
buildings that once held so many memories, stories and history laying in a
state of disrepair.
This particular building was the only one we felt safe enough
to enter and although the top levels were impassable, we felt it still had
something rousing about its nature.
Built in the late 19th century and known as
Chateau Rouge, this grand building had been laying abandoned since 2006. It’s
been used as a children’s rehabilitation centre, a hotel and its grounds are
currently used as a paintball zone.
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