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Abandoned doesn’t mean without interest. France is a country full of abandoned spots such as castles, master houses or even sanatorium that breathe history and that will give you the feeling to travel in time. During my researches, I found a website called Urbex Session which is a huge catalogue of abandoned places all around the world. It is thanks to this website that I selected 5 places to visit imperatively.
The castle of Mennechet, is an absolute beauty showing off a Henri II style and located in Picardie. His creator is Monsieur Alphonse Mennechet de Barival who wanted to put inside all his painting. The building works started in 1881 and brutally ended when Monsieur Mennechet died at 90 years old. The castle remained unfinished and its destiny gets definitely ended during the WWI and WWII during which one it gets partially destroyed. Saved from the complete ruin, the castle was finally bought by Monsieur Yves Lavaire and classified as a historical monument in 2011.
The domaine des 3 colonnes nearby Angervilliers is … how to say? Scary! The building is frozen in time. Why? Because between those walls happened tragics and bloody facts. The first drama took place in 1875 when Monsieur and Madame Tupin that were living in the farm of the domain, were found murdered in the night of the 7/8 of January, hanging each other hands. The next ones are the Weisweiller, from jew origins. When the nazis soldiers arrived in 1940, the couple lived a tragedy. The husband killed himself and his wife was brought to the concentration camp from where she never came back. The last owner didn’t have any heir and since he died in 2008, the domain became what it is now, abandoned.
This name is already showing off a lot of the place, isn’t it? The Sanatorium Delirium is, as a matter of fact, an asylum built in 1899 to welcome men affected by mental diseases. A section for women is quickly added to the building. During the WWI, the place will serve as a military hospital. From 1928, the sanatorium is extended with a second pavilion, medical staff accommodation and general services such as a dining room, a kitchen and more. In 1965, the place becomes an elderly people center until it gets completely abandoned in 1997.
The church of Saint-Etienne-Le -Vieux is to visit absolutely, the place is splendid. Built at the 10th century nearby Caen, the church is mentioned the first time in official papers given by Guillaume le Conquérant to the 2 abbayes. This church is a martyr that will be destroyed in part during the 100 years war. It will be then rebuilt after the invasion of 1417. Following the revolution in 1793, it will be abandoned and will fall in ruin. The church is saved from destruction in the middle of the 19th century but will still sub plenty of damages during the 2 world wars. Today, the walls are still here, even if the vegetation took progressively its marks on the place.
The castle of Lamare gets stunned in time in one day. Everything is exactly as it was left by its last owner as if they escaped without looking behind them 9 years ago. In 2010, the place is bought by a Parisian family that wishes to remake its life in a calm place of the countryside. They are the last ones of a long list of owners, all of them had escaped after a short time or abandoned the place. The new owners will not be an exception and will run away after having seen ghosts … Anyway, the place stays majestuous since their departure.
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