the King's Speech

Shrouded in mystery, these incredible abandoned palaces and castles … these exquisite palaces ended up deserted by their owners. With respect for the former owners I’ve entered these premises. Built to last, built to impress, built with style and grandeur – it is all the more remarkable when the most ostentatious of buildings fall into disrepair and become so interesting to me.

A SENSE OF MYSTERY

Abandoned castles evoke a sense of mystery, history, and a touch of melancholy. These once majestic structures, now left to decay, often hold fascinating stories of the past. Throughout Europe and other parts of the world, there are many abandoned castles that have captured the imagination of people.
These abandoned castles not only offer a glimpse into the architectural styles of the past but also ignite curiosity about the events and lives that once inhabited them. While some may be in a state of disrepair, they continue to captivate visitors with their beauty and the air of mystery that surrounds them.

Renovation and revitalization

Castles often exhibit distinct architectural features. They typically include thick stone walls, towers, battlements, and sometimes moats. The layout varies depending on the castle’s

purpose, such as a fortress, palace, or combination of both. Inner courtyards, great halls, living quarters, and dungeons were common elements found within castles.
They are the true hidden gems.

Castles were designed with defense in mind. They often incorporated strategic features such as
drawbridges, gatehouses, arrow slits, murder holes, and defensive walls to protect against sieges and attacks. Some castles also had concentric rings of fortifications to increase their defensive capabilities. Old castles are often surrounded by legends, folklore, and tales of knights, kings, and princesses.
They have inspired numerous stories, including those of battles, royal intrigues, ghostly apparitions
and hidden treasures. These legends add to the allure and mystique surrounding old castles.

Staircase in an abandoned villa