Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen (10 pics)




Located in a park near the center of Lede, Belgium, the Castle of Mesen dates back to the 17th century where it served as a home for various lords before a conversion to an industrial site. Throughout the 1800s the complex was used as a gin distillery, a tobacco factory, and a sugar refinery. In 1897 the castle was then sold to a religious order who constructed an impressive neo-gothic chapel and turned the entire facility into a boarding school. Although it was still in use up until the 1960s, a tragic storm of abandonment, looting, and a failed attempt to designate the castle as a monument lead to a decision to demolish of the entire castle just a few years ago. Lucky for us, photographer Jan Stel of Past Glory managed to sneak inside and capture a few amazing shots before it disappears forever. The juxtaposition of the stained glass windows and decaying roof and sprawling foliage is especially striking. See more from this series here . (via Arch Atlas )

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen




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