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I came across some pictures of abandoned buildings and immediately saw why photographers are attracted to places long since left by their residents. I never imagined abandoned buildings could be so beautiful.

1. Water Wheel, Cordoba, Spain

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Some industrial abandoned buildings simply outlive their usefulness as modern technology replaces their function.

2. Chateau Jbb, France

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Glorious staircase.

3. Rustic

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Imagine the stories this building could tell.

4. Abandoned Church

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The altar once served by many is now demolished.

5. Frozen in Time

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Once a home, now empty and decaying.

6. Wyndcliffe Rhinebeck, New York

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This was once a huge family home.

7. Staircase

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This puts me in mind of the staircase in the Von Trapp family mansion in The Sound of Music

8. Mansion in Egypt

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Just love the way the staircase splits into different directions.

9. Grand

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Imagine how magnificent this once was. The decorated ceiling gives a clue.

10. Manoir À La Verrière, France

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Was this once a ballroom or just a grand salon, do you think?

11. Water Tower, Lincolnshire, England

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Abandoned industrial buildings can be just as beautiful as domestic ones.

12. Piano

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The piano was probably once the focus of entertainment at grand soirées.

13. Sweeping Staircase

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It amazes me that people don't enter places like this to rip out features such as that magnificent light fitting.

14. Abandoned Monastery, Belgium

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I wonder where all the monks went?

15. Cointe Observatory, Liège, Belgium

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Built 1882, abandoned 2002.

16. Lillesden School for Girls, Kent, England

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This conservatory once rang with the sound of children's voices.

17. Kings Theater, New York

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Brooklyn's Kings Theater was once one of the country's grandest movie theaters. Opened on Flatbush Ave in 1929 as one of five "Loew's Wonder Theaters" in New York, it closed in 1977 and has been abandoned ever since.

18. Bar at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel, Liberty

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Can you see the people lined up at the bar, enjoying a drink, sharing stories, making new friends and memories?

19. How Sad. Think of the Love That Must Have Gone into Designing and Building This Home

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A lot of effort to design and build. A home to a family/families and all their stories. And all no more.

20. Lenoir County, North Carolina

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Where abandoned by humans, nature finds a home.

21. Manor House, England

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A poignant tale of abandonment. Why leave a picture of children and a pram? There's a story there!

22. Northampton County, North Carolina

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I was particularly drawn to this abandoned plantation house because I live in Northampton, UK.

23. The Sauer Castle in Kansas City, Kansas

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Many abandoned buildings are associated with the paranormal. Even if you don't believe in such stuff, it still adds to the spookiness.

24. Howey Mansion, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida

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Built in 1925, 20 rooms, 8,800 square feet - now all gone to wrack and ruin.

25. Maison Heinen, Luxembourg

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I'm fascinated by the ceramic tiles. I've never seen them in this sort of setting before - they're normally the realm of bathrooms, kitchens and floors. Other pictures show the tiles continue along the landing walls.

26. Uptown Theatre, Chicago

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The Uptown is the largest theater in Chicago, and it boasts 4,381 seats. Its interior volume is said to be larger than any other movie palace in the US, bigger even than Radio City Music Hall. The huge theater has an ornate five story entrance lobby with an eight story façade. It's been left unused since 1981.

27. Maison Lily, France

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Although first mentions date back to the 15th century, little history is known of this magnificent mansion near the border with Monaco.

28. Grand Synagogue in Constanta, Romania

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Built in 1912. Long abandoned and little chance of it ever being returned to original use as there are only around 50 Jewish people living in Constanta now.

29. Empty Theater

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What sights and sounds must the walls have experienced.

30. Wooden House, Russia

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Among the many, many abandoned villages across Russia, there are some wonderful examples of traditional architecture.

31. Ceiling and Floor

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Imagine how much it would cost today to build a house with that ceiling and a real wood parquet floor.

32. Quebec, Canada

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Still beautiful and not yet fallen into a bad state of disrepair.

33. Fredericksburg, Virginia

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What an amazing structure. Bags the room at the top. A room with a view.

34. "Pew with a View"

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The light coming in through the stained glass is amazing.

35. Doorway

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I wonder where it's leading to.

36. Church in Gary, Indiana

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Its congregation once numbered 3,000 souls.

37. Stained Glass Window

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I just love the radiator under the window. So incongruous.

38. Abandoned Palace, Poland

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Staircases like this are pretty scary even when not in abandoned Polish palaces.

39. Abandoned Villa in Italy

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The grandiose nature of the paintings on the ceiling and walls seems to have been echoed in the floor, but as it's now covered with the dust of time, it's hard to tell.

40. Francis Lee Smith's Folly

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Built single-handedly as a family home over 12 years by an engineer, the house on the hill also killed its builder. Frances Lee Smith died falling from a balcony on the pagoda-style roof. It stands abandoned on a hill in Wapiti Valley, Wyoming.

41. Hafodunos Hall, Wales

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Once a family country seat and designed by renowned British architect George Gilbert Scott, Hafodunos Hall has been a nursing home and a girl's school. It is now being restored.

42. Rusting Steelworks

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Once the workplace of thousands of men, now a study of urban decay and industrial decline.

43. "the Smallpox Hospital," Roosevelt Island, New York

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Designed by Jams Renwick, the hospital had 100 beds.

44. Chateau Des Singes, Normandy, France

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The Chateau de Singes (Castle of Monkeys) is also known as the Chateau la Folie (Chateau of Folly) but is really the Château à Cahaignes (Castle Cahaignes). We only know it was built in the 17th century and abandoned in 1976. Why the Castle of Monkeys? No one knows!

45. Kitchen in Bodie, California

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When you see this, aren't you just so curious to know why it’s left in this state. What caused the family to up and leave?

46. Urban Decay

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Abandoned by history, Reclaimed by modern art.

47. Abandoned Casino in Constanta, Romania

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Built in 1905, the casino was a sign of western decadence and was abandoned in the communist era.

48. The Palace of Prince Smetsky Abkhazia, Georgia

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Another aristocratic palace let go to ruin by the proletarian ideals of communism.

49. Eclectic House, Tver Region, Russia

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My romantic soul is saying Doctor Zhivago.

50. Shine a Light

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The ornate decorative stylings of the rococo period.

51. Abandoned Church in Pennsylvania

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Not all abandoned buildings are stripped of their assets.

52. House on Malecón, Havana, Cuba

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I'm strangely more fascinated by the height of the street lamps on the Avenida de Maceo. It's at second-storey height!

53. Cooling Tower of an Abandoned Power Plant

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The spirals draw your eye to the top.

54. Abandoned Villa, Tuscany, Italy

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Who wouldn't love to live in a house like this?

Do you see beauty in abandoned buildings? Would you ever take on a fixer-upper?

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