Miranda Castle, also known as the Chateau de Noisy, was built in 1866 by the English architect Milner for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II, when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium as an orphanage. It was later converted to a school, but has been empty since 1991. Wikipedia states the obvious when it says that “the enormous building, now in a derelict state, has become a favorite venue of urban explorers.” (via Sinister Lava)
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Krásna Hôrka, towering over the village of Krasnohorske Podhradie in Slovakia, was gutted by a fire after it was discovered “two local boys aged 11 and 12 were trying to light up a cigarette.” The London Metro reports: “As workers at the castle fled, 84 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze. The Slovak National Museum said Krasna Horka suffered extensive structural damage but that 90% of its historical collections were saved. The castle’s roof burned down completely, as well as the new exhibition in the gothic palace and the bell tower [where] ‘three bells melted.’ Despite the extensive damage the two boys will not face prosecution as the age of criminal responsibility in Slovakia is 15.” YouTube comments on this video run the gamut from sarcastic all the way to bitchy: “If your castle can be burned down by a couple gypsy kids, it was a pretty shitty castle” ”Hope new building gonna be better” and “Ahaha, when you can’t sell 14th century castle, burn it and get insurance.” Humans are horrible, aren’t they?
For a mere £7,900 you can enjoy a fabulous day at Highclere Castle, the filming location for the hugely entertaining, Emmy-winning series on PBS Masterpiece Classic. From NoteWorthy Events: “Arrive at Highclere Castle to be greeted personally by the eighth Earl & Countess of Carnarvon under the soaring Gothic columns of the entrance to Highclere Castle. Your day begins with tea and coffee served in the Countess’s private morning room. Continue with a tour of the State Rooms with either the Earl or the Countess.The setting is unmistakably Downton, but the tables and mantelpieces are crowded with framed photographs of the Carnarvon family, with an occasional royal thrown in for good measure! Enjoy a private lunch in the State Dining Room accompanied by fine wines chosen by the Earl from his own wine cellar. fter lunch, be transported in one of the Earl’s private 4×4 off-road vehicles to Beacon Hill. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon is buried at the summit. If the weather is inclement, enjoy an escorted tour of Highclere’s Egyptogology Exhibition. The visit ends with the serving of High Tea, at which guests have an opportunity to gain an intimate and informal insight into the working life of the Countess.” Let’s all do it! (via Jezebel)