7 Abandoned Castles, Chateaux & Mansions Worth A Visit (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Apr 15th 2011 08:00 AM



Castles, chateaux, and mansions - these are displays of wealth and power usually reserved for kings and countesses, or at least old-timey movie stars. It's hard to imagine these incredible, opulent buildings would ever be abandoned and left to rot. But hey, crazier things have happened.

Royal riches may drain more quickly than thought possible; families might die out without leaving an heir; or gigantic estates may just become too overwhelming to maintain. However it happens, luxurious residences, once the height of glamor and wealth, sometimes become abandoned and left to the mercy of the elements.

Lucky for urban explorers and adventurous photographers, they're still pretty incredible to see, no matter the state of disrepair.

But be warned: just because they're falling apart doesn't mean they are public property. If you chose to trespass, do so with extreme caution.--Rachel Greenberg

Text and photos courtesy of Nile Guide.

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