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Report - La Maison de Marbre, Beziers, France - June 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by The_Raw, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    I first visited here in March last year and ever since it has been tightly sealed. I had no tripod, no torch and just my kit lens back then so I'd been dying to get back in. This time it appeared luck was on my side, a nice easy way in and no spiderman shit involved. However, someone had altered the access point from the previous day so I was a bit on edge because it appeared that I might not be alone. Most likely junkies I was thinking to myself, but several strange noises from upstairs turned out to be nothing, just my imagination putting in some overtime. It was good to see it again, worth popping in to see the grand staircase if nothing else. I've nicked my own history from last year's visit.

    This was originally a hotel called Hotel Chappaz. It was Joseph Chappaz, a wine merchant who specialized in vermouths such as Noilly-Prat who had the building built in 1868 for his wife Augustine. He commissioned Jean Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933), a famous sculpter from Beziers to execute the statues on the front of the building. The building is now much neglected but Injalbert's sculptures are still intact and are arguably some of his best work.

    It has since belonged to a wealthy family and was last lived in by the mother who passed away a few years ago. Her son tried to sell the property but to no avail, it was due for demolition although there is a possibility of it being restored and used as lawyer's offices for the court house being built next door. Although it is pretty much entirely stripped it still retains some stunning features, the ground floor is almost entirely made from marble and Injalbert's sculptures are pretty impressive.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Camera Shy

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    Looks worth the effort of a revisit. Lovely stairs.
     
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    Love your photos, especially 11 :thumb
     
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    Beautiful! Really elegant. Nice shots too.
     
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    Very good, euro derpers would cream their kappa tracksuit pants over this.
     
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    Brilliant pictures. There's a few things remind me of highroyds, near Bradford.!
     
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    Cheers guys

    Lol :D
     
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    Freeeeeeakin' beautiful mate!
     
  9. Jim Sullivan

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    My god, that place is gorgeous. Must have been amazing to explore. Would be a crime if it gets demolished.
     
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  10. HughieD

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    Saw this place over Easter - sadly externals only. Fab pix and wish I could have got inside for a gander...
     
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    Ah that's a shame, I was lucky on this visit as it got sealed within days afterwards. I think you can still get in another way but it's a bit dangerous and not exactly sly either....
     
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  12. stranton

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    nice photographs of a beautiful building,
    hopefully it wont be demo'd.
     
  13. silentwalker

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    What a place! Fantastic set of pics fella, don't know how I missed this post when you put it up :coat
     
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