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Report - Chateau avec la Crypte, France - June 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by The_Raw, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. The_Raw

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    Built in the 13th century on Roman foundations, this magnificent chateau was placed strategically at the crossing of two rivers, ancient property deeds described it as a fortress. During the 14th and 18th centuries major building works took place and in 1941 it was listed as a significant historical monument by the Ministry of Culture. It now sits disused while developers make proposals to the local council for redevelopment.

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    Huge thank you to my friend Mr W. for sending me this location. He has never been before and had no idea if it was still abandoned or not but google earth showed a very desolate looking site so I decided to chance it. My journey was a bit of a mission involving a bus, train and a 4km walk so my heart sank a bit when I arrived to see a crane and fencing at the front of the main house (the car appeared just before I left ;) ). I figured there would most likely be workers present and the outbuildings leading up to the main house were stripped completely bare so things were looking pretty bleak. I had a good wander around the back of the house and there didn't seem to be anyone around so I looked for an access point and found my way inside the house.


    2. This was the first room I walked into and things were all of a sudden looking up
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    3. Two pianos in here including this antique gem....
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    4.
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    5. ....and a more traditional piano
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    6.
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    7. The family coat of arms came complete with a unicorn on it
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    8. I think this was my favourite room in the house, so many amazing items in here. I didn't have time to photograph it all as it was pitch dark so everything had to be light painted.
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    9.
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    10.
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    11.
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    12. A little reading room next door
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    13. There was an amazing ornate ceiling in here but my pics didn't capture it well unfortunately, fisheye required.
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    14.
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    15. Check out the ancient fencing sword at the bottom of the steps
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    16. Some bedrooms
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    17.
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    18.
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    19. This lounge room was very cool
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    20.
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    21. & 22. Going back down a different staircase took me to a part I hadn't seen yet
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    23. Here I found this Chapel
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    24. & 25. Soon afterwards I found the family crypt
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    26.
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    27. This was totally unexpected, I mean who has a crypt in their house?!
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    I'm not gonna lie, I loved every minute of exploring this place. I'd never seen any pictures of it before so everything was a surprise like it should be. I do like a derp and when they're as grand as this you can't go wrong. Well worth the effort and for a random holiday explore I really can't grumble at all.

    Thanks for looking ;)
     
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  2. Ojay

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    Looks good does that, what work were they on with ?
     
  3. WildBoyz

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    Another set of cracking shots. Looks like there was a lot of interesting stuff to see in here.
     
  4. The_Raw

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    Cheers mate

    Apparently they've spent millions on fixing the place up but it didn't seem like it, it's pretty fooked in places. Perhaps done something to the roof that I couldn't see, I'm not sure....
     
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    That's rather nice, what a great find.

    Some beautifully lit shots aswell :thumb
     
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    Wow, that's some silver medal shit right there. What a place.
     
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    This place look great! Nice pictures :thumb! Hope I find a holiday explore as good as yours!
     
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    Cracking report and set of pictures man!
     
  9. Lancashire lad

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    great report , what a find pal. who evers in the crypt looks like they were visited recently ? fresh flowers n all
     
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    Cheers all. Haha I was thinking the same although the flowers might be fake, I didn't check so I'm not sure....
     
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    Hahahaha loving the crypt and another awesome report :thumb
     
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    Pretty good for a random holiday explore mate and cracking shots as usual!
    Pic 3 is actually a (very rare) virginal - the strings are plucked like a harpsichord, whereas in a piano the strings are struck by hammers.
     
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    Spot on as usual, very nice place indeed.
     
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    Beautiful mate! Well worth the effort that was!
     
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    Cheers and I did wonder what the hell that was, my first instinct was it might be a harpsichord but the keys sounded like a piano
     
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