Report - Grand Moorish Castle, Italy – July, 2012

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
May 22, 2011
London, UK
Found pictures of this castle after randomly spending time at work looking at other people’s exploring sites. Saw this and my jaw dropped. I had to get there. How can somewhere like this be abandoned?!

Researching the place, I found that building started in the 17th century. I’ve read that a major hotel chain are going to turn it into a luxury resort starting in 2011, but there were no sign there when I visited. My guess is the recession in Italy and the Euro crisis is impacting development. A part of me is glad as I got to see parts of it but also if it’s a hotel they’ll preserve this beauty.

Unfortunately I did not have time to take many pictures. Arrived and got in ok and was taking several pictures for HDR with my tripod when I heard a door being slammed on the same floor in the distant.

I thought, ok it’s just the wind. Then the slamming was randomly around the same floor but I heard no footsteps or anything. I thought, ‘security!' and decided to stop taking pictures and either get out of there or to spot him. But as the place is bloody dark, I thought best make a discreet exit.

This place is a bloody maze, but walking around, trying to get out I saw the beauty of this place that only these few pictures can show. Next time, I’ll take a point and shoot as back up and use that instead of an noisy Canon SLR on a quick exit – at least I would have had more pictures to show you guys! When exiting I saw no sign of security and there was no way in except the way I came in……so there you have it only a few pictures of this wonderful place.

I will definitely try again to view this whole place in its entirety when there in the next weeks when I’m close by doing a language course.








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