Hanging Garden – 2012 This abandoned mine bui…

Hanging Garden – 2012

This abandoned mine building was a joy to explore and photograph because it was so unique compared to anywhere else I have been.

There were thousands of these hanging baskets filling a an open room the size of a football field.  Workers would place their valuables inside the baskets, then raise it toward the ceiling using a chain which they would then lock.  I would imagine that the use of these hanging baskets was more space economical than traditional lockers.

An abandoned Mine in Germany.


LIMESTONE FACTORY

LIMESTONE FACTORY

The lime kilns mark a turning point in the industrial history of this small town. Halfway through the 16th century, according to the parish registers, there was already industrial exploitation of the quarries to a certain extent. In the mid-1850s, the municipality built a first oven. Almost 25 years later, a second oven was built and paid for by the operator of the first oven. Since 1890 the company has been operated by the same family. A third lime kiln was built in collaboration with another family. By the 1920s, these three ovens were operating at full capacity, only to be stopped some fifty years later. A large part of the old buildings has been abandoned. The buildings you see in the photos belong to the old forge, which now houses a museum.


CHATEAU VIGNES VERTES

CHATEAU VIGNES VERTES

This chateau, of which the architect is unknown, was built around 1830 on the site where there was previously a fortified castle. That castle was demolished, but initially the moats were preserved. Later the moats were also filled in to create gardens. The chateau, built in neo-classical style, with numerous references to Italian architecture, has an H-shaped floor plan: a central part, with a transverse wing on either side connecting to it. The remarkable interior reflects the transition from the neoclassical spirit to eclecticism under the July monarchy. Several rooms were decorated with Parisian furniture and curtains from 1830, with fake wood and faux-marble decor, painted ceilings of the Pompey or antique type. Walls covered with wallpaper from the Dufour house. The whole was protected as a heritage in 2000.


CHATEAU VIGNES VERTES

CHATEAU VIGNES VERTES

This chateau, of which the architect is unknown, was built around 1830 on the site where there was previously a fortified castle. That castle was demolished, but initially the moats were preserved. Later the moats were also filled in to create gardens. The chateau, built in neo-classical style, with numerous references to Italian architecture, has an H-shaped floor plan: a central part, with a transverse wing on either side connecting to it. The remarkable interior reflects the transition from the neoclassical spirit to eclecticism under the July monarchy. Several rooms were decorated with Parisian furniture and curtains from 1830, with fake wood and faux-marble decor, painted ceilings of the Pompey or antique type. Walls covered with wallpaper from the Dufour house. The whole was protected as a heritage in 2000.


THERME BLEU

THERME BLEU

Already during the Gallo-Roman era there was a spa here. Thanks to a novel in which the beauty of a shepherdess is attributed to the quality of the waters of this village, the small town gets an attention boost. In 1845 this beautiful thermal establishment is opened. It enjoys an excellent reputation until the end of the 19th century, but collapses around the turn of the century without any apparent reason. Almost 100 years later an attempt is made in the same place to bottle and sell the once famous spring water as a top product, aimed at the rich clientele of luxury hotels and restaurants of the Arabian Peninsula. The project, however, turns out to be a commercial failure and the company eventually closes in 2014.


THERME BLEU

THERME BLEU

Already during the Gallo-Roman era there was a spa here. Thanks to a novel in which the beauty of a shepherdess is attributed to the quality of the waters of this village, the small town gets an attention boost. In 1845 this beautiful thermal establishment is opened. It enjoys an excellent reputation until the end of the 19th century, but collapses around the turn of the century without any apparent reason. Almost 100 years later an attempt is made in the same place to bottle and sell the once famous spring water as a top product, aimed at the rich clientele of luxury hotels and restaurants of the Arabian Peninsula. The project, however, turns out to be a commercial failure and the company eventually closes in 2014.


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