CONVENT SM

CONVENT SM

On my first visit to this former neuro-psychiatric clinic, only one pavilion was accessible. This is the neo-traditional main building and the neo-Gothic chapel. Both were recently vacated. The main building, built of red brick, originally comprised the administration and the convent of the sisters and included several wings. The chapel of the institution is located in the axis of the main entrance. Both the monastery and the chapel were almost completely emptied, probably in light of the upcoming renovation of the whole. In the chapel you can still find the original confessional and behind the chapel the autopsy table is left in the mortuary. That’s pretty much it as far as furniture is concerned… Nevertheless, it was all in all a nice visit, which yielded some nice pictures, despite the emptiness. 

CLICK HERE to check out the article of my visit to the Sainte Cecile pavilion of this institution, which I visited about a year ago… 


BIOFUEL FARM

BIOFUEL FARM

Even though most of the cars surrounding this old farmhouse are in a deplorable state, this is not really an abandoned location. The property belongs to a garage keeper, who uses this house and the surrounding grounds to stall spare parts. The two love bugs in the front yard look like they only need minimal work. The Chevy Impala in the shed even looks like it’s ready to drive off as it is… The tree-eating truck is a strong contrast. It doesn’t look like it’ll be going anywhere anytime soon… 


CEMETERY OF THE SKULL

CEMETERY OF THE SKULL

By the end of the 18th century, public authorities were obligated to build cemeteries outside their city walls. The council of this particular bought a plot of land from a nearby abbey. In 1787 the first funeral took place here. From the start the cemetery is given a geometric layout with main floats and cross roads. The site is accessible on the west side via a gatehouse with the house of the chaplain and the grave maker. Here the central corridor starts with the calvary cross at the end (photo 4). The graves are in a strict order with the highest class around the Calvary. Over the years, the cemetery had to expand several times until it reached its current area of ​​nearly 30 acres after the First World War. In addition to the parts reserved for war victims, large parts are reserved for the various religious orders and even a plot for the ‘infidels’. There is also a beautiful neo-Gothic chapel with crypt for the canons and bishops, and a ‘lapidarium’ has been installed on the initiative of a commission for the protection of funerary heritage, where valuable funerary monuments are preserved.


CASTELLO DEL ARTE

CASTELLO DEL ARTE

This chateau was originally built in the second half of the 15th century as a fortified castle, but was modified several times in the course of history, most recently in the beginning of the 19th century. Because of the many successive renovations, the chateau lost a lot of its architectural value. The former “corps de logis”, a free-standing castle tower, has since disappeared. The drawbridge was replaced by a graceful bridge with three arches that opens onto a gate building in neo-Gothic style, dating from the mid-18th century. Nevertheless, the chateau was protected as a monument in the early 1990s. For a long time the domain was property of a noble family, but they live in another, bigger chateau. The property was leased for a period of 30 years to a famous artist, who not only restored and refurbished the buildings, but also realized a number of art projects. After his departure, the domain was put up for sale by the owners. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get in… Yet… So for now only these outside shots. 


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