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Deserted Century-old Fort @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted fort in Belgium.

The fort was built in 1917 by the Dutch and taken over by the Belgians after the
Belgian Revolution in 1830. During the First and Second World War, the fort
was used as a prison by the Germans. It is deserted since 1980 and
nature has taken over. Graffiti is found on most walls.

Belgium | 2024
17 Jun 2024


Deserted Power Plant from 1920s @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted power plant in Belgium.

The power plant was built in 1921. It was one of the largest coal-burning power
plants in Belgium. In the early 2000s, a report found that it was responsible for
10% of the total CO2 emissions in Belgium. Protests from Greenpeace followed, and
the plant eventually closed its doors in 2007, and has been deserted ever since.
The cooling tower is a very unique place with a pretty dystopian vibe to it.

Belgium | 2024
17 Jun 2024


Deserted Coal Mines from 1930s @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted coal mines in Belgium.

The mine opened in 1916 and the buildings date from 1934. The mine shaft
number 10 was closed down in 1960 and became deserted since. All that
remains are huge ruins with concrete mullions and transoms, filled with
red bricks. Although they are mostly empty, no more machines, no more
pit-head frames, one can still imagine the activity of this site.

Belgium | 2024
16 Jun 2024


Deserted Swimming Pool from 1930s @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted swimming pool in Belgium.

Built in 1937, the building was used as a swimming pool, a theatre, a casino, a
shop and a restaurant. The building style mixed cubism and industrial
architecture, which was very fashionable at that time. Its front part, very
imposing and gorgeous, is a full glass rotunda. The glazing facade, monumental
staircases, balconies, wrought iron railings, all contributed to its majesty.

The owners closed the swimming pool, then the theatre on the first floor in 2004.
A Muslim community tried to convert it into a mosque in 2005. Unfortunately, the
project was stalled. The future of this former swimming pool today is uncertain…

Belgium | 2024
15 Jun 2024


Deserted 13th Century Chateau @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted chareau in Belgium.

The chateau, largely built in neo-traditional style, dates back to the 13th
Century. In mid-19th century, it was converted into a monastery and boarding
house with an impressive neo-Gothic chapel, which was built in 1901-1902.
It was sold in the 1960s to a commercial company that still owns it today.
Numerous renovations/additions over time, turned it into a gigantic complex.

Belgium | 2024
14 Jun 2024


Deserted Hotel from 1930s @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted hotel in Belgium.

Built in 1934, it started as a small youth hostel before growing up during the 60s
and 70s. A café/restaurant was added, as well as an outside swimming pool
that gained a lot of success.

Unfortunately, things changed during the 90s with a lot of expensive
renovation going on. In 2002, the swimming pool permit was withdrawn for
non-compliance, and the clientele collapsed. The hotel went bankrupt in
2003. It was classified in 2004, prohibiting any kind of renovation,
and stay deserted since 2005.

Belgium | 2024
13 Jun 2024


Deserted Ghost Village @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted ghost village in Belgium.

The village exists since 1267. In the 1960's the nearby port wanted to expand
and demanded that the village residents be cleared so docks and quays
could be built there.

In 1980, a dock was built there but this had never been in use. The village
used to have about 1,200 inhabitants but since 2015, there are around 10
inhabitants, living in a ghost town. It became a paradise for graffiti
artists who covered every wall with their work.

Belgium | 2024
12 Jun 2024


Deserted Century-old Abattoir @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted abattoir in Belgium.

The abattoir was built between 1888 and 1890 by the architect Émile Tirou
on the original swampy site of approximately 20 hectares, with a covered
cattle market was built measuring 100 by 100 m.

It was dedicated as a slaughterhouse for the city with a flourishing
large cattle market. The arched steel construction Was supported by
cast iron pillars (one every 10 metres), braced by brick-built barrel
vaulting; a pearl of 19th-century industrial architecture.

Even today, the market hall is supported by no less than 219 tons of
cast iron and 640 tons of iron. It was closed down in 1983.

Belgium | 2024
11 Jun 2024


Deserted Century-old Textile Factory @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted textile factory in Belgium.

The textile factory was built in 1896. In 1907, it was enlarged and new office
buildings were added in Flemish Neo-Renaissance style. In 1988, the factory was
closed down and became deserted since. It is in an sad state of disrepair.

Belgium | 2024
10 Jun 2024


Deserted Century-old Castle @ Belgium

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted Chinese Restaurant in Belgium.

Built in 1895, the castle was a country retreat for the Ullens de Medaff family.
The last years was used as a Chinese restaurant until closing in 2008. In 2010
part of the castle was destroyed by a fire. Since then it burned 6 times, leaving
the building completely destroyed and extremely dangerous on the inside.

Belgium | 2024
9 Jun 2024


Deserted Century-old Sugar Factory @ Italy

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted sugar factory in Italy.

Built around 1900, the 16 hectare industrial complex employed around 1,000 seasonal
workers before World War II. The war caused extensive damage, but by 1946 the
factory had fully recovered and reactivated production at full speed. The
establishment of the Common Sugar Market in 1960s put it in an inferior
position compared to other European producers. It was closed in 1972.

In 1989, a disastrous fire destroyed 3 of the buildings. It became one of
the most evocative deserted factories.

Italy | 2024
8 Jun 2024


Deserted Disco from 1920s @ Italy

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted disco in Italy.

Built around 1928, the disco saw its heyday in the 50s and 60s. It hosted bands, even
entire orchestras and was frequented by illustrious guests. It had a huge hall with imposing
pillars, exquisitely frescoed ceilings and large windows that overlooked the garden outside.

There are 2 ballrooms, a giant swimming pool, tennis courts, bowling green and a fountain
that took your breath away for its beauty. It has hosted a Miss Italy contest.

Around 2007 it was taken over by a new owner, but after a couple of years it was
closed, deserted and left to decay. The chandelier has collapsed.

Italy | 2024
7 Jun 2024


Deserted Grand Lakeside Villa @ Italy

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted grand villa overlooking a gorgeous lake in Italy.

The villa was built and extended in various stages over the 19th Century on 60,000 sq m of land.
It is surrounded by a vast parkland which once contained greenhouses, caves, bridges, gazebos
stables and over 150 species of plants.

In addition to decades of looting and vandalism, the villa was hit by a vicious storm around
8 years ago. A large area of the villa has collapsed, and the upper floors are treacherous. The
house is in a very poor state of repair. The staircase is most striking. Colourful marble
decorations decorate the walls. Traces of curtains still cling to the windows.

Italy | 2024
6 Jun 2024


Deserted Disco @ Italy

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted disco in Italy.

Started in 1952, the disco offered an intimate and exclusive spot that attracted
people from all over the country to hear the top-notch orchestra and be
wowed by world-class services. The current venue was constructed in
1966-68 after being ousted by the neighbours. It is a giant fiberglass dome
with partially open archways around its perimeter, making it an
indoor-outdoor space.

A fire in the mid-1970s left only the dome intact and became deserted. In recent
years, it has been the site of raves, parties, and artwork, including some
done by the mysterious Italian street artist “Blu.”

Italy | 2024
5 Jun 2024


Hong Kong Deploys Anti-riot Armoured Vehicle for June 4

An anti-riot, bullet-and-explosion-proof armoured vehicle, dubbed 'Saber-toothed tiger',
is deployed next to Victoria Park, a venue that previously hosted mass Tiananmen
crackdown remembrance vigils in Hong Kong for 3 decades. The vehicle has
appeared for at least 3 days, apparently due to the "sensitive date" of June 4.
This year is the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen incident of 1989.

At least 10 police vehicles were also deployed in the area. Dozens of
uniform and plainclothes police officers were patrolling near the park,
concentrated around East Point Road, Hennessy Road and Lockhart Road.

This is not the first time. Similar arrangements were made on Chinese New Year;
October 1 - China's national day; July 1, anniversary of the transfer of
sovereignty of Hong Kong from UK to China.

Artist Sanmu Chan was stopped, questioned and taken away by police in
Causeway Bay on Monday, the eve of the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary,
as he sought to partake in some peaceful performance art. Chan wrote the Chinese
characters for “8964” with his finger in the air, referencing the date of the 1989
crackdown. He also mimed pouring wine onto the ground to mourn the dead,
per a Chinese tradition, before over 30 police moved in and took him away.

Is there an elevated threat of terrorist attack or an imminent riot? As the
government claims repeatedly that Hong Kong has already moved
'from chaos to rule', is it necessary to have such disproportionate
show of force? Will it scare off tourists who might think that Hong Kong
is a very dangerous place? Is it spreading the image of a 'Good Hong Kong'?

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2024
4 June 2024


Exhibition Honours Master Photojournalist Chan Kiu

A Hong Kong exhibition to honour the work of photojournalist and former chief
photographer of South China Morning Post - Chan Kiu opens with some of his
most striking images. Chan, who died in April aged 96, covered some of the
most grand events in the city's history, including riots, influx of refugees,
typhoons, and disasters on land and at sea.

The exhibition – 'In Memory of a Master Photojournalist, History of Hong Kong
Through the Lens of Chan Kiu' – is at the Hong Kong News-Expo in Central
spreading over 2 floors. Open daily except Monday from 10am to 7pm
Admission is free.

SOHO . Hong Kong | 2024
3 Jun 2024


Deserted Village School from 1970s

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted village school.

The school was originally built in 1930 with donations from the villagers.
As the village population grew, a larger campus was built in the 1970s. At its
heyday, there were 400 students. It has been deserted for while.
Furniture and personal items have been cleared.

Hong Kong | 2024
2 Jun 2024


Deserted Stone Statue Garden

Quite a few deserted stone statues are found in a peninsula next to the coast.
They include Buddha figures in standing and sitting positions. Some are
Buddha heads. Some are Bali-style sculptures.

Hong Kong | 2024
1 Jun 2024

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