PHOTOS: Urban explorer reveals abandoned castle

Bob Thissen, 33, visited the secluded spot in the northeast of France, which is believed to have been abandoned for six months to a year. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)

An urban explorer has revealed a forgotten fairy-tale castle that’s been left to decay. Bob Thissen, 33, visited the secluded spot in the northeast of France, which is believed to have been abandoned for six months to a year. Many of the once noble site’s ceilings have fallen, water damage is rife in the attic and the floors are littered with rubbish, unwanted belongings and debris.

Built in 1987, Thissen believes the castle had to be abandoned when it became too dangerous for the owner to live in it. He discovered skulls with ornate jewelry wrapped around them and large taxidermy pieces, from an outspread bird to a boar’s head, deer and more.

The site, which had remained with its most recent owner since 1973, stands like a time capsule of the old world, from which much of its belongings originate. Ornate chandeliers hang from expansive ceilings, hand-carved chairs from a bygone time sit gathering dust and numerous religious statues inhabit the deteriorating dwelling. (Caters News)

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Many of the once noble site’s ceilings have fallen, water damage is rife in the attic and the floors are littered with rubbish, unwanted belongings and debris. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
Built in 1987, Thissen believes the castle had to be left when it became too dangerous for the owner to live in it. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
He discovered skulls with ornate jewelry wrapped around them and large taxidermy pieces, from an outspread bird to a boar’s head, deer and more. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
The site, which had remained with its most recent owner since 1973, stands like a time capsule of the old world, from which much of its belongings originate. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
Ornate chandeliers hang from the expansive ceilings, hand-carved chairs from a bygone time sit gathering dust and numerous religious statues inhabit the deteriorating dwelling. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“The castle looked really nice, with a lot of wooden decoration and big fireplaces.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
Thissen, from Heerlen in the Netherlands, compared the site to a “fairy-tale castle” enchanted by its wondrous belongings amid decay. (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
He said: “It has its charm as a hidden, forgotten gem. It has been abandoned for about six to 12 months only, but it looks like it was abandoned for many years.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“The castle looked really nice, with a lot of wooden decoration and big fireplaces.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“All rooms were really great, with nice ceilings, walls, stuffed animals and a lot of items, furniture and antiques.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“It’s a shame all the antique is still inside. The castle is a time bomb, and soon the furniture/antique will be buried under the collapsed floors.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“The building is in very bad shape. A lot of floors collapsed already, and the rest will follow soon. There are spiderwebs everywhere.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“It’s crazy someone had to live in this dangerous place, and it’s a shame such a nice building has degraded so badly while it’s in the middle of a village.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)
“It’s an example of the impoverishment of the nobility.” (Photo: Bob Thissen/Caters News)

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