Echoes of Majesty – The Abandoned Castle in the Mountains

High above the world, where the air is thin and the winds whisper ancient secrets, there stands a forgotten fortress, a silent sentinel on the mountain’s crest. This abandoned castle, perched majestically against the rugged peaks, is a haunting testament to a bygone era, a tale of grandeur now lost to the relentless embrace of … Read more

Heddal Stave Church: Norway’s Timeless Architectural Treasure

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Notodden municipality in Norway lies the majestic Heddal Stave Church—a masterpiece of medieval architecture and a testament to the country’s rich cultural heritage. With its soaring spires, intricate carvings, and ancient timber construction, this iconic landmark stands as a beacon of Norway’s enduring legacy and spiritual tradition. Dating back … Read more

The Torre Carreras – Abandoned in Barcelona, Spain

The Torre Carreras – Abandoned in Barcelona, Spain      The first time I went to see the tower was at the end of 2014. There was an Italian boyfriend who he told me guarded the tower and also did the maintenance. I was able to see a bit of the interior and found that … Read more


The Manoir Joachim Kroll aka the Colimaçon Manor, owes its name to its magnificent spiral staircase that goes from the last state to the basement. Arriving on site, we discover this gigantic building, with a surprisingly well maintained garden, sumptuous mosaics overlooking the doors. We slip quietly into the house, the interior is in pretty … Read more

Castle Kranichfeld

The Oberschloss Kranichfeld is a Renaissance palace of the former princely house of Reuss, above the town of Kranichfeld in Thuringia, which emerged from an older castle complex. It is owned by the Thuringian Palaces and Gardens Foundation. The palace complex originated from a medieval castle to protect trade routes through the Ilm Valley. Today, … Read more

The Devil’s Bridge: A Marvel of Engineering and Folklore

The Devil’s Bridge in Kromlau, Germany, stands as a testament to both human ingenuity and the enduring power of folklore. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of the Rhododendron Park, this architectural marvel has captured the imaginations of visitors for centuries.   Constructed in the mid-19th century, the Devil’s Bridge, also known as Rakotzbrücke, was built … Read more

Hope Plantation Before & After:

Historic Hope, built in 1803, is an early house built in the Palladian mode of the federal style, located on the Carolina Coastal Plain, near Windsor, North Carolina, in the United States. The plantation house was built by David Stone, a member of the coastal Carolina planter class, later Governor of North Carolina and a … Read more

Mosteiro de Alcobaça

Mosteiro de Alcobaça Portugal Alcobaça Monastery Baroque façade of the abbey ChurchAlternative namesReal Abbey of Santa Maria de AlcobaçaTypeMosteiroDominant styleGothic, Manueline, Mannerism, Baroque Beginning of construction 12th centuryInauguration1252 (consecration) DiocesePatriarchate of LisbonSacerdoteAssist Bishops: D. Joaquim Mendes; D. Nuno Brás; D. José TraquinaWebsitemosteiroalcobaca.ptNational HeritageClassification The Monastery of Alcobaça, also known as the Royal Monastery of Santa … Read more

The Mort House`

The Mort House Also known as a ‘corpse house’ was built in 1831 and stands in the corner of an ancient graveyard. At this time, grave robbing was a growing problem. After new burials had taken place, men would dig up the graves and steal the deceased’s jewellery or other possessions that they had been … Read more