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Chateau de Murat


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Built in the XIth/XIIth century, Murat is the middle ages was one of the most important cities of the Duche de Bourbon (historic province that is now the Allier). during the XVIIIth century the seat moves, the castle loses its importance, falls gently into ruin. Eglise Saint-Nicolas, XIIth century bell tower of which the footings still survive destroyed by lighting in 1755. Updated XVIIIth century.

43 files, last one added on Nov 05, 2014
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Ariege
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Chateau de Lagarde


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XIth century, a square tower built (1063/1065) by Ramiro I, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona. 1176/1180, developed to 4 square towers, a rectangular entry with a wooden door, a drawbridge, ditch, following the Albigensian Crusade, it was fortified, Revolution, partially destroyed, but it remains today as a bold silhouette looking down over the valley.

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Chateau de Lordat


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Mentioned as of 970. In 1034, it is yielded by Bernard, Comte de Carcassonne, 1244, occupied by the cathares during the crusade against the Albigensians. XIIIth century, king of Aragon seizes it and asks for its destruction. family of Lordat gave up the chateau at the time of the wars of religion. Dismantled on the order of Henri IV in 1582, it will fall little by little in ruins.

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Chateau de Miglos


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Ruins of a castle built on a rock piton 750 metres high. Attested for in 1097, built beginning of the XIIIth century, and largely damaged during the French Revolution. 1830, Jean-Louis Hycinthe de Vendemois, heir, saw his residence plundered during the Guerre des Demoiselles (1829-1832) while opposing the peasants of the Ariege with Charles X of France.

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Aude
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Chapelle Saint Pierre ès Liens


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Small IXth century church falling into ruin just outside Villarzel-Cabardès

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An Abandoned Tomb


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Family Tomb of the Stadieu family, believed XIXth century, they also created a big house in the area which is now a bed and breakfast in 1855.

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Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Alet


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Priory of the VIIIth century. founded by Bera, viscount of Razes. By the XIIth century, it had a lot of influence and a large number of pilgrims, 1318, the abbey became a bishopric in order to continue the fight against the cathars, 1577, largely destroyed by the Huguenots during the Wars of Religion and was not rebuilt. after the French Revolution, it became a stone quarry

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Aveyron
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Bains de Sylvanes


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Abandoned baths, first established here in the XIIth century but these buildings mostly date to the XVIIth/XVIIIth, over 150 bedrooms, abandoned in the 1940's, modernised and abandoned in the 1980's, seems to have been flooded out as the floors were covered with mud? it was said to have been reworked as from 2008, but does not seem to have happened yet.

124 files, last one added on Nov 09, 2014
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Chateau de Bar


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was occuped by the English between 1360 and 1386, it was in ruin by 1682.

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Chateau de Najac


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Built in 1253 by the villagers on the orders of Alphonse de Poitiers, on the site of an older castle (a square tower) built in 1100, Sold as national goods in 1794, it was used as a stone quarry until the XIXth century when the chateau was saved by the Cibiel family, who own it and open it to visitors. The Eglise Saint-Jean, constructed XIIIth century.

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3 albums on 1 page(s)

Bas-Rhin
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Bernardville - Ancien Bisto


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Found in passing, but speaking to a local said it was an old bistro and had been closed for years, worth noting that it however does have a sign close by marks this point as Ferme Baumgarten (255m), it does also sit very close to the Abbeye de Baumgarten so maybe it was previously attached to the same land.

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Chateau d'Andlau


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Built by Eberhard d'Andlau between 1246 and 1264, the castle stayed in the hands of the counts of Andlau until the French Revolution, confiscated as a national asset, it was sold in 1796 to a merchant who, from 1806, began to sell the castle piece by piece, 1818, Antoine-Henri d'Andlau bought the ruin and saved it from destruction, it still belongs to the Andlau family.

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Chateau de Guirbaden


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Situated in the Guirbaden forest at an altitude of 565 m, covers a larger area than any other in Alsace, from the XIth century, for more than 500 years it suffered several destructions and reconstructions, a fire in 1633, repaired by Fredéric de Rathsamhausen in 1647, fire in 1652, razed by the french troops in 1657, it falls to the family of Rohan, and is then sold in 1790. Privately owned.

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Cantel
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Chateau d'Aurouze


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1295, damoiseaux Chatard and Guillaume de Saint Germain establish a transaction with Bertrand de Rochefort, Around the time before the Revolution it was acquired by the Gillet d'Auriac and was finally burned down and looted during the French Revolution.

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Charente
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Abbaye de la Couronne


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The first abbey church is replaced by a second one constructed by l'abbe Junius at the end of the XIIth century, The site belongs to two different owners: the home, main courtyard, buildings monastic, the park and its accesses belong to the establishment of Lafarge Cements, the cloister and the abbey belong to the Conseil General of the Charente.

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Angouleme - Abandoned Industrial


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Some abandoned buildings on the outskirts of angouleme, i wondered if it was some sort of refinery, least its seems to have been accident free for afew years, not sure of their origins.

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Bois Refuge


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A love shack in the forest... at some stage a person/s spent alot of time/love building and painting this little place with it's suite called 'Le Paradis' just for Maman but seriously upside horseshoes are a no-no as is upside down wallpaper, it did however have both electric and water at one stage but looks like its been a while since anyone's been and tidied up.

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Charente-Maritime
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Abbaye Notre-Dame des Chateliers


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founded in the year 1150, destroyed first in 1294 by an English fleet, rebuilt, partially destroyed twice during the One hundred Year War: in 1388, then in 1462, the damage was more serious and involved a more major repair, There remains little of the convent buildings, several times destroyed and finally dismantled in the XVIIth century to build the fort of Pree.

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Macqueville - Maison du Maitre


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Old House just left to fall into the past

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Cher
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Chateau de Mehun-sur-Yevre


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XIIIth century and the later XIVth century. The standing ruins date from a castle founded under the Courtenays after 1209, the fortress transformed into princely residence by John, Duke of Berry 1367, ruined in the XVIIIth century, an excellent example of late Gothic architecture and early Renaissance architecture. Charles VII of France, died here on July 22, 1461.

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Correze
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Abandoned Factory


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Was just passing... looked like it had certainly been closed a while.

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Chateau de Turenne


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Sadly closed when we were passing. The Tour de Cesar (XIIth century) and the Clock Tower (XIVth century), vestiges of the former fortress. The village has houses from the XIIIth through to the XVIIth centuries

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Tours de Merle


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A feudal fortress from the XIIth and XVth centuries, In the XIVth century, Merle included seven castles, two chapels and village, owned by seven noblemen from Merles. During the Hundred Years' War, the English took one of the towers and a castle in 1371.
In 1574 the Calvinists took the citadel, where they established a garrison, they were driven out two years later by the co-lords. But the fortress was abandoned by those who preferred to live in places that were more pleasant and more accessible.

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Creuse
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Chateau de Chabassiere


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Built in 1863 by Alfred Roseleur, chemist, inventor and industrialist, who was Mayor/Councillor of Aubusson from 1878 to 1881. abandoned for many years it was finally destroyed by fire in 2006.

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Chateau de Chamborant


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As far back as the Early middle ages, a military construction rose within the site of the current keep. fell to the hands of the English after the battle from Poitiers (1356), during which they killed the knight Imbert de Chamborant, 1566, passes to the family of Moras, namely Fabien de Morra (or of Moras), as left by his father in his will of April 15, 1555.

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Chateau du Monteil


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During the XIIth century, there would only be a simple chateau in Monteil, XIIIth century it is remodelled, 1767, the last lord of the manor is the mayor of Aubusson, it will then be sold by adjudication in 1794. after the revolution it was pillaged for stone where it remains today in ruin.

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Deux-Sevres
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Chateau de Boux


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The oldest House, surrounded by a walled enclosure, probably dates from the late 15th or early from the sixteenth century. A second House, dated 1734, was built at the southern corner of the enclosure including one of the towers of and at the same time the former logis has been redeveloped. Around 1906 the new owner of the Manor, Marie Stone Mascureau, did important work of renovation to the building of 1734.

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Chateau de Chalandeau


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Guyon Girard, the first known owner of the Chateau de Chalandeau in 1415, A noble house flanked by 5 towers,
It was abandoned in 1930 after its last owners removed all doors and windows and simply disappeared.

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Chateau de Glenay


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XIIth century, became fortified in 1386, current building dates from the late XVth or early XVIth century, common buildings are accompanied by a pigeonnier, decorated with the arms of the Vignerot, church houses the marble statue of René de Vignerot and his wife Françoise du Plessis de Richelieu, who were executed in 1625. The high parts of the chapel are defensive.

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Dordogne
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Abbaye de Boschaud


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Built between 1154 and 1159, partly destroyed during the guerres de religion (wars of religion), In 1790, when the revolutionaries come to seize the Abbey, they find only a single monk.

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An Abandoned House


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Little abandoned house in the country and a Citroen Traction dumped in a forest, that we found whilst out and about.

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Ancien Eglise paroissiale de Trelissac


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Sad end for a church ruin dating to the XVth century.

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Essonne
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Chateau de Chanteloupe


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Manoir de Chanteloup is in the XIIIth century the house of Philippe le Bel. Today, the building is crumbling. And inside, despite the masonry, is devastated: cracked floors, ripped tiles. At the heart of a financial transaction between an Italian association and a clinic who wanted to acquire the property. A first compromise was signed in 2005, extension 2006, it has sat in red-tape limbo since.

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Chateau d'Orgemont


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Originally the property of Pierre d'Orgemont, who is Chancellor of France in 1373. During the 1960's, the area is occupied by a centre of Protestant theology. 1976, it was acquired by a professional syndicate, and is turned into an orphanage, following a conflict between the staff at the center and the Union, the centre closed abruptly in January 1988.

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Eure-et-Loir
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Chateau de la Ferte-Vidame


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A chateau has been in this spot of La Ferte-Vidame since 985. In 1374, Domain of the family of Vendome who rebuilt the chateau. XIVth century rebuilt in the XVIIIth century and burnt to the ground during the French Revolution.

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Sanatorium de Dreux


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Three parallel pavilions built in 1932, Pastor, Calmette, Koch, enlarged in 1936 by the adding of the wings Villemin and Pavilion Guersant. East of the sanatorium, Maurice Viollette built in 1931, intended for children. Lazaretto and a Pavilion for toddlers completed post-war. The buildings were gradually abandoned from the 1970s up until its full closure in 1995.

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Sanatorium de Dreux - Revisited 2015


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Three parallel pavilions built in 1932, Pastor, Calmette, Koch, enlarged in 1936 by the adding of the wings Villemin and Pavilion Guersant. East of the sanatorium, Maurice Viollette built in 1931, intended for children. Lazaretto and a Pavilion for toddlers completed post-war. The buildings were gradually abandoned from the 1970s up until its full closure in 1995.

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Gard
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Nemausus Amphitheater - Nimes


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Nîmes has a rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire when it was called Nemausus. The city was located on the Via Domitia, a Roman road constructed in 118 BC which connected Italy to Spain. The city had an estimated population of 60,000 in the time of Augustus. Augustus gave the town a ring of ramparts six kilometres long, reinforced by fourteen towers of which 2 still remain today. The Roman amphitheatre, of the 1st or 2nd century AD, is the best-preserved Roman arena in France and could hold 24,000 people.

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Temple de Diane - Nemausus


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The ancient Temple de Diane of the old roman town of Nemausus (now Nimes) which dates to the 2nd century.

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Tour Magne - Nemausus


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Mont Cavalier is crowned by the Tour Magne ("Great Tower"), a ruined Roman tower. who's history goes back to IIIth century BC when it measured 18m in height in Roman times this grew to 36 metres today it sits at 32.5m and offers great views of the city below

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Gers
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Abbaye de St-Orens


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Known as the Abbaye Benedictine de Saint Orens de Lavedan, dating VIIIth/IXth Century, perhaps the monastery was built on the site of l'ermitage de Saint Orens, built by the monk of Spain in the Vth century, it was given up about 1720, the deserted buildings were sold in the Revolution, used as a stone quarry, their difficult access also preserved part of the site.

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Chateau de Tauzia


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The Seigneurs du Tauzia are attested in the XIIth century. It is them who build the castle, mentioned for the first time in 1362 whereas it belongs to Menaud de Barbazan. the frame of this building was built at the beginning of the XIVth century, About 1500 one bores bays with mullions and one climbs a circular stair-well, during the 17th century the castle is then given up and falls slowly into ruin.

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Gironde
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Chateau des Tours


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A beautiful chateau of the XIVth century. It was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century. but has since been abandoned by its rich owner.

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Le Grille de Dallau


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Explorers know how it is when you see some abandonment you just have to investigate, it is believed to have been burnt down around 2001, confirmed to me that this restaurant was the former training ground of the famous french chef Bruno Loubert who is now based in London when he was younger.

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Haut-Rhin
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Chateau de Bilstein


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Located (420m) XIIth/XIIIth century and the high doorway which was added in the XIVth century, this castle was restored on several occasions in the XVth, XVIth and XVIIth centuries, fire which occurred in 1640 ruined it completely. The last bailiff of the castle who took possession of the ruins in 1655, was used a as prison on various occasions until 1489.

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Chateau de Hagueneck


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XIIIth century, was redeveloped and expanded during the XIVth century, Located at an altitude of 420 metres, after many conflicts, is besieged and then burned. It was rebuilt shortly after, during the course of the 17th century. ruined, the former stronghold is incorporated, in 1674, to the rich possessions of the Knights of St. John, during the Revolution, the castle was sold.

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Chateau de Hohnack


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Classed as one of the highest chateau's in the Alsace sitting at 940m, In the XIIth century, a chateau was constructed on roman ruins by the Counts of Eguisheim. In 1655 by order of Louis XIV, it was evacuated and razed to the ground, by the XVIIIth century it had become nothing more than a stone quarry.

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Haute-Garonne
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Aurignac - Abandoned House


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An abandoned house in the ancient region known as the Comminges.

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Ancien tuilerie de Blajan


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Ancien Usine de Laurenties in Blajan, 1851, founded by Jean Laurenties, 1898/1901, a Hoffmann kiln is installed, factory is expanded during WW2, 1977, Hoffmann kiln is switched off, the factory starts to transfer production, 200 people employed here in the 1970s, factory remains open until the 1980's when production was transferred to the nearby Imerys factory.

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Chapelle Castrale du Salies du Salat


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Chateau Comtal dates back to the XIIth Century and the Comtes de Comminges, it dates to the XIVth and the chapelle castrale of the XIVth century, both presumed built for their strategic positions at the top of the hill.

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Haute-Loire
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Abandoned House


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just another abandoned building..

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Chateau d'Allegre


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Armand IV of Alegre became baron of Allegre in 1343, but in 1361, Arnaud attacking the Castle. Armand IV is killed during the siege by Thomas de La Marche, with its 23 towers, considered one of the most beautiful and the most significant in the region. 1698, the castle burns but is rebuilt, Communal property after the Revolution, it served as a quarry for building materials.

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Chateau de Chapteuil


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A medieval chateau which belonged to the Chapteuil family between the IXth and XIIIth century, built off volcanic rock, also on a volcano it sits 100m higher than the village below and covered over 7 .5 hectares, The fortresse was destroyed in 1574 by order of the Baron de St-Vidal on the grounds that it had become a den for protestants.

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Haute-Vienne
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Abandoned Hamlet of Courbefy


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Hamlet of old with its XIIth century chateau (in ruins) and its XIIIth century chapel, a village of but afew houses and barns suffers harsh times and by 1970 everyone leaves, during the 1990's its purchased and transformed at huge cost into a holiday village but fails and in 2008 (some reports say the company went under in 2005) it was then abandoned, it is now the property of Credit Agricole it was offered on the market for a swift 300,000 euros...

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Abandoned Hamlet of Courbefy 2013


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as seen in the newspapers... Hamlet of old with its XIIth century chateau (in ruins) and its XIIIth century chapel, a village of but afew houses and barns suffers harsh times and by 1970 everyone leaves, during the 1990's its purchased and transformed at huge cost into a holiday village but fails and in 2008 (some reports say the company went under in 2005) it was then abandoned, it is now the property of Credit Agricole it was offered on the market for a swift 300,000 euros...

Updated - After originally failing to sell the abandoned hamlet of Courbefy in France's Massif Central, It was auctioned again and this time it was purchased for 520,000 euros by a South Korean artist who lives in the USA. The deserted site had been repossessed by a bank after its owner accumulated over 650,000 euros in debt.

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Abbaye de Saint-Amand


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Originally of the XIIth century, who's history goes back to the Vth century when the Saint Amand lived in a hermitage there, Saint Junian (Saint Junien) was a Vth century Christian hermit at the location later named after him, One of these saints was Saint Amand, and Junian wished to become his disciple. Unknown when it fell out of use.

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Hautes-Pyrenees
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Chateau Sainte-Marie


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Its original construction dates from the Xth century. In the XIVth century, the Hospitaliers de Saint Jean then later the Chevaliers de Malte who occupied it. The English took possession until the moment when the Comte de Clermont in 1404, drove out the English and the Chateau was then little by little abandoned. Its restoration was undertaken in the 1980s thus safeguarding one of the most outstanding ruins of the valley.

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Hauts-de-Seine
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Chateau Rothschild


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Built from 1855 to 1861 by the banker James de Rothschild, fifth and youngest child of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812). de Rothschild opened De Rothschild Frères. a meeting place of high society. WW2 plundered by nazis, trashed 1945 by U.S. Army during manoeuvres. 1979 Sold for a symbolic franc resold quickly for several million francs. in a state of ruin, it is totally abandoned.

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Herault
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Cesseras - Abandoned Water Tower


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Obviously there is a water treatment plant connected, unsure if its used any more, but it certainly does not look so.

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Cesseras - Workers Tower


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what a stunning little tower, you can imagine a worker sat inside looking at the glorious views whilst using his oven to cook his bread. it is of unknown history, situated just outside the hamlet of Cesseras towards Olonzac, sadly my camera was getting on abit (now replaced) and did not like the extreme sun to much.

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Chateau de Cabrerolles


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980/XIIth century tower into a chateau fort it is today, a fortified church (saved and restored in the XVIIth century) pitched on its own rock for defence, Les Guerres de Religion is fatal for the castle, 1569, the Baron de Faugeres, commands the chapel be destroyed, 1630, Richelieu campaigns for the eradication of fortes feodales, the chateau however is destroyed before then.

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Indre
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Chateau de la Prune au Pot


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Chateau owes its name to the Pot family who owned it between 1300 to 1484, square tower, the western and northern curtains and the water ditches date from XIIIth century. Updated in the XIVth/XVth century. XIXth century, it becomes a farm, the castle full of modernisations and then destruction and in turn abandonment.

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Chateau de Levroux


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What's left of the remainders of a chateau dating back to the XIVth century, built by Bertrand de la Tour d'Auvergne, Seigneur de Levroux. Two cylindrical towers and the massive Gothic door on the face of building are original features and to be admired, and from this site, to view the beautiful panoramic views extending on the valley below.

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Chateau de Veuil


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Replacing the primitive keep, a feudal chateau was built in the XIIth century. Jacques Hurault in 1500, undertakes the construction of the current chateau. It will be demolished in 1806 by order. Not being any more as a residence, the chateau is left in abandonment and is used as a stone quarry. Only a small part still remains of one of the grandest chateaux in the land of Berry.

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Indre-et-Loire
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Abbaye Royale Saint-Michel de Bois-Aubury


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Established in the XIIth century (updated in the XIV/XVth century), It is also the resting place for the ashes of the American/Russian actor Yul Brynner who died in 1985, famous for his role in the film/musical, The King and I, a role he played more than 4,000 times.

3 files, last one added on Nov 10, 2014
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Avenir du Prolétariat


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A closed down orphanage that opened in 1906, During WW2 it was used to house prisoners, all communists or sympathizers, the camp closed in 1941, the warden allowed to create a summer camp for young girls during the summer, 1952, Hosting up to 220 people. most with Alzheimer's disease, many patients were psychiatric patients. suicides were commonplace.

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Chateau de Cravant


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XIIth and remodelled in the XIVth century, strengthened manor house built in XVth century. completed in 1556, in the XVIth century, construction of a main building, ruins of the home of XVth century, the house of 1560, the main building of XVIIth, construction in XVIIth century occupied the west of the enclosure, but it was destroyed in 1860, it's roof dates to the XVIIth century.

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Loir-et-Cher
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Chateau de Freteval


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Built in 1090, destroyed in 1429, first medieval circular residential tower in france built out of stone, belongs to Armand de La Rochefoucauld, Duc de Doudeauville, 1194, Richard the Lionheart faught Philippe Auguste here and won, 1418, construction of a new tower and drawbridge, 1429, Salisbury English troops, take the castle and burn it to the ground. It has been in ruin ever since.

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Chateau de Lavardin


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Built XIth century by the first lords of Lavardin, 1130, castle sold to the count of Vendome, becoming his principal fortress from the end of the XIIth century, altered in the XIVth and XVth centuries, it was taken by the members of the Catholic League in 1589, then dismantled the following year on the orders of Henri IV, Duke of Vendome and King of France.

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Chateau de Montoire


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IXth and Xth century, 1188, Richard the Lion-heart seizes the borough at the expense of King Philippe II Auguste. XIVth century, defenses are upgrade, In 1362, Robert Marcault seizes the city on behalf of the English. King Henri IV had the chateau at the end of the Wars of religion (1594). taken and pillaged after the Revolution, the commune purchases the ruins in 1847.

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Loiret
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Chateau de L'Isle


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XIVth century; 1530, bailiff Groslot D'Orleans rebuilds the chateau, In 1535, He obtains from Francois 1st the authorisation to build a drawbridge, 1621, succession falls to two nephews, 1866, a devastating storm which saw the water rise 150 metres, the water of the Loire transformed this then stunning castle into nothing more than a pile of stone.

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Chateau de Yevre le Chatel


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A fortified castle of the Xth century, by the end of the XVth century and with the progression of arms sadly this castle loses its military importance, its defences now obsolete the castle is abandoned and by 1640 the castle is sat in ruin.

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Chateau Unkown


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This one's certainly locked up tight., but judging by its broken windows its been a while since its been lived in.

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Lot
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Abbaye-Nouvelle


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Abbaye-Nouvelle is the building representative of the monastery, founded XIIIth century, by the Abbaye d'Obazine, adopts the name of Sainte-Marie de Gourdon, more frequently called 'Nouvelle' because it was the first attempt of the foundation by Obazine, which would later fail, around 1150, built in just 30 years, it has 5 spans, was around 45 meters long.

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Chateau de Cadrieu


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A non-listed maison seigneuriale, 1295, Chevalier, Seigneur de Cadrieu, 1304, Seigneur de Cardaillac, Beneath the terrace, lies a high vaulted cellar which dates to the old castle, burned down 1390, rebuilt various times. XVIIIth century, restored in part, today, it is part chateau, part ruin, the ruins of a renaissance building, a staircase and two stone fireplaces.

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Chateau de Roussillon


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Built on the vestiges of a building of the VIIIth century belonging to the duc d'Aquitaine. this chateau of the XIIIth to XVth has 8 towers and 3 main houses and a chapel, at the beginning of the XVIIIth century the chateau had already started to deteriorate and into the XIXth stone was sold off for building homes in the local area, semi restored in 1958 by the Mailho family.

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Lot-et-Garonne
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Chateau de Bonaguil


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The Chateau de Bonaguil was the last of the fortified castles. It was built in the XIIIth century, but was entirely restructured at the end of the XVth and beginning of the XVIth centuries by Berenger de Roquefeuil, who added all of the defensive improvements of the end of the Middle Ages, never to suffer attack, it was inhabited until the French Revolution where it suffered the loss of its frames(roofs).

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Eglise Saint-Pierre de Cazeaux


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Of the four churches of Laplume, classified historic building, This was the parish church and it dates from the XIIIth and the XIVth century but for sure certain parts date older from the XIth/XIIth century. And since one evening in the winter of 1888, a legend tells of a man who would leave his tomb each evening to protect the other dead, It is the ghost of Cazeaux? The church closed in 1888, after the roof was destroyed by fire.

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Puy-de-Dôme
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Chateau de Boissonnelle


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XIth century, belongs to Hughes Boissonnelle. remainy in the family until the middle of the XIIIth century, the chateau was sat in ruins long before the Revolution. just a small mansion which appears to never have been inhabited by the rich Lords, however the chateau had a chapel,.1902, a description that this court is surrounded by inhabited buildings.

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Chateau de Buron


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IXth/XIIIth century. The Seigneur, a robber of the worst kind called Le Garou, had one evening attacked the village monastery, massacring all the monks, plundering their wealth. later that evening a violent thunderstorm broke out, unleashing its power it started a fire which reduces the castle to ashes, it was never to be rebuilt, 'Le Garou' disappeared forever.

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Chateau de Coppel


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XIth century, a fortified building is reported in the commune, XIIIth century, it seems that a castle is built (or possibly enhanced) on the hill in the commune, 1626, Richelieu who seeks the destruction of 2000 castles and the Chateau is partially leveled, 1860, the Chapel of the Chateau collapses, not rebuilt. It is the village that receives the pilgrims, 1861, A part of the tower collapses.

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Seine-et-Marne
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Ferme de la Renaissance


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Around 1815, the farm was have modified with turrets owned by the local chateau. 1942, the death of Mrs DUMEZ, Count Edward du Tour, (cousin) inherited the farm (80 hectares), rented to a tenant. who cultivated the lands and kept the property in good order, until 85/86. For unknown reasons, the tenant left the farm deteriorating very quickly. looters take everything and it has since stood abandoned.

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Somme
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Chateau de Pont-Remy


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Previously know as the Chateau Clochard (meaning the 'homeless man' or 'tramp' a reference to its abandoned state) or Chateau Pianiste. rebuilt after being destroyed during the hundred year war (1337 - 1453). An association was set up in 2007 to persuade the owners to save this historic monument. August 13th 2012 the Chateau was severely damaged by fire.

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Tarn
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Chateau de Thuries


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The big tower of the site is still here. It has a platform forty meters in length divided by sections of walls which you have to guess are old dependences. built during the XIIIth century, believed dismantled under Richelieu. XVIIth century

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Commanderie Templiere de Vaour


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The Commanderie is pitched high on a hill top, On the ground floor is the kitchen with a baker's oven and the refectory all three in row. An octagonal tower (today gone) gave access to the apartments of the commander. The church was located on the ground floor of the keep which was 20 meters high. Made up of several building of which a barn which has been restored supported by nine buttresses.

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Gaillac - Abandoned Mill


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Gaillac is a small hamlet just outside the larger town of Carjarc, The view from our gite above showed us this little industrial gem of the past.

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Tarn et Garonne
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Chateau de Saint-Martin


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In 1175 - First writings mentioning the Seigneur de Laguepie. 1212 - The Chateau is set alight and demolished by Simon de Montfort, 1592 - The duc de Joyeuse attacks and destroys the chateau and the village. 1598 - The Chateau is transformed into a residence seigneurale, In 1793, ransacked, abandoned by the last baron it falls into ruin.

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Val-d'Oise
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Goussainville - Village Fantôme


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Goussainville was the site of the crash of the supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 during the 1973 Paris Air Show which led to the deaths of all 6 people on board and 8 on the ground which took out some of the town houses and the school (luckily closed at that time) fearing another accident many occupants of the town simply moved away.

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Mirapolis


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One of the first French theme parks covering over 47 hectares with 29 attractions, its themes were the tales and the great novels of France, dominated by a huge statue of Gargantua, inside an attraction, a dark ride, was installed. Closed in 1991 because it never turned any profit. 1995, head of Gargantua was dynamited. Today abandoned, a guardian looks after the property of which there is little left.

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Sanatorium d'Aincourt


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In 1930, An architectural contest was launched, Work began in 1931 and was completed in 1933, also the date of the opening. The buildings which emerged in record time and is one of the largest and most notable sanatoria built during the XXth century. Pavilion Dr. Vian completely closed its doors in 1988. In 2001, Pavilion Bonnefoy-Sibour closed. Only one, former children wing continues to operate.

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Vienne
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Abbaye de la Reau


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Founded XIIth century by the clergy of Saint-Augustin, 1327, burned down by the English, strengthened at the time of the Reform, 1531, overun by Antoine de Guillerville who drives out the monks, 1653, the reform of the genovefains and the beginnings of repair work, two towers reinforce the angles of the enclosure, bell-tower of the church fell in the XXth century.

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Charroux


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Remains of the Benedictine Charroux Abbey, founded in the 8th century, are preserved in the town. Said to be the site of the council of Charroux in 989 where the bishops of Aquitaine met to protect the immunity of the clergy and suggested that the church should guarantee that the poor might live in peace - Runciman the first crusade page 70

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Availles-Limouzine


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On the outskirts of the town sits this delightful looking building seemingly owned by EDF (what we presume is an old mill of some sort).

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Yvelines
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Fort du Haut Buc


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Abandoned Military Fort constructed in 1879, 1870, France is partly occupied by Prussian armies. Following this defeat, it implements the Séré de Rivières system which allows the construction of fortifications to defend Paris. In total, there were 18 forts, 5 redoubts and 34 batteries that were built between 1874 and 1881. now less than handful survive.

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