Once prosperous and influential due to mining and steel industry, now a city that looks gloomy and blows the last smoke out of the chimney of the remaining steel works.
Château de Al Mère is a half-finished castle, meant to be a hotel: construction started in 2000 but was stopped in 2002, after which the structure was turned into a modern ruin. The castle is still waiting for its first guests to arrive…
Here, upon these ghostly shadows of men and women
There are no smiles
Singly, they mingle, with the greyness of the walls
And at strange angels, they travel on to nowhere
The midsection of this building opened in 1912 as Grand Hotel Prealpi. During the First World War the two wings were added and it was converted into a military hospital.
Volterra Psychiatric Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital in the city of Volterra. Founded in 1888, the hospital was known for its brutal treatment of inmates. It remained open until 1978, when it was closed following the passage of Law 180, which directed the closing down of all existing psychiatric hospitals.
This massive abandoned monster of steel is part of a quarry in Italy.
On this mysterious terrain, behind high fences and strict security, the factory of the Dutch Army produced firearms, artillery and ammunition from 1895 onwards.