Abandoned Lumiere Castle (France)
Before us – an abandoned family castle-manor-chateau of a Swiss tycoon, lost in the French wilderness – Lumière Castle (France). The place is very picturesque, beautiful and well preserved. Beautiful interiors, a chic hall with a luxurious light well and many other interesting things.
Probably, as a child, many had an irresistible desire to visit some ancient or abandoned castle with ghosts. I loved reading books and watching films on this subject. But the years went by, the everyday life of the surrounding world became more and more prevalent.
Children’s dreams were forgotten and put on a distant shelf. However, sometimes, as they say, it’s worth “following your dreams” (“follow your dreams”, in English). In 2008, I started my first trips to abandoned places.
Digging into the Internet, I found hundreds of photographs of foreign abandoned castles in Europe. The security of some of the mansions and palaces was simply amazing and suggestive of some kind of dirty trick. But then I did not even have a passport, and the very idea of sallies to such places was somewhat fantastic. But the years passed, and in 2013 the first chance came to check the Miranda-de-Chateau castle in Belgium.
Alas, getting close to him, we were stopped and turned out by the local police officer with the dogs. And in 2015 it was decided during a trip with his family to the Czech Republic to fly to France for a couple of days. And in addition to rest in a cozy town to try to check out the estate. No sooner said than done. And now I will give a brief history of this castle.
Chateau Lumiere was built in the early 1900s by a wealthy Swiss tobacco magnate. Personality was very interesting and significant for the history of local regions. How does the word “Chateau” stand? Chateau – adopted in France, the name of the country manor house of the highest aristocracy and in general the nobility, often with a park and winemaking.
Most often translated into Russian by the word “castle”, although the fortified residences of the medieval nobility in French are called the chateau fort and for most of the chateau, a more adequate version of the translation – “palace”, “estate” or “manor”.
For example, the Château de Versailles is a classic example of a palace and park ensemble of the 17th and 18th centuries. More than 300 chateau is concentrated in the valley of the river Loire. Many of them are classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
The owner of this chateau was not the only one, however, it was in this city and in this estate that its main stages of life passed. Alas, by the middle of the 20th century, the industrialist had begun to have strong problems in various fields, his health had deteriorated, and in 1959 he had died.
The property was partly exported to auctions, and partially preserved. Soon the mansion was sold. But the new owners did not have enough resources and forces to maintain the house in proper condition. And in a few years the castle was sold to a new owner.
As a result of all the vicissitudes of the 80-ies of the XX century, the house was unknown to anyone in the canned state. During the 90s the building was most likely guarded, in the 2000s the watchman began to make only rare detours.
Now the building is abandoned to the mercy of fate. It is worth noting that the castle has the status of a “monument of architecture” and is under the “protection of the state”. But we are well aware of the Russian realities, as “a lot” can mean this status.
When the bus stopped at the destination, we were right in front of the castle. The weather was gloomy, and the sky was cloudy. The mansion was not visually similar to the one abandoned in the direct sense of the word. However, overgrown territory and rusty gates hinted to us that this place has long been not residential.
We decided to go around the building in the old manner, but it was not so easy. Behind me was a huge mountain. And if in the castle of Miranda-de-Chateau the main difficulty was to climb the mountain in the rain, now it was exactly the reverse task.
It was necessary first to go upstairs, and then to get down straight down the mountain with such a deviation that you had to hold on to all the trees and bushes on your way. The dripping rain only complicated the situation.
Eventually the terrain leveled off, and we found ourselves in the former garden behind the main house. Soon the silhouette of the old car appeared. Oh, yes this is Citroen CV2! Once a beautiful car now stood abandoned to the mercy of fate in the backyard.
To the right of the car was the porch of the mansion, the old wooden moss-covered door was closed. Absolutely not hoping, I pushed it. And she gave in a little. I pushed it harder, and with great creak and gnashing, it all the same opened.
Janet and I went inside. Walking a little deeper into the building, we found ourselves in the front hall. Honestly, I could not believe that everything was so simple and was expecting some kind of dirty trick.
I suggest you also enjoy the general view of the hall. The building of the castle-chateau is primarily remarkable for the light well. Light, entering the building through the ceiling in the attic, passes through the intermediate glass on the 4th floor and dissipates through the oval apertures on the third, the second and muffled, falls to the first.
On sunny days, it is probably lighter here, but in our case the weather was very gloomy. Also immediately attracted by the attention of a huge mirror, which leads the red carpet.
First of all, we headed towards the beautiful grand staircase. Forged railing, stucco molding, a huge stained-glass window above the flight, which is just not there. We will rise first to the second floor.
Different rooms have different security and different fillings. In the first room, where we entered, it was very dark, but it showed two antique safes. Moreover, each was equipped with four code locks with the English alphabet. It was possible to sit down and pick up a code that to detect untold treasures)
Even now, the wheels were spinning with pleasant clicks. The photo of the safe, unfortunately, only on the phone, you can see it here. And I suggest going to the next room, where the wooden buffet is preserved. Alas, the marauders gradually tear off the details of the design and from it.
Undoubtedly, the forged grating, which serves as a fence for the light well on the second floor, deserves attention. In the background of the picture is the same stained-glass window on the front staircase.
Continue along the mansion. Now we have a bathroom in front of us. Exquisite interior in light blue tones, beautiful floor tiles, designer plumbing, decorative design of doors.
We’ll look at the bathroom from this perspective too. Most likely, some of the owners in the second half of the XX century tried to carry out the euro-repair, but for some reason the matter arose. In the fact that this is all preserved from the first half of the XX-th century, I can not believe 🙂
And then the most interesting began. While we were standing in the bathroom, a door slammed loudly in the building and someone’s footsteps were heard. We went to the floor and froze. Someone froze, too. The typical situation is “standing and not moving.”
In complete silence, someone’s quiet snorting was heard. 10 minutes of such “stupid”. Then my wife and I got sick of it, and we began to call – in English, in French, zero reaction. A strange situation, of course, because if it were a watchman, he would say “Come out!” or go to us to look. And if the stalkers were something, they would go out and chat. And here neither so nor so. Again, the tormenting minutes of waiting … In short, we decided to go down and went to the door – and it is closed as we left it.
Wife all this situation began to strain, I was also unhappy. And then I realized that it was the effect of a special sound propagation. And we heard the door on the second floor, not from the first, but from the third or fourth! In short, someone was hanging out in a building at the top (marginals are homeless?) Then he again continued to make noise. But we decided to continue shooting.
In this photo is the front entrance to the Chateau on the first floor.
We’ll rise again. This is the second staircase that leads up to the third floor, possibly for servants. More ascetic. A couple of years ago, there was also a carpet, but now it has disappeared somewhere. By the way, much of what was in the past pictures – has sunk into oblivion. An old stove with beautiful patterns for metal now stood with torn off walls, and even destruction was added. But in general, even now it was very beautiful.
In general, in all rooms and rooms very beautiful design – gilded decorative details, moldings, beautiful wallpaper (old / antique?). And this is the balcony on the second floor. You can go out like this and go straight to the garden!
One of the most beautiful rooms, but incidentally one of the not the most lit – the living room on the first floor. Wood trim and a luxurious antique fireplace with a buffet.
Meanwhile, the noise on the third / fourth floor continued, and this was somewhat strained. There was no longer that relaxed state that was in the beginning. What is there, it would seem. And in fact – we are in the French wilderness, in a muddy town, in an abandoned castle, and next to someone hiding / rustling. It’s not that fun either 🙂
One of my favorite angles in this mansion is the view of the light well on the second floor. On the top is a part of the third floor.
The “pink” room is located on the other side of the living room in the corner of the building. Of remarkable – a lot of gilding, stucco, beautiful antique cloth wallpaper and two massive columns. Unfortunately, there is more destruction here than in other premises.
Almost all the halls have preserved beautiful old batteries. Photographing them was not easy, so I spread it, as it is.
On the second floor there are also two strange rooms that seem to have the functions of a bathroom. But now they are filled up with some rubbish. But attention immediately attracted a beautiful stained-glass window, a tile with flowers and a marble sink.
By the way, it is dark in this mansion in many respects because almost all the windows are covered with wooden shutters. There was certainly an option to walk them and everywhere to open, but I really did not want to scorch from the street. Once again, the interiors of the living room.
Next we wanted to go up to the third and fourth floors, but due to the circumstances of finding someone there, we had to quickly run through the third floor without photos, and on the fourth did not even go.
Then they looked at other photos to see what they had missed-namely, a beautiful bathroom on curved legs, supposedly a room with a sewing machine, an attic floor with a light well itself, some interiors and a cellar with a cart. Well, let’s, we were so pleased. Finally, I spread my favorite photo, which became the title for the reportage. The way through the looking-glass.
Summarize. The place is simply beautiful, one of the most beautiful and atmospheric locations that I’ve seen. However, inside someone was clearly, so one to climb inside is definitely not worth it. I hope you liked the Chateau Chateau as much as I do) In the future I also plan to travel around the abandoned German and Polish castles, but it will not be soon.