Abandoned Palaces

Abandoned Palaces

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Built to last, built to impress, built with style and grandeur - it is all the more remarkable when the most ostentatious of buildings fall into disrepair and become ruins. From imperial residences and aristocratic estates to hotels and urban mansions, Abandoned Palaces tells the stories behind dilapidated structures from all around the world.
From ancient Roman villas to the French colonial hill station in Cambodia that was one of the final refuges of the Khmer Rouge, the book charts the fascinating decline of what were once the homes and holiday resorts of the most wealthy. Ranging from crumbling hotels in the Catskill Mountains or in Mozambique to grand mansions in Taiwan, and from an unfinished Elizabethan summerhouse to a modern megalomaniac's estate too expensive ever to be completed, the reasons for the abandonment of these buildings include politics, bankruptcy, personal tragedies, natural and man-made disasters, as well as changing tastes and fashions.
With 150 outstanding colour photographs exploring more than 100 hauntingly beautiful locations, Abandoned Palaces is a brilliant and moving pictorial examination of worlds we have left behind.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 22.86mm | 1,366g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 photos; 150 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782748628
  • 9781782748625
  • 606,478

Table of contents


Sosneado Hot Springs Hotel, Mendoza, Argentina
Hotel del Salto, Santandercito, Colombia
Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, New York, USA
Igloo City, Alaska, USA
Bannerman Castle, New York State, USA
Boldt Castle, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, New York, United States
Hotel del Salto, San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia
Sans-Souci Palace, Haiti

Ebenfurth Castle, Wiener-Neustadt-Land, Austria
Chapel, Ladendorf Castle, Mistelbach, Austria
Chateau Miranda, Celles, Namur, Belgium
Chateau Lumiere, Sainte-Croixeau-Mines, Haut-Rhin, France
Prora, Rugen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
Sammezzano Castle, Leccio, Tuscany, Italy
Dona Chica's Castle, Palmeira, Braga, Portugal
Castle Saunderson, Belturbet, Cavan, Ireland
Seacliff House, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead, London

Ruzhany Palace, Pruzhany District, Belarus
Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Prince Smetsky's Palace, Gulripshi, Abkhazia
Sumskas Manor, Sumskas, Vilnius, Lithuania
Bozkow Palace, Klodzko County, Lower Silesia, Poland
Sobanski Palace, Guzow, Mazovia, Poland
Faberge Farmstead, Levashovo, St Petersburg, Russia
Vlakjkovac Castle, Vrsac, Vojvodina, Serbia
Pidhirtsi Palace, Pidhirtsi, Lviv, Ukraine

Berengo Palace, Bobangui, Central African Republic
Presidential Palace, Gbadolite, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Baron Empain's Palace, Cairo, Egypt
Saddam Hussein's Palace, Hilla, Babil Governorate, Iraq
Bechara el-Khoury Palace, Zuqaq al-blat, Beirut, Lebanon
Ducor Hotel, Monrovia, Liberia
Grande Hotel Beira, Beira, Sofala, Mozambique

Darul Aman Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan
Bokor Palace Hotel, Bokor, Kampot, Cambodia
Baz Bahadur's Palace, Mandav, Mandhya Pradesh, India
Bundi Palace, Hadoti, Rajasthan, India
Jahangir Mahal, Orchha, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
Ranighat Palace, Palpa, Province No. 5, Nepal
Tamluk Rajbari, Tamluk, Purba, Medinipur, West Bengal, India
Derelict Hotel, Hachijojima, Izu Islands, Japan
Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Kinta, Perak, Malaysia
King Narai's Palace, Lopburi, Thailand
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About Michael Kerrigan

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward's College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.
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