The Mesen Castle

The Mesen Castle in Lede, Belgium

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The Mesen castle is named after the last owner of the property, The Royal Hospice of Mesen. The hospice was founded in and on top of the ruins of the institute of Mesen. The property dates back to the 10th century. This impressive neo-gothic building was nominated in 1979 as protected monument, but due to procedural errors, it lost it's protective state.

Sadly the state this building is in is quite common in Belgium. The country is an urban explorers dream. Needless to say, it is not allowed to enter the premises, due to extreme danger of collapsing floors and falling rocks. It took me a while to gather the nerve to step in. Along with the excitement of sneaking in a dangerous building came sadness and fantasies of how beautiful it must have been. As it turns out, I must have been one of the last persons to shoot photo's on this spot. Half of the castle was planned for demolition 2 days later, with the rest to be followed in only a few weeks.

A monument with a history of over 1000 years. Killed in 10 years, but not entirely forgotten..

Rubble Nature fighting its way in Road blocked
Shades of red Trees growing on top of the bricks Dare we step in?
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