Miranda Castle, or Chateau Miranda, was commissioned by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family in 1866. The family sought a famed English architect to design the home for them while living in a farmhouse in Celles, Belgium after fleeing the French revolution. It would stay in the hands of the family until World War II, when it fell into the hands of the National Railroad Company of Belgium. At the war’s conclusion, it became known as ‘Chateau de Noisy,’ as it served as a children’s home until 1980.
It has been abandoned since 1991, but has become a favorite among European urban explorers. There they can traverse through the many rooms – that still have floors – see the chalkboard where children once practiced their school lessons, or sit on the front lawn that once was sight to a castle beyond words, but is now eerie beyond belief.
If you’d like to explore the castle for yourself, move quick – it’s slated to be demolished this year.
The Beijing Olympics in 2008 were used as a coming out party for China. A chance to show the world, with all their eyes on it, that they had arrived. Billions were spent (40 billion, to be exact) in preparation for the games. Thousands of hours were spent by the Chinese people memorizing intricate, organized choreography to show the unity and strength of their people.
In many ways, the Chinese government got what it wanted. Viewers around the world were witness to some of the most remarkable ceremonies and beautiful venues ever seen on the Olympic stage. But with time, it seems all this has been forgotten by the world – and the Chinese are no exception. What were once testaments to the country’s emergence on the world stage, has now become a reminder that perhaps they still have much progress to make.
Below are before and after pictures of some of the more notable venues from the games.
The Bird’s Nest
Site of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events, it is now sits as a costly relic. Below, workers collect trash from the water.
The following video contains one man’s gold paint huffer mugshots shot over 14 years. Inhaling, “or huffing,” paint causes hearing loss and severe brain damage. Offenders are often found with their mouths and nose covered in silver or gold paint, as these colors produce a much stronger, and also more toxic, high for the user. Nearly 70% of first time users are under 18.
In the following photos, is the sad journey through mug shots of one addicted man over 14 years. In some early photos he appears relatively normal, but it does not take long before his slide takes hold. Many of the arrest photos are separated by just one day. We have a selection of the pictures here, you can see them all in the video below. The photos span 14 years, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2009.