All over the world there lies beautiful, abandoned mansions that have stood the test of time. Most of these abandoned structures have rich histories that have to do with love, loss, heartbreak, and all sorts of very real things. By the time they are abandoned, many of the spooky mansions are thought to be haunted, cursed, or too dangerous to live in.
Superstition goes a long way with people. Never mind the structural issues that a dilapidated, 200-year-old mansion might have—it is usually the ghost stories and hauntings that keep people out of these places. But if you’re ever lucky enough to tour one of these amazing buildings, or even look at one from afar, it’s highly recommended that you do so. Abandoned mansions all over the world are getting demolished and torn down every year, so you might not have forever to check out these creepy places.
Here are 20 pictures of abandoned, beautiful mansions.
20 The Liu Family Mansion Of Taiwan
The Liu Family Mansion, also known as the Minxhiong Ghost House, was built in 1929 for a businessman and his large family of eight. The family abandoned the mansion in the 1950s for unknown reasons, but there are many rumors. One such rumor claims that the family’s maid, lovesick for the family’s patriarch, drowned herself in the well and brought bad luck to anyone who lives in the house.
19 The Chateau Miranda Of Belgium
The Chateau Miranda, or Chateau de Noisy, was built in 1866 for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. It’s a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle that stands in Celles, Belgium— home to a family who relocated during the French Revolution. During WWII, it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium, who used it to house orphaned children until 1980. The castle has been abandoned since then, with the family refusing any renovations or help.
18 The Cambusnethan House Of Scotland
The Cambusnethan House was built in 1820 in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, for the Lockhart family of Castlehill. It was built with their family crest carved over the entry, with interesting symbols to represent the name: a casket, heart, and lock. The story goes that the Lockhart ancestors carried the heart of the King of Scots, Robert the Bruce, back from the Holy Land. While most Gothic revival houses were demolished in the 1950s-60s, this one remains, but has been abandoned since 1984.
17 The Jukuiju Of Taiwan
Another mansion in Taiwan, the Jukuiju was built in 1920 in the area of Taichung. The history of the house is debated: some say it once belonged to successful poet Chen Ruoshi, others say it belonged to a wealthy businessman named Chen Shaozong. When Shaozong passed away without a will, it was bought by a man named Liu, and since Liu’s death it’s been passed down to his heirs but remains abandoned. The mansion is a mixture of beautiful Taiwanese and Japanese colonial-era architecture.
16 The Villa De Vecchi Of Italy
Built in the mountains of Lake Como, Italy, this mansion was home to world-traveling soldier and nobleman, Felix de Vecchi. Just before his home was complete, his hired architect, Alessandro Sidoli died and seemingly sparked a curse on the property. Later, Count de Vecchi came home to find his wife deceased and his daughter missing, and after a fruitless search, he took his life. The villa was passed to his brother, but was eventually abandoned after the 1940s.
15 The Muromtzevo Mansion Of Russia
The Muromtzevo mansion was built by Russian architect P.S. Boitzov, who also built other French-style medieval castles in the 19th century. This one is definitely the most spectacular and renowned of his works, however, as it looks like it was taken from a fairy tale, thanks to the structure and natural surroundings. Its story goes that a French nobleman told a Russian nobleman that if he could build a castle as grand as the ones in France, he’d come to Russian himself to check it out…
14 The Pidhirtsi Castle Of Ukraine
The Pidhirsti Castle of Ukraine was constructed between 1635 and 1640. During WWI, Russian soldiers removed most of its lavish interior, and later on the current owner/prince, Roman Sanguszko took some of the inner furnishings to Brazil. In WWII, it was used as a Soviet tuberculosis hospital, but it eventually caught fire and was stripped of its former glory. Even so, it still stands to this day, eerie and abandoned.
13 The Sutton Scarsdale Hall Of England
The impressive Sutton Scarsdale Hall is still glorious even as a shadow of its former self. It was once one of the most lavish homes in Derbyshire, commissioned in 1724 and owned by the Arkwright family for almost 100 years. In 1919, a group of local businessmen asset-stripped the building, selling most of its lavish interior. The ruin is now managed by English Heritage, and some of its treasures have been relocated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
12 The Callert House Of Scotland
This Georgian Mansion called the Callert House was built on the shores of Loch Leven in Scotland, but its been abandoned since the 1940s. It was built for Sir Duncan Cameron of Fassifern in the 1830s, to replace a previous structure that had burned down. Reports of hauntings persist in the area, including a mysterious ball of fire that seemingly starts at the Callert House and vanishes into Loch Leven. For those reasons, it’s been unoccupied for quite some time.
11 The Ruins At Talisay Of The Philippines
Simply known as “The Ruins,” the skeletal remains of this amazing structure in the Philippines was once the home to a young sugar baron named Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson. Located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, it was reportedly lit on fire by US forces during WWII to prevent the Japanese from using it as a headquarters. It dates back to the early 1900s and is beautifully preserved, attracting tourists from all over the world.
10 The Halcyon Hall Of New York
The eerie Halcyon Hall was built as a luxury hotel in 1890, but closed in 1901. The Hall was given a second life when it opened as the Bennett School for Girls, which made it home to prominent families in New York, and to school students. With the rise of co-educational schooling, however, the Bennett didn’t thrive and ended up going bankrupt and shuttering in 1978.
9 The Kasteel Van Mesen Of Belgium
The incredibly old Kasteel van Mesen, located in Lede, Belgium, was built in 1628. The nearly 500-year-old building was a castle, then a gin distillery, a tobacco factory, and after WWI it became a boarding school for girls, financed by the Belgium aristocracy. After 1971, French education was banned in Flemish regions and the school ceased activities. The building was abandoned and finally demolished in 2010.
8 The Lillesden Estate Of The UK
Coming up as our third abandoned mansion that was once a school for girls, the Lillesden Estate Manion was built between 1853 and 1855 by a banked named Edward Lloyd. After WWI, it was sold and became a public school for girls, taking on the name of The Lillesden (or Bedgebury) School for Girls. It closed its doors in 1999, unable to continue on, and the building has been abandoned ever since, though it’s remained standing.
7 The Bannerman Castle Of New York
An island along the Hudson River was purchased by Scottish immigrant Francis Bannerman in 1900, who built a castle to advertise his military surplus business. Two years after his passing in 1918, 200 tons of ammo shells and powder exploded, destroying much of the structure. In 1969, a fire further destroyed the floors and roof, and it’s been uninhabited since 1950, after the only ferryboat that serviced the island sank in a storm. It’s considered cursed, of course, and, in 2009, a third of the remaining structure collapsed.
6 The Palace Of Prince Said Halim Of Egypt
This giant, lavish residence was designed by Antonio Lasciac in 1899, for Prince Said Halim, in Cairo, Egypt. It’s been wrongly called the Champollion House by some. The massive palace was once converted into one of the best secondary schools for boys (Al-Nassiriyah) in the country. It has been abandoned since 2004, though there are various tales explaining why it was abandoned in the first place.
5 The Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Mansion Of Russia
We couldn’t find much on the abandoned Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo mansion in Moscow, other than to say that it’s an eerily beautiful piece of architecture that has stood the test of time, despite it being abandoned. The main entrance has circular staircases that go into another amazing staircase with sculptures hanging over it, and it’s really in a picturesque location, too.
4 The Carleton Villa Of New York
The Carleton Villa is located on an island in upstate New York’s St. Lawrence River, simply called the Carleton Island. The structure was built in 1894 for William Wyckoff, who made a fortune selling Remington typewriters. But after William’s wife passed away from cancer a month before moving into the house, he succumbed to a heart attack on the first night in his new home. The villa was passed down to his son but abandoned because of the painful memories, and it’s been deteriorating for over six decades since.
3 The Selma Plantation Mansion Of Virginia
The Selma Plantation Mansion is a 204-year-old mansion located in Loudoun County, Virginia, originally built in 1815 by Armistead Thomson Mason. It was listed on Virginia’s “Most Endangered” buildings list in 2009, though it’s been vacant for much longer. In 2016, a rebirth came for the Selma Mansion when it was bought by Sharon D. Virts and Scott F. Miller, who began a multi-year restoration project on it.
2 The Dundas Castle Of New York
The beautiful Dundas Castle of New York (not of Scotland, of which there’s a castle by the same name) was built between 1915 and 1924 in Roscoe, New York. It was modeled after the Scottish castle of the same name, and it’s also known as the “Craig-E-Clare.” It started as a summer lodge, then became a Masonic retreat, and was finally abandoned. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
1 The Mudhouse Mansion Of Ohio
The Mudhouse Mansion of Ohio was built sometime between 1840 to 1900, and many families have inhabited it. There are lots of spooky stories surrounding the mansion’s genesis, such as one tale claiming that a government official used the Mudhouse to hide his slaves after the Civil War. When a captive escaped, the owner slaughtered the entire family. It’s even known as the original home the infamous Bloody Mary, who haunts the halls where her children were slain.
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