Even As They Crumble, There Is Beauty In The Abandoned Villas Of Europe

DNU abandoned villa

Photo: Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion

Parisian photographer Thomas Jorion has made a career of shooting urban ruins and condemned buildings, exploring environments as they decay.For a recent gallery series, Forgotten Palaces, he explored abandoned villas and castles in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Once grand, these buildings are now forgotten shells.

Jorion’s photos are at once sad and beautiful. He’s been kind enough to share some photos from the recent series with us—see more of his work on his website.

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Switzerland, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2009

Hotel, Italy, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2009

Villa, Switzerland, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2011

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2009

Castle, Germany 2010

Villa, Italy, 2010

Villa, Italy, 2009

Villa, Italy, 2009

This abandoned building won't be around much longer.

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