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Forgotten Grandeur by Matthias-Haker Forgotten Grandeur by Matthias-Haker
©Matthias Haker 2012
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:iconvanitasrocks:
This is definitely a nice shot. The lighting is really beautiful, plus your "subject" was a great choice. You captured just how opulent this place is. The angle here is very interesting as well. I'd like it if you could get just a little more of the staircase, but given how much you did get, I think you're fine. It's interesting how you can still see into the next room as well. Pictures of the interiors of these old mansions are becoming very common, but this one stood out greatly. I think it has a lot to do with how serene this picture is, you don't get a sense of hecticness or of it being a tourist trap. It's just calm and simple, which I think is also a good part of this pic. Great job!
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
cool
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
well done
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:iconstengchen:
stengchen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Hallo Matthias, wir waren gestern im Chateau und ich hab fast dasselbe Foto wie du gemacht, nun wurde ich von diesem MewRishu beschuldigt ich hätte dein Bild gestohlen, wie siehst du das???
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Luciferica Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are lucky to have such locations to explore, though places like this which still seem to have hope and beauty , I'm always hopeful someone will do something useful with them and make them beautiful again, not that they aren't beautiful in death, but perhaps there is a bit of Frankenstein in me where I want to see things live again, even if not as their former selves.
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:iconkiarasart:
KIARAsART Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
It does not even look abandoned
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:iconraiifun:
Raiifun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand why people want to just abandon beautiful places like this one o.o Fantastic picture, btw :)
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HobbyFotograf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wo ist diese villa, habe jetzt schon ein paar Bilder gesehen aber niergendwo steht wo sie sich befindet ...
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tricrossroadsoffate Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
was this beauty abandoned as well?
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:iconkapriize-klusee:
kapriize-klusee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
What was there? Villa o hotel? Maybe castle? I'm not going to find this place, I'm just so confused that such a wonderful building is forgotten and abandoned. I 'm not asking about location, I'm asking - what was there?
Such a mess, in my country there also are such a beautiful and historical places which are appreciated only by photographers and urban explorers. It's a bonus for explorers, give us shots and trips but what it gives for goverments? Like black holes. Long time ago there was a glory. There was a shiny live. But now these places are dreaming like Sleeping Princess. Waiting for kisses. So beautiful, so sad.
Lucky you! And lucky place. It looks very clean, very loved. Without vandalism.
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:iconjasmina-d:
Jasmina-D Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconbeeindreaming:
BeeInDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, gorgeous location. Thank you for sharing this. <3
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:iconmarmotica:
Marmotica Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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:iconpetersellersa1:
petersellersa1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
It is like an old grande dame stripped of her finery and jewels and exposing what she truly is and was. The photo tells a story of grandeur lost, memories are all that is left and most of those who would remember are dead. I have seen a lot of these type of old hallways in palaces long disused in middle Europe where royalty once graced the rooms with opulent furniture and entertainment. this photo speaks to my old soul.
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cityprincess01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   General Artist
fantastic shot!
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:iconklapouch:
klapouch Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Photographer
This work has been featured on #devPREMIUM's Architecture, Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol. 41!

Best regards!

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Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This almost looks like a public building instead of a private home. It either hasn't been deserted long, there is a caretaker, or this place was just plailn built to last.
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fuselfurz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
awesome! It's a miracle that it hadn't been vandalized yet. Even if we don't give informations about the locations, these stupid people always find a way to get there. It's a pity. Well allover very nice picture, lightning is perfect and the hall itself is amazing : D
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zoeylavender Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Where is this place? Is it a museum or a hotel? It is beautiful!!
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:iconartylus:
Artylus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I didn't read all comment so : As a sidenote to the critique, It ain't the next room, it's a mirror.
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Surreal-Photographic Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite.
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:iconpantherberry:
PantherBerry Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of the Titanic movie a bit... :0
It's very beautiful though. :)
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Jirosaburo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Really beautiful.
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txtaholic9 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Writer
I have definitely seen this photo before...on dA, I think. Is it possible you had another account or took this a while ago?
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:iconeon101:
Eon101 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
nice house, man
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:iconrollie-fola:
Rollie-Fola Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Perfect place for a zombie movie
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:iconvinyl8:
Vinyl8 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My future home will look like this! *o* I envy you, getting to go and visit these places!
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:iconkingdom-of-mythra:
Kingdom-of-Mythra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Wow! Gorgeous place!
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:iconandreasantoni:
Andreasantoni Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
:pepsi::community::devart::gallery: What such great attention to detail. What great estravigance from the neoclassical age. It is a shame that this enviroment has to go to waste.:gallery::devart::community::pepsi:
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely.
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:iconmultaekappae:
MultaeKappae Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Nice shot.
...am I the only one who immediately thought of Alexandria Castle from Final Fantasy IX?
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:iconbeeindreaming:
BeeInDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all, since that's part of the reason I love it so much. xD
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:iconconelyn:
conelyn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
amazing place! . where is it ?
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gInabr0wn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
wowwie!
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:iconindividualitya:
IndividualityA Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This is beautiful :D
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dal-designs Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous interior. What building is this in?
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:iconkomadoriii:
komadoriii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
That's the thing about urban exploration. You have to find out yourself :)
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dal-designs Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I read the link above, and I understand why illpadrino does not disclose their locations. I respect that.

There is precious little chance that I will make a trip to Europe anytime soon, unfortunately.
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gorillaz-2D-fan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is nice it reminds mre of the titanic :horns:
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TokioHotelRocker13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats exactly what i was thinking!!
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gorillaz-2D-fan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
init :horns:
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sonicthehedgiefan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
IKR! me too!
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:iconlothrian:
Lothrian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So glad to see this isn't labelled as another 'abandoned' building. It is truly tragic how many wonderful structures are falling into utter ruin across the Western world (even if they do make excellent pictures). Love this shot: beautiful colours and geometry - and no tugging at the heartstrings (even if the building is disused)
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laydeepunch Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Where the hell is this!? Such a gorgeous building- it hurts to see all that damp on the ceiling and the cracked marble. Really nicely shot- it's a sort of proud desperation that you've managed to capture. Awesome work!
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Croix-de-Trefle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perfection!
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Sashay007 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it looks like hogwarts, beautiful! :)
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Skia713 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's a real shame that more of developers and hoteliers in the world don't wake up to the value and quality of places like this. Getting one of these places before it needs extensive renovations would make the cost of conversion from a private home to a hotel or spa trivial compared to the cost of building from scratch. These places have so much more beauty, elegance and charm than any of the modern eyesores that are being built!
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Matthias-Haker Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
I guess in general, it's not always that easy. There are certain factors that make the buildings not very atractive for investors. Usually, those buldings are listed, that makes renovation difficult and much more expensive and you often can't apply changes that would be fundamental for a modern business. Often, they are located in rather remote areas where it is tough to establish a business that pays off. And sometimes, they just belong to people who are not willing to sell them or ask for ridiculous prices.
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This isn't really a photograph, is it.
Isn't it part of that digital restoration project for the digital tour application?
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:iconmatthias-haker:
Matthias-Haker Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
No, it is a real photograph ;)
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