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By Josh Saunder


An urban explorer has revealed the forgotten fairy-tale castle left to decay.

Bob Thissen, 33, visited the secluded spot in the north-east of France, that was believed to have been abandoned for up to a year.

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Many of the once noble site’s ceilings have fallen, water damage is rife among the attic and the floors littered with rubbish, unwanted belonging and debris.

Built in 1987, Bob believes the castle had to be left when it became too dangerous for the owner to live it.

He discovered skulls with ornate jewellery wrapped around it, large taxidermy pieces from an outspread bird to a boar’s head, deer and more.

The location, which had remained with its most recent owner since 1973, stands like a time-capsule to the old world much of its belonging originate from.

Expansive ceilings with hang with chandeliers, hand-carved chairs from a bygone time sit gathering dust and numerous religious statues remain caught in time.

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Bob from Heerlen, The Netherlands, compared the site to a ‘fairy-tale castle’ enchanted by its wondrous belongings amid decay.

He said: “It has its charm as a hidden, forgotten gem.

“It has been abandoned for around 6-12 months only, but it looks like it was abandoned for many years

“The castle looked really nice, with a lot of wooden decoration  and big fireplaces.

“All rooms were really great with nice ceilings, walls, stuffed animals and a lot of items, furniture and antiques.

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“It’s a shame all the antique is still inside. The castle is a time bomb and soon the furniture/antique will be buried under the collapsed floors.

“The building is in a very bad shape. A lot of floors collapsed already and the rest will follow soon, there are spiderwebs everywhere.

“The elderly owner had to move out because the castle became too dangerous.

“It’s crazy someone had to live in this dangerous place and it’s a shame such a nice building has degraded so badly while it’s in the middle of a village.

“It’s an example of the impoverishment of the nobility.”