The National Digest

‘Abandoned Palaces’: New Book Explores Their Special Allure

Building wrecks come in all shapes and sizes, but when a palace falls apart, it tends to attract a greater level of fascination.

That’s the premise behind a new book, “Abandoned Palaces,” which examines some of the most striking ruined chateaus, mansions and palazzi around the world.
Among them are the homes of kings, military commanders, dictators, business magnates — some destroyed by fire or natural disaster, others left to crumble after their occupants fell from grace.

The author, historian Micheal Kerrigan, says his fascination with forgotten places began in childhood when his playground was a derelict rail yard behind his house in Liverpool, England.


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