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    Default Kasteel van Mesen, Lede, Belgium 2007


    Kasteel van Mesen is one of those amazing sites that you can see online, and instantly want to go there. It took 3 years to finally plan a trip over the water, and when we did (summer 2007), Kasteel van Mesen was our first stop.

    The site has been occupied in a number of shapes and forms since the 16th century, but the final stage of building work, including the grand chapel were added as late as 1905. The building is believed to have had many different uses, the most recent being a school. The site was abandoned in the late 1970's, and as a result they are in a dire condition - but somehow still retain much of their former grandeur.

    A very enjoyable explore, my only regrets were not seeing the theatre as our visit was cut short by locals calling us in Belgianese :).

    Visited with Jaff Fox and Valan.

    Let the photos take it from here!



















































































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    Well captured Mr. B, I look forward to seeing it for myself. ;)

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    Lovely! Was this an Asylum/Sanatorium or something? It looks awesome if a bit decayed, how long has it been closed?
    Great work :)

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    Final use as a school, closed in the late 1970's
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    Ah wow, an ornate school that is :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post
    ...when we did (summer 2007)...
    I remember seeing these pics! What took you so long? ;)

    Such a fantastic place! Even as it gets more and more derelict, it still keeps it's charm.
    Lovely photos, Mr B, and thanks for posting them...at last! :p:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    I remember seeing these pics! What took you so long? ;)

    Such a fantastic place! Even as it gets more and more derelict, it still keeps it's charm.
    Lovely photos, Mr B, and thanks for posting them...at last! :p:)
    Hi Foxy,

    At the time, I just put a general 'Belgium 2007' report up, which included pictures from here. I thought this place warranted its own report ;).

    Glad you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post
    ...At the time, I just put a general 'Belgium 2007' report up, which included pictures from here...
    Ah, that explains it! I'd forgotten about the Belgium report!

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post
    ...I thought this place warranted its own report...
    Certainly does and glad you did. :)
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    Whoa that place is fantastic I wish there was a panoramic pic of the exterior without the tree so you could see the true magnitude of the place :)

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    Wow that is a really nice building, but such a pity its returning back to nature, looks rather like Castle Duckula
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