Millions of mansions have been built by the wealthy over the ages all around the world.
While some of these mansions are still in use today, others have fallen into disrepair and ruin due to the changing nature of the times. There are many reasons behind these mansions being abandoned ranging from lost fortunes to war.
However, despite these mansions being in ruins, these great houses are still the subject of fascination as they often come with some great backstories and legends.
So today, we take a look at the top 10 abandoned mansions in the world.
#1 Pidhirtsi Castle, Ukraine
Constructed between 1635 and 1640, the Pidhirtsi Castle was once very luxurious and elegant. However, its lavish interior was demolished by the Russians during the First World War.
The castle’s valuable decorations were all stripped in 1939 by Prince Roman Sanguszko, who took them to Brazil. After the Second World War, the castle was converted into a Tuberculosis sanatorium. In 1956 the castle caught fire and burned for weeks, destroying most of its interiors.
The castle is now abandoned, though The Lviv Gallery of Arts is trying to restore the building.
#2 Abandoned Mansion in Auvergne, France
Although the origins and history of this mansion are unknown, it is believed that this great house once belonged to a prosperous family. This mansion is surrounded by other crumbling structures.
#3 Château Miranda or Château de Noisy, Celles, Belgium
Built in 1866 by an English architect for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, this mansion was in use until the Second World War. After the Great War, the mansion was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium. However, it has been abandoned since 1991.
#4 Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York
Originally erected in 1890 to serve as a luxury hotel, the Halcyon Hall was shut down in 1901 due to unknown reasons. It was then converted into the Bennett School for Girls. The school lasted until 1978 after which it was shut down.
#5 Kasteel van Mesen, Lede, Belgium
Built in 1628, the Kasteel van Mesen served as the residence of 15th-century Belgian aristocrats. Since then this magnificent structure has served as a gin distillery, a tobacco factory and a boarding school for girls. The building was abandoned in 1971 after the school closed down following the ban of French education in Flemish regions.
#6 Lillesden Estate Mansion
Built between 1853 and 1855 by a banker named Edward Lloyd, the Lillesden Estate Mansion was sold and became a public school for girls after the Second World War. After the school was closed in 1999, the building has been abandoned.
#7 Bannerman Castle, Bannerman Island, New York
The Bannerman Castle was built in 1900 by Scottish immigrant Francis Bannerman after he purchased the whole island. After Bannerman died in 1918, a part of the structure was destroyed by the explosion of 200 tonnes of ammunition shells and powder.
In 1969, the Bannerman Castle was furthered destroyed by a fire. The whole island has been abandoned since.
#8 Shandon House, Scotland
Designed in 19th century Scottish Baronial architecture, the Shandon House was built by William Jamieson in 1849. The school was later used as a school and he purchased by the UK Ministry of Defence. The mansion is currently in ruin following years of neglect. It is understood that the UK Ministry of Defence has put up the structure for sale again.
#9 Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Sutton Scarsdale, England
Commissioned in 1724, the Sutton Scarsdale Hall was owned by the Arkwright family for almost a century. In 1919, a group of local businessmen auctioned the assets of the building, selling all the grand internal fittings to the highest bidder. The abandoned building is managed by English Heritage.
#10 Wyndcliffe: Derelict Mansion, Rhinebeck, New York
The Derelict Mansion was constructed in 1853 for Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones. It was later owned by New York beer baron Andrew Finck. It has been abandoned since 1950.