The abandoned Monkeys castle

The abandoned Monkeys castle

 

Photos by Erwan Gavelle

 

The abandoned hotel lost in the woods

The abandoned hotel lost in the woods

 

Photos by Pierre Bourgault

 

The abandoned boys institute

The abandoned boys institute

 

Photos by Kendrah Eff

 

The abandoned castle of Noisy

The abandoned castle of Noisy

 

Photos by Erwan Gavelle

 

Rurex - Rural exploration

Rurex : Word created from rural and exploration words. Exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment.

Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespass onto private property

Urbex Playground offers pictures from urban and rural exploration.

Monkeys castle

The abandoned Monkeys castle

Haute-Normandie, (France)

Listed historical monument, the Monkeys castle is a beautiful mansion built in the seventeenth century. Its name comes from the frescoes on the walls that depict monkeys. It is also known as the Madness Castle and  the Bettor Castle. Located in a...

The abandoned hotel lost in the woods

The abandoned hotel lost in the woods

Located in the north eastern state of the United States, miles away from any village, this old hotel is in poor shape today. Even with a full floor collapsed, its structure has kept its old world charm. Nevertheless, the slightest gust of wind...

The abandoned castle of Noisy

The abandoned castle of Noisy

Celles, (Belgium)

Located in the town of Celles, in the Namur area in Belgium, the  Miranda castle (or Noisy) is unquestionably one of the most famous Belgian places for urbexers . Built in 1907 (the work has began in 1866), the castle is owned by the Comte...

The almost abandoned Beaver Creek Free Methodist church

The almost abandoned Beaver Creek Free Methodist church

Built in 1895, the Beaver Creek Free Methodist Church is almost abandoned. Even if the church is actually still in use a few weeks of the year, the place is abandoned for the rest of the year.

Desolate and alone, it stands in perfect...

The abandoned boys institute

The abandoned boys institute

Cecil County, Maryland (United States)

Located at the north of Baltimore, this Beaux-Arts influenced Gregorian Revival style by N.Y. architects Boring and Tilton buildings was one of the oldest school of Maryland before its closure in the 90s. The 330 acre campus is constituted of...

The Park lane café

The old and abandoned cannery

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (Canada)

The place is big, very big. While the building is nearly 200,000 square feet, the site, meanwhile, is over than 430,000 square feet in an agricultural area of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. For those interested, the site is for sale and the current...

The abandoned church of Shrewsbury

The abandoned church of Shrewsbury

Gore, Quebec (Canada)

Update (2014-01-14): The Municipality of Gore is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the fire that burned down Shrewsbury Church, on January 13, 2014. Anyone with...

The abandoned Laurentian military base

The abandoned Laurentian military base

Saint-Adolphe d'Howard, Quebec (Canada)

Closed in 1987, the former Canadian military base located in St-Adolphe-d'Howard began its operations in 1950. Its mission: monitor the airspace in southwestern Quebec and northeastern Ontario. True vestige of the Cold War between the Western...

The abandoned Kingston Speedway

The abandoned Kingston Speedway

Kingston, Ontario (Canada)

Built by Rod Cutway in 1951, the Kingston Speedway didn't had any lights and no grandstands when the track first opened.  The first race was held in the fall of 1951, and Tony Blake won the race. Sold two years later, the new owners will erected...

The abandoned leisure park

The abandoned leisure park

Bretagne, (France)

Unknown by the urbexers, this leisure park, also a zoo, is located somewhere in Brittany on a small rural road. Created in the early 1990s, this attraction has unfortunately closed its doors ten years later following a judicial liquidation....

Belchite, a remnant of the Spanish Civil War

Belchite, a remnant of the Spanish Civil War

Belchite, (Spain)

We are in September 1937 in the small village of Belchite located about 50 kilometers from Zaragoza. The Spanish Civil War has been raging for a year already and thousands of Spaniards died. By the end of the conflict in April 1939, they will be...

Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça : fortress Our Lady of Grace

Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça : fortress Our Lady of Grace

Elvas, (Portugal)

Located in the parish of Alcazaba about one kilometer from the town of Elvas in Portugal, the fortress Our Lady of Grace, better known by the Portuguese as the Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça or Forte Conde de Lippe, this is a imposing building...

Former coastal patrols, convoy protection and submarine hunting

Former coastal patrols and submarine hunting

Saint-Hubert, Quebec (Canada)

Conceived in the mid-30s, the Catalina is a seaplane and a patrol bomber, created by the U.S. company Consolidated. More than 4,000 copies were built in United States, but also in Canada and in USSR. In Canada, they were built by Canadian Vickers...

The former Abbey of Our-Lady-of-Good-Council

The former Abbey of Our-Lady-of-Good-Council

Saint-Romual, Quebec (Canada)

Abandoned since 2002, the huge complex that has formed the abbay of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil in Saint-Romuald is now completely destroyed. Vandalized and burned several times, its owner, the Ultramar refinery, had no choice and have razed the...

Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion

Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion

Rhinebeck, New York (United States)

Wyndcliffe is the ruin of a historic mansion near Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York. The records at the Library of Congress state that the brick mansion was originally named Rhinecliff and Constructed in 1853 in the Norman style. The design...

The ruins of an old mill

The ruins of an old mill

Lanaudière, Quebec (Canada)

Following the genocide of the Acadians people by the British Army, some Acadian families settled in L'Assomption  after an exhausting 11 years exile in New England. They settled on an area of ​​16,045 acres in 1766. Emerge two parishes: Saint-...

Northern View

Francon quarry: a crater of greenery in the heart of Montreal

Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Used as a snow dump, the site of the former Francon quarry (now known as the Saint-Michel quarry) looks like a huge crater of greenery in the heart of Montreal. This area covers approximately 20% (17% to be exact) of the district of Saint-Michel...

The Purple rain

The Madeleine islands

The Madeleine islands, Quebec (Canada)

The Madeleine islands are an eleven islands archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. While most are interconnected by bridges or dams, some are isolated and far away from the main land.

The islands are known for their...

The abandoned fisherman's house

Prince Edward Island, promised land for rurex

Prince-Edouard-Island, Prince Edward Island (Canada)

It was supposed to be a quiet family trip. Destination: the province of Prince Edward Island and the Madeleine islands, a small archipelago consisting of a half-dozen of islands interconnected by bridges and roads. For readers outside of Canada,...

The Hudson River State psychiatric hospital

The Hudson River State psychiatric hospital

Poughkeepsie, New York (United States)

Closed in 2003 and now abandoned, the Hudson River State Hospital is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873. Designated a National Historic Landmark due to its exemplary High Victorian Gothic architecture, the first...

The abandoned loyalist mansion

The abandoned loyalist mansion

Eastern Townships, Quebec (Canada)

Located in the Eastern Townships, this loyalist manor house with its chic style reminiscent of the homes in New England. It seems abandoned for quite some time, although it is remarkably well preserved. There has been some vandalism in the rooms...

The abandoned house of the old Ukrainian hermit

The abandoned house of the old Ukrainian hermit

Montérégie, Quebec (Canada)

It had already been a while since I dreamed of go to this house. Not that it showed a great interest from the street, but because it was so far away from the street that I saw this beauty more misterious than the others. In short, we courted each...

The Mascouche seigniorial mansion

The Mascouche seigniorial mansion, the last vestige of a bygone era

Mascouche, Quebec (Canada)

Jewel of Quebec's heritage, the seigniorial manor was built in 1795. Expanded several times over the years, it was used for many purposes. From 1967 to 2000 it was used as a high school and later, provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec,...

Old abandoned gym in the Dorea Institute

The abandoned Dorea Institute, a tribute to horror

Franklin, Quebec (Canada)

Located in Franklin at southwest of Montreal, the history of the former Dorea Institute, now abandoned, is told by small flange. Not that his story is borrowing with horrors (whatever ...), but it is rather difficult to find accurate information...

Old abandoned barn

Rural beauties and other farm buildings

Montérégie, Quebec (Canada)

Regions are getting empty. Everybody knows, everybody says so. Farms are becoming larger and they become (over) specialized. At the last century they were self-sufficient and beyond culture, they had cows, pigs, chickens and more. Today, this is...