Abandoned Grandeur...Chateau de Miranda, Belgium (Also known as Chateau de Noisy)

During the French Revolution, the Count of Liedekerke-Beaufort left his feudal castle of Vèves, fleeing to his nearby farm. The Count expanded the farm until 1866, when the English architect Milner designed the castle we known as Chateau de Miranda. Originally used as summer home, after WWII it sold to the Belgian Railway, serving as a resort for children of employees & later, as a private girls' school. Eventually abandoned in 1991, only a glimpse of its former splendor remains...


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Abandoned Grandeur...Chateau de Miranda, Belgium (Also known as Chateau de Noisy)

Abandoned Grandeur...Chateau de Miranda, Belgium (Also known as Chateau de Noisy)

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Exterior area of stables, vaulted ceilings even here. Incredible workmanship...

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Covered in green...

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Spires...

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Portico, main (front) entrance, directly underneath the clock tower. Through the wooden doors is the grand entry hall.

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Early postcard of Chateau de Miranda. (later called Chateau de Noisy)

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Rear view of chateau...much earlier.

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Then (approx. 1950) and now...

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Then and now...(unknown date)

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The clock tower...an incredible shot against a bright blue sky.

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Upper floor, again, the incredibly symmetrical arches...

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An upper room, with access to an exterior balcony.

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Arched doorway separating the park from the castle's dependencies, stables etc. I believe this is the same entry as featured in the (much earlier) photograph with the children...

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The former stables...imagine them in their glory.

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Rear view of the castle on a postcard Rear of Chateau de Miranda, then (1902) prior to construction of the main (clock) tower, & now. Also note the addition of the fire escapes, likely added when the Belgium Railway used the chateau as a type of country resort for children of their employees.

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Then and now...

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Overlooking the back lawn of the chateau, the feudal castle of --------, belonging to the same family, can be seen in the distance. Many of the ornate furnishings of Chateau Miranda have been relocated to the family's other European properties.

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Rooftops...

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Incredible architectural detail...knight, dragon & lion. Possibly from the family's coat of arms?

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Roof fire...

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Ceiling construction...

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Broken dreams...

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Ruins of the stables...

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Tower stairway...note the architectural detail on each side of the arched doorway.

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Architectural detail...

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Architectural detail...

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