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14 haunting photos of abandoned palaces and castles around the world

Business Insider Logo By tborden@businessinsider.com (Taylor Borden) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 15: Even once-opulent structures can deteriorate. These palatial estates were abandoned and now sit in varying states of decay for reasons ranging from natural disasters to rumored hauntings.Photos of these crumbling palaces and castles around the world give a peak into yesteryear's high society lifestyle.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.These palaces and castles were originally the lavish homes of rulers or the dreamlike creations of aristocrats or business titans who fashioned themselves after royalty. They were considered to be the height of luxury when they were built.Now, they are dilapidated and crumbling.Some of these palaces have now been restored and even serve as wedding venues. Others, however, have remained untouched for years — reduced to a creepy spot to snap an Instagram photo.Keep reading for a closer look at 14 abandoned palaces around the world.Read the original article on Business Insider

14 haunting photos of abandoned palaces and castles around the world

  • Even once-opulent structures can deteriorate. 
  • These palatial estates were abandoned and now sit in varying states of decay for reasons ranging from natural disasters to rumored hauntings.
  • Photos of these crumbling palaces and castles around the world give a peak into yesteryear's high society lifestyle.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

These palaces and castles were originally the lavish homes of rulers or the dreamlike creations of aristocrats or business titans who fashioned themselves after royalty. They were considered to be the height of luxury when they were built.

Now, they are dilapidated and crumbling.

Some of these palaces have now been restored and even serve as wedding venues. Others, however, have remained untouched for years — reduced to a creepy spot to snap an Instagram photo.

Keep reading for a closer look at 14 abandoned palaces around the world.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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