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This Abandoned Castle is a Gothic Horror Movie Waiting to Happen

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Designed by British architect Milner in 1866, Castle Miranda became the opulent home to a wealthy French family in the Belgian village of Celles. Sadly, today it lies in ruins... but amazing ruins.

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Photo © David Herreman via Flickr

After World War II, the castle became the residence for children of Belgian railway workers, and it remained open as a children's home until 1991. From that point, the castle's condition quickly deteriorated; with no one in charge of its upkeep, the once palatial estate fell victim to the elements and vandals, including some with a macabre sense of humor, who “accented” some of the rooms with creepy mannequins and dolls... as if the place weren't creepy enough already.

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Despite its many structural dangers – including collapsing stairways and ceilings – Castle Miranda remains one of the most popular destinations for urban explorers and photographers, and we can definitely see why.

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Photo: P.J.L Laurens/Wikimedia Commons

We're also wondering why someone hasn't pounced on the opportunity to use the castle as a filming location for a haunted house flick – seriously, it looks ready to shoot, no set dressing needed. This crumbling staircase even calls to mind Bela Lugosi's legendary entrance in Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula.

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Photo © David Herreman via Flickr

You can see more amazing photos of the castle at urban exploration blog Environmental Graffiti.

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