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I Explored This Abandoned French Castle Before It Was Burned To The Ground
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I Explored This Abandoned French Castle Before It Was Burned To The Ground

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My name is Romain Thiery and I am a professional photographer specializing in abandoned pianos photography in Europe.

While searching for abandoned pianos, I was lucky enough to photograph a castle in France which has been abandoned for several years―Château de Le Quesnel.

This 18th-century castle of more than 700m2 was used by the Germans during the two World Wars and, despite major post-war restoration work, it remained uninhabited.

In 2018, a huge fire destroyed the entire building. Here you will find photos that I took before it burned down.

More info: romainthiery.fr | Instagram

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Romain Thiery, born in Bergerac in 1988, is an artist photographer and amateur pianist living and working near Montpellier, France. Romain Thiery believes that the piano is deeply rooted in the depths of our culture, and has sought́ to explore the instrument from an original angle. He made it his mission to combine his two greatest passions and set out to find buildings where old pianos are left to decay. Since 2014, he has discovered more than a hundred pianos around the world, in as many places of stunning beautý. Scenes from which he never changes anything, leaving the place as it is. "Even in the midst of a degraded space, the piano never ceases to retain its power. It is there, it thrones with all its nobility". The series resulting from his works is entitled Requiem for Pianos and has made his famé take off internationally. In recent years, he has woń major international photography awards in various competitions. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen in North America, Europe and Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals in New York, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Madrid, Tel Aviv and many others. The most prestigious press titles have alreadỳ praised or covered his work in their pages such as El País, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Lonely Planet, Cultura Inquieta, Point de vue, Esquire, Beijing News... and in TV reports on M6 (France), DW (Germany), Channel Cuatro (Spain), TV5 Monde (France) and I24 News (France and Israel).

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Romain Thiery, born in Bergerac in 1988, is an artist photographer and amateur pianist living and working near Montpellier, France. Romain Thiery believes that the piano is deeply rooted in the depths of our culture, and has sought́ to explore the instrument from an original angle. He made it his mission to combine his two greatest passions and set out to find buildings where old pianos are left to decay. Since 2014, he has discovered more than a hundred pianos around the world, in as many places of stunning beautý. Scenes from which he never changes anything, leaving the place as it is. "Even in the midst of a degraded space, the piano never ceases to retain its power. It is there, it thrones with all its nobility". The series resulting from his works is entitled Requiem for Pianos and has made his famé take off internationally. In recent years, he has woń major international photography awards in various competitions. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen in North America, Europe and Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals in New York, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Madrid, Tel Aviv and many others. The most prestigious press titles have alreadỳ praised or covered his work in their pages such as El País, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Lonely Planet, Cultura Inquieta, Point de vue, Esquire, Beijing News... and in TV reports on M6 (France), DW (Germany), Channel Cuatro (Spain), TV5 Monde (France) and I24 News (France and Israel).

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My name is Violeta and I am an editor here at Bored Panda. I love reading memes for a living. It’s obviously much more than that, but I appreciate the variety of topics, information, and pics I get to see every day and share with the world! Those funny memes really make my day too. Being born in the ’90s in post-Soviet Lithuania speaks more about me than I’d like to admit. I’m still learning about the world and myself, but I do love my friends, traveling, art, and my cat. My favorite fact to share about myself is that I used to hide meatballs in my friend’s pockets at lunch so I could go play outside. I wish all those meatballs could find their way back to me someday.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The staircase and library are beautiful! I would love to go ghost hunting through there at night!

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SandraG_lak
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why are there still furnishings? The description indicates it was used after major renovations then abandoned. I don't get why you'd leave anything behind.

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Katinka Min
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen so many of these and I don't get it either. Just look at those enormous carpets - what they must have cost, at some point! the problem is: You can't just take them, that'S theft. But noone really owns this - so it's left to rot. It drives me crazy.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The staircase and library are beautiful! I would love to go ghost hunting through there at night!

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SandraG_lak
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why are there still furnishings? The description indicates it was used after major renovations then abandoned. I don't get why you'd leave anything behind.

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Katinka Min
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen so many of these and I don't get it either. Just look at those enormous carpets - what they must have cost, at some point! the problem is: You can't just take them, that'S theft. But noone really owns this - so it's left to rot. It drives me crazy.

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