Manoir à la Verrière

THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN FRANCE


This abandoned castle ‘Manoir à la Verrière’ or ‘Chateau Lumiere’ is hidden in a quiet french town. It is a neo-baroque style mansion built 1900’s by a wealthy tobacco heir of Swiss decent.

The villa is the family home of Maurice Burrus, tobacco manufacturer and industrialist. During my visit, the chateau is still in immaculate condition. Impressive is the ornate stairway, leading up to a glowing sky-lit parlor. The 900m² residence counts approximately thirty rooms.

During the Second World War, the castle is requisitioned and transformed into a training center for SS officers.

After the owner died in the late 1950’s the chateau was sold several times to a private party. But today the building is left abandoned due to the expensive work for the maintenance of the mansion. Although there is a Historical Protection order on the property its future remains uncertain. These photos of ‘Manoir à la Verrière’ were taken in 2013.

Built 1905
Abandoned 2010
Endangered
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