Villa Sint Marie

Abandoned: 1960

Demolished: 2010

Visited: 2008

Sint Niklaas, Belgium

Hidden in the Belgium city Sint-Niklaas lies this beautiful old house ‘Villa Sint Marie’. After entering this old villa I could see coats and shoes still hanging in the hallway, covered in dust and spider webs. A door leads me to the living room. I feel like I’m in a museum, a really dusty museum. The whole house looks exactly the same as when it was abandoned more than 30 years ago, nothing is moved.


The story about this villa is a rather sad story. Villa Sint Marie belonged to a very religious and catholic family. But something went very wrong when the young widow that was living in Sint Marie started a secret relation with the local pastor. The woman got pregnant and the unwanted child was thrown in the cesspool. The woman was arrested on grounds of capital murder and thrown in jail in 1960. The house was abandoned on 12 august 1976, the newspaper of that day still lies on the table. The house was untouched for all those years.

Photos of Villa Sint Marie

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