Ex Furnace, Campotto in Ferrara, Italy

by Davide Angeli, a view of Ex Furnace, Campotto in Ferrara, Italy

Not so far away from the natural Oasi of Campotto Valleys, there is an abandoned furnace, built in 1916.
The impressive artifact is crumbling, and has even suffered some acts of vandalism. Among the different restoration projects proposed over the years, even the one from the Argenta municipality, a new wellness center, is still waiting.

[Video] ex furnace Worker


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Ex Nobel-Blaschim, Lesmo, Monza e Brianza, Italy

by Borlup , a view of ex Nobel-Blaschim (MB), Italy

This skeleton of iron and asbestos is the ex Nobel-Blaschim, a chemical company (Blaschim was a textile company, acquired by the chemical company Nobel) that closed 20 years ago and remained there during all this time, like a sleeping giant, waiting for a green light by the province for its renovation.
Also the property, the company “Finalfa”, is waiting, even though the recovery plan has been approved and the land reclamations have been continued for more than 10 years. The destination for the new area is residential. In the area of 30 thousand square meters will rise 60 thousand cubic meters. A series of buildings for a total of 250 apartments, of which 10 percent will be subsidized housing.
Only one constraint has been put to recovery, the reconstruction of the original factory facade: the entrance arch, which is considered a piece of industrial archeology, and the spinning mill, that is the courtyards with arcades where there will be apartments for the public administration.

Source: [ITA] article from mbnews.it


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São Domingos Mine, Mértola, Portugal

by Emanuele Galli, a view of the abandoned mine in São Domingos, Mértola, Portugal

The São Domingos Mine is a deserted open-pit mine in São Domingos (Mértola), in the Alentejo region, Portugal. This site is one of the volcanogenic massive sulfide ore deposits in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, that extends from the southern Portugal into Spain.
The mining started many centuries ago, at the age of Romans, then had a brake until mid 19th century, as the international demand for copper grew during the Industrial Revolution. After the assignation of the mining concession in 1859 to the English mining company Mason and Barry, some important infrastructural work have been realized in the area, including an inland port and a railway. After a century of extractions, the mine eventually closed in 1966 due to mineral depletion.
Since closure the mine attracts tourists. Many old mine buildings and the open-cast pit remain abandoned, even though the old mining company headquarters has been converted into an hotel.

source: Sao Domingo page from Wikipedia


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Chiesa di San Felice e San Niccolò, Bologna, Italy

by Andrea Venturini, a view of Chiesa di San Felice e San Niccolò, Bologna, Italy

This incredible place is the (ex) church of San Felice and San Niccolò in via San Felice at the corner with via dell’Abbadia.
Walking down the street you can’t notice nothing but a dirty and dilapidated old portal and some sheets that cover the external stuccoes, but the beauty is hidden inside.
You can only unveil the mystery from the upper floors of the opposite building, from which you can see the church that is completely uncovered, probably because of a bombardment during WWII: the inner structure became some sort of beautiful arena / open-air theater, now used as a nest for birds. Have a look to the map below, the satellite view it’s really amazing!!

Below is the description on the plaque next to the portal:

“Church of San Felice and San Niccolò
Dates back to the XII century. It was rebuilt by Peter Fiorini in 1576 and renovated in 1753. From the original building only the facade remains, on which was placed an iron cross on the marble pillar, moved here from the road in 1732 (the cross is now kept in the church of Santa Maria of Charity). ”


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Villa Milena, Imola, Italy

by Laura Brialdi , a view of Villa Milena, Imola, Italy

The villa was originally donated to the parish of San Cassiano in Imola: a guardians family lived there until 5 years ago, then the priest changed and so many things have changed with it…
Inside the house, there is a small chapel, the guardians said weekly a mass and the rosary during the month of May; now no one is cured of this tradition, which was a specific condition for the donation.
Afterwards, the owners were interest to sell the villa, however, they were not authorized to do so, because the will that assigned them the villa forbade it.
It’s a pity, the guardians family had to move and leave a villa of ’700 to a slowly decay. As it appears from the plans the villa is not suitable for nothing other than home or office. Furthermore, walls and ceilings are painted and in the hands of any architect it could become a beautiful studio! F.G


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The Monster, Casalecchio, Bologna, Italy

by Giacomo Beccari , a view of The Monster of Casalecchio, Bologna, Italy

This building was conceived in 1955 to be a boarding school, becoming over the years a place abandoned to itself. The building is four floors high, has many laboratories, a chapel, several offices and administrative structures. It was assigned to the architect Glauco Gresleri by the religious order of the Padri Passionisti to realize a boarding school with a professional teaching focus, taking advantage of the law on training for the building work: this role is well reflected by the distribution of interior spaces.
An ambitious project that was stopped after the construction of the first two lots in the mid 60′s. Since then the building has been abandoned to itself, as it is today, waiting for a redevelopment project.

by Giacomo Beccari , a view of The Monster of Casalecchio, Bologna, Italy


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Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy

by Silvia Tamburrelli, a view of Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy

Small town of 4,000 souls in Puglia counting dogs and cats.
I think these houses are inhabited, perhaps there was an attempt to place the properties on the market a few years ago, but there were conflicts of interest and all worked out in nothing.
The district is historical, but unfortunately most of the houses around there, the church and other buildings have been damaged by an earthquake a few years ago and never restored.
There is no money, the City has none, the owners do not have the sensitivity or the money and so everything has been left since then. Houses in particular may end up further damaged by seasonal migrants who illegally employ them as a base to work in the fields all summer.

by Silvia Tamburrelli, a view of Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy


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Disco Woodpecker, Milano Marittima, Ravenna, Italy

by Elisa Spada, a view of Disco Woodpecker, Milano Marittima, Italy

Disco Woodpecker, abandoned for 30 years, was designed by the architect Filippo Monti and it’s an extraordinary place, suspended between water and reeds, surrounded by a pine forest.
It is a structure that in the ’60s enjoyed the reputation of dance clubs of the most popular of the Adriatic Riviera. A few miles from the center of Milano Marittima (and near the Casa delle Aie), the Woodpecker has been transformed in recent times in an area for illegal rave parties, as well as in an environment that requires remediation.
Inside some draws of Blu.

more info:
[ITA] www.piunotizie.it/news/pagina1013498.html


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Cinema Embassy, Bologna, Italy

by Andrea Sesta, a view of Cinema Embassy, Bologna, Italy

This place used to be a quite famous cinema in Bologna and it was closed a few years ago, probably around 2005 (I tried to find the exact date on the web, but I couldn’t find any specific information). During these years several renewal projects have been proposed for the Embassy, but nothing has actually been set in place so far. In order to free the abandoned space, the cinema has been occupied by student collectives more than once, even though they weren’t able to keep the building because of police interventions.
This state of abandonment is a shame because the cinema is really huge (I can’t tell the exact dimensions, but at least several hundreds of m2) and young people in Bologna are continuously demanding space for creativity that they don’t have.

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Cave del Predil, Tarvisio, Italy

by Marco Ciccolini, a view of Cave del Predil, Tarvisio, Italy

Cave del Predil (German: Raibl, Slovene: Rabelj) is a hamlet in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region (northeast Italy). This small village, part of the Province of Udine, is located 15 km south of Tarvisio, near the Italian-Austrian-Slovenian border. A tunnel, originally used for water drainage and then for transport of miners and political refugees escaping from Communist Yugoslavia, connects it with Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia.
Until World War I, it was part of Austria-Hungary, and then came under Italian control. It is known for its former lead and zinc mine, which operated until 1991 when it eventually closed and never reopened, leaving Cave del Predil to a poor destiny: of the 1200 citizens living here during ’70s, today only 400 are left.

by Marco Ciccolini, an abandoned building in Cave del Predil, Tarvisio, Italy

more info:
[ita] Storia della miniera di Raibl


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