The ravishing, abandoned Chateau Noisy, Belgium. My first overseas urbex…

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Featured in ‘Touched by Fire’, August 2011.

Featured in ‘Everything Ends’, August 2011.

Featured in ‘Touched by Fire’, August 2011.

Some loose research has revealed the following: The official name of the castle is Chateau Miranda, it was only later named Chateau Noisy. The architecture is in the Neo-Gothic style and was established in 1866 by an English architect named Milner, commissioned by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. Unfortunately Milner died before seeing it completed.

The castle served in the beginning as a summer residence of the Liedekerke-Beaufort family who otherwise lived in the Chateau de Veves which stands opposite on an adjacent hill, both castles surrounded by lush forests and rivers. In the Second World War, Chateau Noisy was taken and used by the Nazis. Following this the Chateau then served as accommodation for children of Belgian rail employees (National Railway Company of Belgium; NMBS) as a holiday hostel and orphanage until 1980. Little is known of its fate from 1980-1991.

Now, however, since 1991 it has lain abandoned in an ever-diminishing state due to a fire in that year. It is reported that although the local municipality has offered to take it over, the family has refused. What is certain is that the enormous building languishes in the surrounding forest, completely concealed from the road and the outside world. It truly is a site full of beauty and mystery.

(Note: the site is heavily and actively guarded by security patrols and an armed forester, both of whom we saw but thankfully didn’t see us, and is atop a very steep hill making access very difficult!)


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  • HennaGoddess
    HennaGoddessalmost 3 years ago

    So many homeless people in the world yet these places are left to decay , the money it must cost to have built this amazing place an I guess the money for its up keep or it would not be in this state now. Awesome captures Josephine love seeing the world through your lens

  • lroof
    lroofalmost 3 years ago

  • This is awesome news! Thank you so much.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsalmost 3 years ago

  • Matt I’m thrilled! Thank you very much. It’s great to have you back.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderfully spooky and a triumph of editing – sad in its dereliction though.

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...almost 3 years ago

    WOW an incredible picture!!!! Congrats on your features!!!! Love this image :)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • lroof
    lroofalmost 3 years ago

  • This is such a superb honour! Thanks for your support.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!!!

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 3 years ago

    Wow, amazing Jo! Love the perspective and toning!!

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieealmost 3 years ago

    I love it my friend:)
    Such the beautiful artwork from your tender heart & arrangement.. Thank you to inspire me and friends:)
    Hug someone everyday, life is too short as we know…

  • Shannon Paskaruk
    Shannon Paskarukalmost 3 years ago


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