The Halls of Dis ~ Chateau Noisy by Josephine Pugh


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The Halls of Dis ~ Chateau Noisy by 

Dis- The lower levels of hell and an alternative name for Lucifer.

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

The ceiling of the ‘throne room’, off limits to the chateau’s children.

Featured in ‘Shapes and Patterns’, August 2011.

Featured in ‘The Art of Peeling Paint’, 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!)

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughabout 3 years ago

    Superb work Jo – the tones are fantastic,. What a ceiling! xx

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanabout 3 years ago

    That sure is red! Great symmetry :)

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

    Great piece Jo, well done! Did a couple of you RB photographers go out here together? Seen a few of this ceiling lately. Amazing site!!

  • Thanks so much for the feature! It’s an honour Parmi! You’re right; I planned a trip for me and fellow Bubbler Richard Pitman (link above via comment) to this Belgium site! Thought it was a good way to combine a ‘summer holiday’ and the old obsession! Well spotted! Amazing place! :)

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthabout 3 years ago

    Congrats Jo, your lovely image has been featured in ThE aRt Of pEEliNg PaINt

  • Andrew, I’m so delighted! Thank you for your support.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful rich balanced shot Josephine. Great subject!

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