Vila Ružička by Mojca Savicki

Vila Ružička, Dobrna, Slovenia
Locals call it a House of Ghosts now. It was built in 1876 by count Aichelburg who was a mayor between 1864 and 1867 and changed couple of owners. The last one was a manufacturer Leon Ružička, Romanian emigrant Jew, also passionate numismatists and archaeologist, who bought it in 1913. His family has lived there until second world war. After Nacis confiscated what was worth of taking from the inside, this charming building became a shelter for war orphans and later school for children with special needs. After 1961 it was a residential house.

Now it is too late for any kind of renovation. It is totally ruined and it should be pulled down. Only walls left – and rubbish. People use it for a rubbish dump. It is not safe going inside cause everything is falling apart.

I was fascinated with it. It must have been a gorgeous house once. Unfortunately, this is a story of too many old buildings in Slovenia which end like this one. Abandoned.


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  • DeviousLili
    DeviousLiliover 6 years ago

    Great stuff! You might consider adding this and others like it to Nature’s Reclamation

  • Thanks Stephanie, for telling me about your group

    – Mojca Savicki

  • ChelseaBlue
    ChelseaBlueover 6 years ago

    Super shot, well captured

  • Hey, thanks a lot :)

    – Mojca Savicki

  • Beth A
    Beth Aover 6 years ago

    Nice find, has made a great image!

  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssabout 6 years ago

    Wow, beautiful scary shot! Congrats on this well deserved feature!

  • Thanks a lot sstarligtss :)

    – Mojca Savicki

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff, Majoca – I adore old, crumbling buidings – well done :-D

  • Thanks Colleen, i adore them too!

    – Mojca Savicki

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture!! :D

  • Martin Carr
    Martin Carrabout 6 years ago

    Great shot. Sad to see such a marvellous house derelict though: it makes me think of an old lady still showing hints of the beautiful girl she once was…
    It’s always great to know the story behind the image too as it brings the image to life and gives it a place in history, so thanks for the information.

  • Thank you PommieGranite.
    Yes, it’s sad, but unfortunately a reality in Slovenia. Glad you like it :)

    – Mojca Savicki

  • Rebecca Bryson
    Rebecca Brysonabout 6 years ago

    Love the way you framed this shot!

  • LynnH64
    LynnH64about 6 years ago

    SUPER shot!

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkabout 6 years ago

    looks like it would be a great place for those new “Ghost Hunters” on TV to set up for the night. sad to see such a beautiful place go to dust. great shot.

  • Ha ha J.K., i was in and didn’t sense any ghost. It’s possible that people hear noises as everything is falling apart, it’s actually dangerous, you can get something on your head if you’re not careful :)

    – Mojca Savicki

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