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PICS: Beauty in abandoned villas in Europe

Even as they crumble, these ruined stately homes still portray decadence in photographs of Thomas Jorion.

PARISIAN PHOTOGRAPHER Thomas Jorion has made a career of shooting urban ruins and condemned buildings, exploring environments as they decay.

For a recent gallery series, Forgotten Palaces, he explored abandoned villas and castles in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Once grand, these buildings are now forgotten shells.

Jorion’s photos are at once sad and beautiful. He’s been kind enough to share some photos from the recent series with us – see more of his work on his website.

PICS: Beauty in abandoned villas in Europe
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  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Switzerland, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Hotel, Italy, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Switzerland, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2009

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2011

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Castle, Germany, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion
  • Villa, Italy, 2010

    Reprinted with permission from Thomas Jorion

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