11 abandoned palaces that were once the height of luxury and what they look like now
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- Even once-opulent palaces can deteriorate.
- These palatial estates were abandoned and now sit in varying states of decay for reasons ranging from natural disasters to rumored hauntings.
- Photos of these crumbling palaces around the world give a peak into yesteryear's high society lifestyle.
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These palaces were originally the lavish homes of rulers or the dreamlike creations of business titans who fashioned themselves after royalty. They were considered to be the height of luxury when they were built.
Now, they are dilapidated and crumbling.
Some of these palaces have been restored and even serve as wedding venues. Others, however, have remained untouched for years - reduced to a creepy spot to snap an Instagram photo.
Keep reading for a look at 11 abandoned palaces around the world.
Bodiam Castle — Sussex, England
Leh Palace — Ladakh, India
Jal Mahal — Jaipur, India
The Palace of Sans Souci — Milot, Haiti
Duckett's Grove — Carlow, Ireland
Pidhirtsi Palace — Lviv, Ukraine
Grand Hôtel de la Forêt — Corsica, France
Villa de Vecchi —Cortenova, Italy
Swannanoa Palace — Virginia, United States
Sammezzano Castle — Leccio, Italy
Gbadolite — Nsele, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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