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Inside incredible abandoned Victorian palace with a fully stocked wine cellar
June 2, 2021
A photographer who toured an abandoned 19th-century mansion was shocked by the stunning rustic riches he found there.
Dutchman Roman Robroek came upon the giant house in northern Italy, which on the outside is overgrown and unkempt.
But inside he found valuable antique furniture, a fully stocked wine cellar and untouched statues from the Victorian era.
The owner could have gone on holiday decades ago and never returned.
Roman investigated the house further, finding a wealth of riches from luxury chaise lounges to a splendid feature ceiling with an incredible painting of a tree.
The exhaustive wine cellar included dusty unopened bottles of fancy liqueurs.
The immaculately painted bedrooms had big wooden frame beds with dressed mattresses ready to be slept on.
It would be fit for a princess – albeit after a quick sweep to get rid of the dust and restore the palatial home to its former glory.
Roman described the palace's amazing fixtures and fine details as examples of brilliant interior design.
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He said: "The palace was covered in stunning thick drapes and curtains.
"Old books were lying around everywhere and the furniture left behind is pure craftsmanship.
“Next to that, a lot of statues of popes, saints and Madonnas were found all over the place.”
Roman is something of a luxury house hunter, having also photographed the nearby Castello di Sammezzano in Florence.
Last year Roman visited another abandoned celestial palace in Poland.
But his latest scoop is even more of a mystery than usual, with very little information on offer about its chivalric former owners.
Roman found a photo of one former owner in a bedroom, with a birth date of 1874.
He also found some birth registers in the palace office.
One described a man born in 1941 with a degree in agriculture.
The house was likely built before the unification of Italy in 1861.
Before then, the country was made up of numerous ancient principalities including Sardinia, Sicily, Piedmont and Lombardy.
The capital was moved from Turin to Rome in 1870 and the pope was forced to take refuge in the Vatican.
Troops of the newly created country stormed the city.
Roman's urban photography has proved popular on Instagram, where he has almost 20,000 followers. Snaps include abandoned palaces like this one, as well as empty theatres hidden below ancient city centres and beautiful derelict chapels. He rarely reveals the exact location of the places he finds, preferring to leave it to his followers to figure out. But one popular location he visited recently was Pripyat, the nearest town to the power station at Chernobyl.
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Robroek described the abandoned radioactive city as "surprisingly big" and said he could see how 50,000 people once lived there.
Terrifying photos of the nuclear city included piles of gas masks on the floor, an abandoned high school basketball court and the town's famous ferris wheel.
Roman wrote: "On one hand I was having laughs with my friends and found everything ‘amazingly beautiful’ to shoot, while on the other hand I realized I was in and nearby the place where the world’s worst nuclear disaster happened.