Right next to a public school, stands an abandoned building with two majestic lion statues guarding the entrance. It was built in 1863 and it was once a private school. By the looks of it, the school was aimed at wealthy people. We climbed up all the way to the small roof and got a beautiful view over the village.
A huge abandoned plane was standing in the middle of a field, so we had to check it out. Underneath stood a colorful old train where they used to sell ice cream.
We came across this abandoned subway station that has been abandoned for more than 30 years. It was built in 1986, when the nearby city of Charleroi already had three subway lines. It was never used.
I came across this gas station that must have been abandoned for more than 15 years. You could pay with Belgian francs, a currency that hasn’t been around since 2002. The big roof construction had fallen down onto a parked truck, so I had the feeling some kind of accident must have happened here.
I visited this lovely abandoned farmhouse way back in 2014 and it seems not much has changed since then. The front door still hasn’t been opened, the windows are still covered with cobwebs and the table is still set. Urban explorers call this place “Farmhouse Tapioca” or “Tapioca Farm”.
Next to an abandoned power plant, stands a majestic looking cooling tower. It was built in 1921. The power plant from Electrabel stopped working in 2007 and the cooling tower was left abandoned. This location played a major part in the Flemish movie “De Premier” from director Erik Van Looy. Now the cooling tower is locked and shielded from most eyes. Urban explorers call this place “Power Plant IM” or “Cooling Tower IM”.
Surrounded by a flock of pigeons lies the Gravestone Church. It was built in 1785 but dates back to 1171. It was desecrated and abandoned in the 1980s. Inside, archaeologists have dug up humain remains. Urban explorers call this place “Saint-Vaast”, “Grave Tomb Church” or “Horror Church Belgium”.
Hidden amidst trees stands a charming little chapel. It was built in 1936 in a beautiful Art Deco style. The biggest stained glass window forms the Reuleaux triangle. More importantly, I got to ring the church bell! This chapel was left abandoned many years ago, but it’s still very clean. Urban explorers call this place “Chapelle Des Mineurs”.
In this episode I explore the abandoned home of a pianist. According to a calendar hanging on the wall, the house was abandoned in 1995. I played a little on the beautiful grand piano that’s standing in the living room. I also found some naughty Score magazines. Urban explorers call this place “Instituteur Chasseur Artiste”.
Along the riverside of the Meuse, I have found a big abandoned manor. It turned out to be the house of a hermit. A hermit is someone who wants to live isolated, secluded from society. Urban explorers call this place “Manoir Aux Statues”.