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Abandoned Castles, Châteaux And City Halls Showcase The Beauty Of Emptiness

Photographer Matt Emmett has traveled all around the world capturing beautiful buildings for his work, Forgotten Heritage Photography. He has devoted his life to shedding light on what he calls "ruins and abandonment," turning old, dilapidated buildings into beautiful imagery.

"These places that were once alive with sound and movement are now silent and still, but they are no less mesmerizing," Emmett told Architectural Digest earlier this year. "Immense and powerful beauty resides in forgotten places."

The majority of the abandoned buildings Emmett photographed for this shoot are located throughout Luxembourg, Belgium, France and the U.K. As seen in his current Facebook profile photo, he generally wears a hard hat when taking photos as an "urban explorer."

Scroll down to see more of Emmett's work and read about his experiences in his own words. You can also follow him on Twitter, visit his Facebook page and check out his work at Forgottenheritage.co.uk.

Coal Mine
"Looking more like a castle, this elaborate headstock and miners shower block was built over shaft #1 at Hasard de Cheratte coal mine. Located near Liège in Belgium."
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Ruined Colonnade
"A folly within the now overgrown grounds of Baron Hill manor on the Isle of Anglesey."
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Cloisters
"Pillars line the cloisters along the edge of the central courtyard at a historic trading house in Belgium."
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Ruined Portico
"The pillared entrance portico at the ruined Baron Hill estate on Anglesey. The house was abandoned after being partially gutted by a fire during WWII. It has been slowly reclaimed by nature ever since."
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Chambers of Commerce
"The central courtyard of a historic trading house in Belgium."
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Gwyrch Castle
"View across the ruined Gwyrch Castle in North Wales. The castle is now being cleaned of foliage and brought back to life. Its future as a hotel complex looking more likely each day."
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Abandoned Asylum
"The long abandoned Denbeigh asylum in North Wales. One of the U.K.'s largest asylums when in use."
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Stone Dwelling
"A stone dwelling built over a period of decades by an artist living in the Cotswolds."
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Abandoned Chateau
"Chateau Miranda in Belgium. Once an orphanage but now just a ruin, slowly fading as the elements invade and batter it."
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Abandoned Farm Kitchen
"A range cooker in the kitchen of an abandoned watermill/farmhouse located in an isolated valley in the Luxembourg countryside."
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Chateau Interior
"Two chairs sit in a pool of light in an abandoned chateau in Belgium. The location once was a wedding venue so the rooms were filled with chairs, crates of Champagne flutes and cigars."
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Derelict Boys School
"Empty boys school in Berkshire, abandoned since the late '80s after an abuse scandal forced the school's closure."
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Derelict Stable Block
"Stable block at a derelict country house in Wiltshire. The buildings within this once grand estate are deteriorating fast."
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Belgium Chateau Interior
"Chairs and a coffee table sit in a pool of light below a beautiful skylight in a European mansion."
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Grand Staircase
"Stunning architectural staircase at an abandoned university site in Belgium."
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Silverdome
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Pontiac, Michigan
Silverdome
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Pontiac, Michigan
Silverdome
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Pontiac, Michigan
Unnamed high school bleachers
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Doole, Texas
Olympic Fountain & Village
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Fountain & Village
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Baseball Stadium
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Baseball Stadium
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Baseball Stadium
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Athens, Greece
Faliro Beach Volleyball Stadium
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Athens, Greece
Faliro Beach Volleyball Stadium
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Athens, Greece
Faliro Beach Volleyball Arena
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Village Training Pool
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Canoe-Kayak Water Park
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Canoe-Kayak Water Park
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Athens, Greece
Olympic Canoe-Kayak Water Park
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Athens, Greece
Stadion Za Lužánkami
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Brno, Czech Republic.
Stadion Za Lužánkami
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Brno, Czech Republic.
Stadion Za Lužánkami
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Brno, Czech Republic.
Stadion Za Lužánkami
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Brno, Czech Republic.
Tiger Stadium (demolished 2009)
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Tiger Stadium (demolished 2009)
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Detroit, Michigan
Tiger Stadium (demolished 2009)
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Detroit, Michigan
Houston Astrosdome
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Houston, Texas
Houston Astrodome
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Houston, Texas
Olympic Podium
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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ski Jump
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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ski Jump
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Sarajevo, Bosnie & Herzegovina
Bobsled Track
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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bobsled Track
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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bobsled Track
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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pyramid Arena
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Memphis, Tennessee
Entertainment Centre (demolished 2011)
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Perth, Australia
1936 Olympic Village
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Berlin, Germany
1936 Olympic Village
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Berlin, Germany
1936 Olympic Village
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Berlin, Germany
1936 Olympic Village
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Berlin, Germany
Boothferry Park (demolished 2010)
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Kingston upon Hull, England
Boothferry Park (demolished 2010)
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Kingston upon Hull, England
Olympic Train Station
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Munich, Germany
Olympic Train Station
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Munich, Germany
Olympic Train Station
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Munich, Germany
Olympic Train Station
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Munich, Germany
Perry Lakes Stadium (demolished 2012)
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Floreat, Australia