Squat me! Empty palaces all over Europe

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Aug 20 15:39:25 BST 2015

The silent halls of a forgotten era: Inside the magnificent empty 
spaces of Europe's grandiose palaces

STEBNER PUBLISHED: 18:39, 4 October 2012 | UPDATED: 20:47, 4 October 2012

They were once filled with courtiers, kings, and other members of the 
aristocracy. But stunning images capture the silent galleries, 
corridors, and libraries of Europe in a whole new light.
Captured by Italian photographer <http://opere.listri.it/web/>Massimo 
Listri, the images span from Portugal to Sweden, France, and Italy, 
and show the intricate masterworks from ages past.
His images evoke a certain solemnity, both beautiful and isolating at once.
Included in his portfolio are pictures from the library of Wiblingen 
Abbey, which was once a Benedictine abbey and has since been 
transformed into housing medical facilities for the University of Ulm 
in Germany.
Another image shows the the Malatestiana Library, located in Cesena, 
Italy, which was the first European civil library that allowed 
everyone -including the common people - access to its books.

Rococo: The Queluz National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal was buil

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