There are not many old abandoned buildings as grand or as breathtaking as this. Those following my blog will remember this place from my first Belgium road-trip earlier in the year. Having been invited along with another bunch of friends last month I was more than happy with the prospect of giving CDC another look. Last time we were pushed for time by pesky little details like workmen expected inside the building at a certain time and catching a train back to the UK. As a result, once it became light enough to photograph, it was a rather quick explore around the building with entire floors and sections missed entirely.
This time we had several hours put aside to explore the halls and corridors of this beautifully constructed civic building sitting deserted in the centre of a busy Belgian city.
There are hundreds of intricately sculpted stone pillars, each of which has a unique pattern detailed around its circumference.
Light pours in through the glass roof. Looks nice …but a bit of a bugger to photograph!
I tried my best to make good use of my time in this amazing venue. It is said to have been recently bought by a hotel chain which will convert the building – while, hopefully, preserving as much of the original detail as possible. Last time I took many wide shots of the main hall at the expense of some of the smaller details. This time I resisted that urge knowing I already had plenty in the bank so allowed myself to seek out different angles and perspectives.
The preservation of detail in the building is amazing. In the UK, a place left abandoned like this would be full of graffiti and half-burned out within a month. This is why we travel across Europe for urbex! Stunning!
All in all I was really pleased to get to see this place again and, once again, practically needed dragging out of the place as I was reminded that we had two other sites on the list to explore.