#1 Mayfield House in Ireland’s County Waterford
Mayfield House was reduced to a dilapidated, roofless shell at the turn of the millennium. For architectural salvage, many of its original characteristics were cruelly removed. The majestic mansion’s walls are now all that remain of it.
2 Mayfield House in Ireland’s County Waterford
The estate was previously up for conservation proposals from The National Trust for Ireland, but it now seems the run-down building and grounds are for sale for a reasonable $910,000 (£676k). Could you bring back the splendor of this once-grand country estate?
#3 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
The largest abandoned structure in Afghanistan is about 10 miles from Kabul, the capital. The enormous palace was created in the 1920s as part of an effort to modernize the nation for King Amanullah Khan.
#4 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
The neoclassical palace would serve as the center of a new capital city that King Amanullah envisioned, and he also intended to build a narrow-gauge railway to link the structure to the previous capital.
#5 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
The palace, created by French and German architects, was intended to house Afghanistan’s future parliament. However, it was not meant to be. Amanullah Khan was forced into exile in 1929 by religious conservatives, who also abandoned the monarch’s modernization plan.
#6 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
The structure housed the Kabul University School of Medicine and functioned as offices for several Afghan ministries in the early and middle 20th century. At one point, the palace even served as a warehouse.
#7 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
A fire in 1969 significantly damaged the structure. The destroyed palace was quickly repaired and used as the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan’s headquarters in the 1970s before suffering further fire damage during the Communist Coup of 1978.
#8 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace
After yet another repair, the palace suffered its ultimate blow when the Mujahideen shelled it into oblivion in the early 1990s. The demolished palace was a shell of what it once was by the middle of the1990s. The palace has served as an Afghan army post and a camp for refugees since the middle of the1990s. The structure was attacked by the Taliban in 2012, leaving it battered and damaged.
#9 Afghan capital Kabul’s Darul Aman Palace