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Abandoned Castles, Chateaux & Mansions Worth A Visit (PHOTOS)

04/15/2011 09:19 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2011

Castles, chateaux, and mansions - these are displays of wealth and power usually reserved for kings and countesses, or at least old-timey movie stars. It's hard to imagine these incredible, opulent buildings would ever be abandoned and left to rot. But hey, crazier things have happened.

Royal riches may drain more quickly than thought possible; families might die out without leaving an heir; or gigantic estates may just become too overwhelming to maintain. However it happens, luxurious residences, once the height of glamor and wealth, sometimes become abandoned and left to the mercy of the elements.

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