SPECIAL EDITION

Chromotherapeutic explorations: 7 wonders in blue

By September 30, 2019 No Comments

The Ascosi Lasciti project is close to the quota of 700 articles and photo reports on the abandoned places between the Italian borders and abroad, counting more 1300 buildings visited and documented.

Today we offer you a rather unique classification: seven disused buildings ‘painted blue’. These buildings stand out for the contrast between the dark decadence of abandonment and the emotional effect of the dominant color, almost chromotherapy.

RANKING

7) EMILIA ROMAGNA: THE CASTLE OF BLUE WALLS

Let’s start with a sixteenth-century castle in Emilia Romagna, Italy: a single room in this castle, pervaded by an intense and dreamy blue: “Blue is the color of passing time”, the walls of the room seem to suggest.

6) MARCHE: THE RURAL CHAPEL

In sixth place, a single environment ‘painted blue’ but belonging to a larger building: this small church is the private chapel of a large rural residence of the fifties. An unexpected discovery among the many surprises that can happen during an exploration.

5) GERMANY: THE BLU OPERATING ROOM

We cross the Italian borders: here we are in a small town in Germany. Still a single room, but what a room! This is the operating room of a military hospital, its history and architecture go beyond the disturbing charm of this all-blue room, where wounded soldiers underwent emergency operations.

4) UMBRIA: THE CONVENT IN BLUE

Let’s return to Italy, precisely in Umbria: we enter an abandoned convent, between whose walls a pale blue color dominates. The ancient religious building dates back to 1403, but in 1929 it was adapted as a shelter for the elderly and named after Alessandro Mussolini, Benito’s father.

3) EMILIA ROMAGNA: THE CHURCH WITH THE BLUE CROSS

To discover the third step of the podium you have to go back to Emilia Romagna, where the remains of a splendid church in ruins but still variously decorated are hidden. To embellish it is a deep tone of midnight blue, sanctioned by a cross of an even more intense blue.

2) PORTUGAL: THE BLUE MANOR

These beautiful photographs come from Portugal and deserve the second place in the rankings. An abandoned villa on two floors, rich in furnishings and other everyday objects, but the real surprise is a small private chapel inserted in a dining room. Nor to say, the predominant color is … blue!

1) FRANCIA: THE SPA IN BLUE

Another abandoned place unearthed beyond the Italian border wins this special classification: a French thermal plant. Here a pale blue is poured into all the environments and surrounds the eye in a relaxing embrace … of decadence.

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Lorenzo Jedermann
Lorenzo Jedermann
University professor and journalist. As a little boy he watched "The Goonies" and that's when his fascination with exploration started.
His personal project derivesuburbane.it is focused on ghost architecture in Campania.

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