The Franciscan friary at Muckross was founded in 1448 by Donal McCarthy Mor. The abbey was raided frequently by marauders, suppressed by order of Henry VIII and was finally sacked by Cromwell’s troops under General Ludlow in 1652. Today, the abbey is largely roofless but otherwise in surprisingly good condition. It is well worth to bring a […]Read more "Gallery: The Muckross Friary near Killarney"
Since I was watching steam locomotives as a kid I can’t help being fascinated by railways, especially historic ones. My son (approaching 3) has apparently inherited that interest, so on a sunny day in November 2014 we packed up and went to look for what is left of the Tralee & Dingle Railway. The narrow-gauge […]Read more "Tralee and Dingle Railway – Information Wanted"
The mining town of Kovachevo lies in the middle of the Maritsa Iztok coal fields in southeastern Bulgaria. By 1956 over 4100 people lived here, they had a sports center with swimming pool, playgrounds, schools and modern, spacious apartments built for them. Work was abundant in the coal mines – the largest opencast mines in […]Read more "Pic of the Week: Kovachevo Cemetery"
For about sixty years the synagogue in the town of Vidin, northwestern Bulgaria, is now left to rot. Preserving what was once the largest synagogue of the country seems to be on nobody’s agenda. After most of Bulgaria’s Jewish population left the country in the 1950s, the synagogue in the center of Vidin fell into […]Read more "Crumbling Walls: Abandoned Synagogue"
The district heating plant in Iskrets, 50 kilometers north of the capital Sofia, was one of the smallest in the country. The installed power was 13 MW generated with coal-fired steam generators. Around 2000 the plant was closed and most of the hardware removed. (All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter / JB Photography) Please visit my website […]Read more "Industrial Ruins: District Heating Plant in Iskrets"
Shooting on the Jewish cemetery in Vidin turned out to be one of the most depressing jobs I ever did. More than a thousand graves lie there unattended, desecrated, deliberately destroyed. The cemetery was used from 1875 into the 1950s. Since then headstones were broken, graves opened, pictures of the deceased broken. What was supposed […]Read more "Jewish Cemetery in Vidin – No Peace for the Dead"
During yet another trip to the abandoned village of Lisets, this time in the early morning, I did some more exploring and added a few nice images to my growing galleries about ghost villages and other abandoned places in Bulgaria. (All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter / JB Photography) See the complete gallery on my website (www.jb-photography.org)Read more "Gallery: A Ghost Village in Bulgaria"