The abandoned Castle of Can Jaumar, formerly known as Can Rafart, dates back to the late and very dark Middle Ages. It was built in 1229 by a Christian family, the Rafart de Cabrils, who had fled to Northern Spain alongside thousands of others to live and pray in peace away from raging war battlefields and Islamic dictatorship. At that time, Spanish Christians had been fighting a 500 year long war against Muslims who had conquered large areas of the country (and wider Europe) and imposed a “convert or die law”. As the battles raged on, the Christians who remained in Spain had fled to areas such as Cabrils in Catalunya, and built themselves farmhouses to live in aswell as underground cave churches to pray in. The abandoned building you see in my video below and photos further down the page, is the former Rafart de Cabrils farmhouse. The medieval castle elements such as towers with crenellations, battlements, arched windows and heraldic shields were added in 1906 by its new owner, the Jaumar de la Carrera family. By the time the Jaumar’s had bought Can Rafart, Spain had succeeded in booting out the Muslims after a century-long war and the country was Christian once again. To ensure there
The Abandoned Devil’s Monastery, Seville, Spain The abandoned Monasterio del Diablo, otherwise known as the monastery of “Huerta de San José” or “Monasterio Maldito”, dates all the way back to the 17th Century. Situated in one of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful towns, Carmona, the monastery is perched on top of a hill surrounded by vast farmland and Roman Empire ruins. As of now, it has been sitting derelict for over half a century and its walls hold the stories of the past including the mass murder of the friars who built it. – The History of the Monasterio del Diablo, Spain In 1620, a group of Franciscan-Dominican friars built the monastery to serve as a convent, chapel and boarding school for the local townspeople. In 1680, a new monk, Don Jaime Malvidas, joined the convent but soon after had a terrifying experience that he was later arrested for reporting to the police. A document recounting the series of events was signed by the Archbishop of Jerez overseen by the local bailiff, Alonso Sanz de Heredia. – The Mass Murder of the Carmona Monks According to the historical document, one morning, when Jaime Malvidas woke up, he did not find the
An Abandoned Spain Sanatorium in Barcelona The abandoned Sanatorio Antituberculoso in Barcelona, Spain, is so unique looking it would catch anyone’s eye, not just urbexers. “El Castell” has an area of about 250 square meters or so, has two levels. It is made up of a circular central nave, surrounded by eight cylindrical towers of a ninth that is slightly separated from the rest. The roofs are conical and are covered with trencadis, a mosaic technique typical of modernist architecture. Surrounding the building, is a ring of curved windows. This modernist pavilion, privately owned and now extremely derelict, is the only one that remains of the sanatorium that Joan Rubió i Bellver designed in Can Rectoret, in 1905. – The History of Sanatori Antituberculós, Barcelona At the end of the 19th century, the lack of hygiene standards and socioeconomic conditions meant that some diseases, such as typhus and tuberculosis, were the cause of a large number of deaths. One of the safest measures was the isolation of the sick in remote places in the open air. For this reason, in Barcelona and its surroundings, many sanatoriums were planned in the mountains, such as those of Tibidabo and Vallvidrera. El Castell
The Abandoned El Silo de Carmona The Carmona Cereal Silo was the product of a new initiative brought in by Francisco Franco after he won the Spanish Civil War in 1939. He wanted control of Spanish farms and local produce, so farmers were forced to sell all of their wheat to the State for a fraction of the price it cost to produce. The wheat was then transported to silos such as the abandoned El Silo de Carmona which is located about 30 mins away from Seville in Southern Spain. In 1997, the silo ceased operations and has been left to decay at the foot of Carmona’s historic town. The building is currently being used for storage and has recently been approved for a refurbishment project which will see the silo turned into a museum. Enjoy the photography slideshow below and don’t forget to follow Abandoned World Photography for regular urbex updates on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.