Abandoned France

The 5th book

Following the success of his first book, published in 2009, Sylvain Margaine still travels around France in search of these forbidden and often overlooked places. In this way he draws attention to the sometimes dramatic fate of the country's heritage, the preservation of which has become a matter for serious reflection.

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Follow the trail of the abandoned Gandrange steelworks or the decommissioned Uckange blast furnaces in Lorraine, a spectacular marine graveyard in Brittany's Crozon peninsula, a forgotten chateau on the outskirts of Paris, a derelict sanatorium in the Alps, the remains of a magnificent Art Deco concert hall in the north, a disused hospital in the south-west, a military fort in the Pyrenees, now off-limits, a former wine storage cellar in Normandy ... 

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Abandoned France by Sylvain and David Margaine

About the authors

Sylvain Margaine, born in 1977, is an engineer. Since 1998, he has photographed and documented the worlds forgotten heritage, also publishing his urban explorations on his website, Forbidden Places.

David Margaine, born in 1980, is a pharmacist by training. He has worked for over 10 years as a songwriter in several musical groups wthin the Bordeaux alternative scene.


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Larry (US)

I believe I have swam in the Olympic pool that Adolf Hitler's team either trained or competed in. It was in Berlin. I was a U.S. soldier in 1979. I was told That The barracks we occupied were the original barracks of an SS garrison. On the complex, which was located in the middle of the City of Berlin, A large enclosed pool was there. I swam in the pool once. it was the largest pool I had ever swan in. Does anyone have any information on this place.


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