Mansions in decay, abandoned for years, taken over by vegetation… are they not calling out to you, to be rescued?
One of the saddest stories of decaying buildings is The Grande Hotel Beira in Mozambique – although its fate is the very opposite of abandonment. Once the most opulent and largest hotel on the African continent, it operated for less than a decade and closed down, citing a lack of visitors. Civil war led to a steady stream of refugees squatting in the building – and they have stayed there even after the peace settlement. It’s estimated that between 1200-2000 people live there in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. I didn’t have the heart to show any pictures, but a documentary was made about it in 2007, entitled Night Lodgers.