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Abandoned House in Baabdat

December 6th, 2009

I came across another abandoned house in Lebanon. This time not far from our family house in Baabdat. This one is my mum’s find. She first came across it when on her way to a friend’s house for a visit.

On the day of my departure from Lebanon I felt I needed to get out of the house and do something other than pack, so I took my mum on a short trip to take some shots of the abandoned house.

Here are some of the resulting pictures.

Entry (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO200, 1/125sec)

The floor in each of the rooms to the left of the main door above had completely collapsed, leaving only a bare husk of a building. More about this below.

Baabdat House-2 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

I liked the look and colour of the broken tiles.

Baabdat House-3 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/50sec)

I was struck by the rich blue of the door. The fact that the door opened onto a series of floor-less rooms made for an eerie experience.

Baabdat House-4 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/320sec + flash SB900)

I wonder how that scarf got there…

Baabdat House-5 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Unlike the abandoned house in Batroun (and see also here), this house had very few possessions left over by the previous inhabitants.

Baabdat House-6 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/250sec + flash SB900)

That’s not to say there weren’t any possessions at all which were left abandoned.

Here we have a rotting sofa:

Baabdat House-7 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Some bottles and containers:

Baabdat House-8 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

And even a few coats left hanging on the wall behind the door:

Baabdat House-9 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Done exploring the inside of the house, I moved again outside to try and find different perspectives.

I liked the different kinds of stone the house was built of. The rich colour of the doors in these old Lebanese houses also called out to me.

Baabdat House-10 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Another aspect of old Lebanese houses that I love is the arches.

Baabdat House-11 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Not only had the floor in the top level of the house collapsed, but it seems the red-tile roof had collapsed as well.

I’m sure whatever could have been salvaged from it was.

Baabdat House-12 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/800sec)

The dead and dried creeping vine only added to the sense of neglect and loss.

Baabdat House-13 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/640sec + flash SB900)

This is a view into the lower level of the house, into which the upper floor had caved. The black of the walls suggest there might have been a fire at some point, which may account for some of the damage.

Baabdat House-14 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

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