Monday, October 17, 2016

An abandoned hotel in the south of France

Squeezed between the train tracks and a street, Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert in Cerbère, France resembles an old abandoned ship. The hotel was designed in the art deco style by the Perpignan architect, Léon Baille, and built between 1928 and 1932 in a triangular plot.

The hotel has four levels and it was built using reinforced concrete. Many details of the building resemble an ocean liner, like the exit of the staircase to the roof that looks like a funnel. The hotel had a restaurant, a cinema, as well as a tennis court built on its roof. 

Hotel Belvédère served mainly travelers of the railway line between France and Spain. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War though, the borders were closed and the hotel finally shut down in 1983. A few years later the building was protected under the list of historic monuments. Although it stayed abandoned for the most time since, part of the hotel has been restored to be used as apartments. 


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