Dilapidated grandeur: a semi-abandoned hotel from a bygone era – Montenegro, Balkans
Following are a number of photos I took at a recently abandoned Yugoslavian – era hotel in Montenegro. The hotel is no longer in operation but there is some indication that it may (unofficially) host some degree of periodic human activity. I can’t be positive when the building was built, but I imagine sometime in the late 60s / early 70s, perhaps earlier. I can’t find any specific information.
These large oval window (above) and circular windows (below) appear to be a signature architectural feature of this building. These photos were taken from outside the building.
Side by side circular windows, below.
Once inside the building, the generally morbid ambiance encouraged me to shoot in black and white.
The circle theme is repeated throughout the building, most prominently in the lobby ceiling.
The reception desk was eery… Visa and Diner’s Club International stickers still visible on the glass beneath a thick veneer of dust.
An old switch-board.
I’m not sure what this is.
And below, another unidentified electrical contraption lurking in the shadows.
A shot of the circular windows, this time looking from the inside out.
I encountered this deteriorating mattress carefully placed next to the bar in the lobby.
At the other end of the lobby, down a tunnel of circles and half-circles, you will see the top of a spectacular stainless steel chandelier.
And below, a close-up detail showing a portion of the chandelier’s perplexing geometry.
The immensity of this light fixture is hard to communicate in images, but in the photo below one can begin to appreciate its overall girth.
In another corner of the lobby I encountered a second chandelier, this one longer and narrower, suspended down the middle of a spiral staircase leading to the restaurant.
It’s hard not to imagine the chandelier in is former glory, shiny metal, bulbs illuminated, perhaps a throng of elite Yugoslavian hotel goers descending the stairs for a meal.
Looking up, one will observe a large skylight, reminiscent of a sunburst.
Below, a long, dreary, mold-infested hallway terminating with light pouring through a circular window.
An unwelcoming staircase, festooned with guano, leading to a locked door.
Having exited out on to the roof I chanced upon the exterior protuberance of the skylight and more circular motifs embossed in the building facade.