25 March 2020 - Abandoned Ussana Brick Factory in Italy

Abandoned Ussana Brick 
Factory in Italy

G'day folks,

Yes, I've found another abandoned structure. This one is in Ussana, Italy, where an eerie gravel road full of shards of red bricks leads to the ruins of a deserted factory. 

The sand makes a high clinking noise as the shards of broken tiles are crushed under your footsteps along the red brick road. The path leads to an abandoned brick and tile factory, known as La Ceramica, that during its heyday in the 1940s and ’50s helped rebuild wartorn Sardinia.

The site consists of two main buildings, the factory and an office, that were shuttered in the 1980s and left forgotten. Piles of red bricks are strewn all around, left behind when the factory was abandoned. Some of them have been smashed and become crimson sand glittering in the sunset, while the light casts long shadows from the broken doors and windows.

Delicate spiral stairs lead to the upper level, which has a firing kiln in the middle and thousands of tiles piled into rows. There are parts of beautiful brick ornaments still on the walls. On the ground level, there are two massive firing tunnels and a tall, empty hall where rainwater-filled pools on the floor reflect the open interior.

In the office building, the shower room is completely demolished and the windows of the offices are sealed with bricks, of course. The walls are covered in graffiti from the past decades: “bum bum bum,” “Pink Floyd,” “Marco and Maria 8/8/1986.” Peacefully buzzing bees have taken over the empty rooms. The sounds of nature are intense, as grasshoppers, insects, and birds are now the only sounds in this empty factory surrounded by fields and forests.

Clancy's comment: No, I'm not obsessed with abandoned buildings, but I am curious about them. There are so many of them jotted around the world. I mean, check out that spiral staircase above. What a waste.

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  1. We had a beautiful old brick building a short distance from where we live that went unoccupied for at least a decade. And in Newburgh, a once bustling town, they are glorious old mansions that have been permitted to go to rack and ruin. I saw one where the roof had caved in after years of disrepair. There is a growing attempt to gentrify, but is expensive and takes a long time. So you can see a beautiful fully restored building across the street from a bombed out wreck. We considered buying a home there, but my father advised us that it would take at least two decades before enough restoration had taken place such that we would have a return on our investment. In the meantime, the area is pretty scary to live in so,...

    1. Wow. I guess doing up thes places is a labour of love.