Featured in our 20 Spectacular Abandoned Mansions of the World article, this skeletal frame, aptly named “The Ruins“, was not only one of the grandest houses in the Negros Occidental province of the Philippines, but arguably one of the most impressive ruined homes on Earth.
Built during the 18th Century by sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his first wife Maria Braga, The Ruins are a refreshing departure from most abandoned mansions, typically marked by crumbling walls and eerie, overgrown gardens. Here you’ll find manicured lawns and flower beds, and the skeleton of a home that seems as if the internal walls, windows and roof were carefully removed.
But the wonderfully restored “Ruins”, complete with belvedere and Renaissance-type balustrading, hide a more violent past. During World War Two, U.S. troops set the Italianate mansion alight to prevent Japanese forces from using it. Today, the house is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Talisay City.