In these photo’s I’ve tried to capture the beauty in abandoned chapels and churches. Places like these can be very old carrying lots of history with them. The difference in architecture is great to see and I believe that each place tells it own story. Some of these places are actually destroyed or in renovation now. Taking a peek in a place like this and being able to share it is great to do. Chapels and churches are among my favourite abandoned places to visit because of the secrecy of what’s going on ‘behind’ the altar. I get to check every room and run into the most amazing things. Clothing, ancient books and tools used in services are just a few examples.

One place was harder to visit than the other. Some of these buildings were a walk in the park, everything was open and no-one was looking after it anymore. Others were harder. There is one place for example where I spent 45 minutes on a steep road in the Italian mountains trying to reach it. The road was covered with big holes and was in a very bad condition. At another place I wasn’t paying attention and I stepped into a wooden bar with a rusty nail in it. That hurt.

The photos have been taken in the past three years all around Europe. I find it very interesting to see how different countries have their own way of constructing these religious places. The architecture differs a lot which is fascinating.

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#1 Chapel In France - Now In Renovation

Chapel In France - Now In Renovation

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Alexandra Schafle 1 year ago

I think this one is my favorite. A beautiful shot of a beautiful place going back to nature...

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#2 Church In Czech Republic

Church In Czech Republic

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Bill McFarlane 1 year ago

Fascinating It's now an art installation.

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#3 Synagogue In Romania

Synagogue In Romania

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John L 1 year ago

No one left to maintain it. They all fled for their own safety. :(

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#4 Church In France

Church In France

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Samantha Beckett 1 year ago

It's in beautiful shape if it's abandoned. Medieval?

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#5 Church In Belgium

Church In Belgium

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

It's really fascinating and a little eerie at the same time. In other words: Amazing shot!

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#6 Church In Italy

Church In Italy

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lindsayaotter 1 year ago

I loved the caved in ceilings, showing off the blue skies.

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#7 Church In Italy

Church In Italy

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

I love the complexity in the markings and the very stable stones. It's the kind of ruins to keep in tact for future generations to see and educate in old architecture.

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#8 Church In Germany

Church In Germany

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

This would make a wonderful home for a family of twelve.

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#9 Church In Italy

Church In Italy

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Marjorie M 1 year ago

Wow, our old churches here in the Philippines have similar floor plans as these churches in Europe!

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#10 Little Room In A Church In Italy

Little Room In A Church In Italy

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Laura Lynn 1 year ago

This "little room" is a shrine to the saint that is in the coffin which is placed on the aulter. I can't tell what saint it is though.

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#11 Church In France - Part Of A School

Church In France - Part Of A School

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Kateřina Eff 1 year ago

There's Narnia for sure in that closet.

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#12 Church In Italy

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Vera Deme 1 year ago

It is so sad they left it to get destroyed. It's beauty is still quite visible.

#13 Chapel In France In A Cloister

Chapel In France In A Cloister

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#14 Church In Italy

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Alan G. 1 year ago

John, if you were a true liberal, you wouldn't have such a negative view towards Muslims. You would also know that most Europeans are far from Godless, because there are more than 26,000 churches in Italy alone.

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#15 Chapel In Poland

Chapel In Poland

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#16 Chapel In Italy

Chapel In Italy

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#17 Small Chapel In France

Small Chapel In France

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Violaine LB 1 year ago

The colours are gorgeous.

#18 Church In Italy

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#19 Church In Italy

Church In Italy

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#20 Church In Italy

Church In Italy

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Akrem Sakka 1 year ago

it's a perfect place to make a great photography, the lights are adorable

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