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.


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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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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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