Patri et Filio Spiritui Sancto

one should enter with respect

Patri et Filio spiritui sancto, abandoned holy places of worship. These churches, chapels, and synagogues may be abandoned, but much of their original architecture remains. Lost and found religious buildings across severall countries.

Patri et Filio Spiritui Sancto

Through out history, architecture has stood as a representation of society, reflecting the values, successes, and eventual downfall of civilizations over time. From the monumental structures to the residences and buildings that make up the fabric of a city, we can learn a lot about who the people were who inhabited them long before our time.

These abandoned churches or other reglious edifice in several countries are now crumbling after being abandoned. Some of the original architecture remains, like stunning stained-glass windows and gilded altars. Other features, however, have been lost as these churches, chapels, and synagogues are overtaken by nature.

These churches, chapels, and synagogues may be abandoned, but much of their original architecture remains.

Located in a small village and left to the elements of nature. I visited this church in 2020

Visited in 2020. This chapel is part of a large monastery, where there are also underground tunnels to the village below. The frescoes have been preserved over the years it has been abandoned.

Just before the summer and in the late evening of 2018, I visited St. Stephan’s Church

The Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux is a former Catholic church, today partially destroyed, located in the old town of Caen, partly destroyed by the American’s back in 1944. Where they bombed the occupiers.

A place for the poor people. A large oval crypt where the people who had little or nothing to spend were buried. A proven grave in this immense cemetery was not put away for them.

A gigantic empty castle. Really another place where you wonder…why. This chapel was a sacred place for the then residents

Up in the mountains, on a silent hill. Woods surrounding the premises…. Chiesa Rita lies in a peaceful situation. Nature (moss)is covering the inside of the walls. A beautiful sight to encounter. 

Villers Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey, located in the Belgian municipality of Villers-la-Ville, of which a number of ruins have been preserved.

One of the most beautiful abandoned churches I’ve had the pleasure to visit. The current residents [pigeons] were kind enough to greet us very friendly. If you examine the church well, you will find evidence from about 40 years ago.

The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. …

Part of a large abandoned school. In recent years even a shelter at home for refugees. Blue Chapel is one of the most famous chapels in the urbex scene

In the countryside, where nature is at its best. Standing in a low field [which is completely submerged in the fall] this church. Destroyed by the ravages of time.