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10+ Abandoned Churches From Around The World

Religion has always been a driving force around the world. Millions have gathered to honor those that they worship in a time-honored tradition. Tradition, unfortunately, doesn’t always stand the test of time as we will examine in this article. Here are 15 abandoned churches from around the world.

Significance of Abandoned Churches

All of the churches below have historical prominence and are known famously among the people in their respective areas. These places might make a decent tourism spot but some have also taken interest in them as a haunted place; since they had been abandoned and no one has been residing in these churches. Nonetheless, these churches are of archaeological interest as well since their remains tell so many tales about the past.

 

Belgium

Where once stood a proud monument to faith, now sits an abandoned church, devoid of inspiration. This Cistercian monastery, located in Notre Dame, was burned down during the French Revolution in 1793 for its hospitality toward the Austrian troops.

Belgium - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Belgium / Dennis Jarvis, Flickr

Lisbon, Portugal

Such beautiful arches designed to bring glory to God sit unattended. Ruins of The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel(Igreja do Carmo) was destroyed in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

Lisbon, Portugal - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Lisbon, Portugal / Bert Kaufmann, Flickr

Chicago, IL

The Windy City perhaps took away the parishioners of this abandoned church. St Laurence Church and school was closed down by the Archdiocese in 2002 for dwindling membership.

Chicago, IL - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Chicago, IL / Ashley Diener, Flickr

Angola

A missing bell indicates that there are no more joyful noises being uttered in this the abandoned church. The Church of Monserrate is located near Quibaxe Ngonguembo.

Angola - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Angola / jbdodane, Flickr

Edinburgh, Scotland

A few patrons come to see the residuals of this abandoned church. Holyrood Abbey has been abandoned since the 18th century but is currently protected as a monument.

Edinburgh, Scotland - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Edinburgh, Scotland / smilla4, Flickr

Tsqaltubo, Georgia

Not the one in the United States, this a now abandoned church only nurtures moss, not souls. The Ruins of King’s palace in Georgia, Geguti were a product of the Georgian-Turkic wars.

Tsqaltubo, Georgia - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Tsqaltubo, Georgia / Berdo Maghularia, Flickr

County Meath, Ireland

This abandoned church was the victim of St. Patricks infamous fire in 433 A.D. It was then a 16th Century monastery on the Hill of Slane.

County Meath, Ireland - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: County Meath, Ireland / Holly Hayes, Flickr

Armenia

This abandoned church could double as a set from the Lord of the Rings, specifically the Mines of Moria where many Dwarves had perished in battle. Not a scene to inspire the celebration of life. Haghphat Monastery has suffered a bevy of attacks and earthquakes, one as recently as 1988.

Armenia - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Haghpat, Armenia / Lorenzoclick, Flickr

Quecholac, Mexico

This abandoned church was a former convent.

Quecholac, Mexico - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World. Source: Quecholac, Mexico / rageforst æsthir, Flickr

Hampshire, England

The sun is constantly hidden as well as followers of this abandoned church. Once known as Netley Abbey, Sir William Paulet inherited it from William VIII and turned it into a mansion.

Hampshire, England - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Hampshire, England / JackPeasePhotography, Flickr

Germany

There are much more dark days in store for this abandoned church which resides in a small town called, Lippstadt.

Germany - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Lippstadt, Germany / Thomas Mues, Flickr

Greece

The sun set on the last days of this abandoned church a long time ago. The remains are known as Jesus Christ of Jerusalem / Ruins of Temple Dilos Apollo.

Greece - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Khorion, Greece / Vicky Tsavdaridou, Flickr

Ireland

The luck of the Irish wasn’t enough to save this abandoned church from o.bscurity. Corcomroe Abbey began to fall to ruin due to the monks being unable to caretake the grounds on account of the political climate.

Ireland - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Ireland / Walt Hubis, Flickr

Ireland

Unkempt pillars were not enough to support the followers of this abandoned church, located in Rathcormac. The birds seemed to have found a home, however.

Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Rathcormac, Cork, Ireland / Alison Killilea, Flickr

Suffolk, England

The graveyard in the foreground tells the story of the worshippers of this abandoned church. St. Andrews of Covehithe found itself in troubling times whe it parishioners were no longer able to keep up the maintenance in 1672.

England Suffolk - Abandoned Churches

15 Abandoned Churches From Around The World Source: Suffolk, England / David Merrett, Flickr

Most of the churches were destroyed or damaged by humans such as the church in Belgium, which was burnt down during the French Revolution. Or the one in Tsqaltubo which became a victim of war and now tells tales about its unpleasant past. Some of the churches became quarry to both man and nature, as the Haghphat Monastery in Armenia. And a few were only spoiled due to lack of care or natural causes, just like the church in Rathcormac, Ireland. Its pillar became too feeble to hold its own weight and ultimately became a part of the natural habitat. Whether it be through financial instability, political discourse, or a simple loss of faith, these churches have seen better days. These are a symbol that at one point, the people of their indigenous area at one point thought of something higher than themselves.

The churches and monasteries might seem very unpleasant but factually speaking, most of them are worthy of a visit. They possess astounding beauty for photography and for tourism purposes. In such abandoned places, nature always seems to take over the remains and convert the obnoxious acts of humans into a work of art of Mother Nature. A few of such churches have unstable structure and is it deemed dangerous to go inside them. And about those churches who were burned down or destroyed, causing innocent lives to end, have a ghostly smudge in their atmosphere.

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