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  1. USA Rubble Church Sept 2015

    My American adventure rumbles on...and boy does this place have a story! The day I arrived in America, my cohorts for the first weekend were already exploring Gary and noted down this place as they were driving past. The time came for us to venture back to Gary as a big group and this one was on the list to check out. By this time we had been joined by an additional pair of faces so our ever-increasing group now numbered nine, which in a city as dangerous as Gary really isn't too bad an idea all things considered. We parked our cars on some waste ground and assembled out the front, eyeing up the large section of building that had collapsed to the ground at some point not too long ago, weighing up whether it was safe enough to make a dash up the rubble and into the first floor. We also were paying close attention to the replacement church built when this one closed, built pretty much next door. We decided against the run up the precarious-looking pile of debris and instead one of our group found an alternate way in and kindly opened the door for us. Inside there isn't a huge amount to see as most of it must have ended up in the new church, but the cross built into the ceiling was very cool and the balcony still retained all it's seats. There were also two full wardrobes full of clothes used by the church, which me and one of my friends spent time wandering around in for a laugh. Overall in a city full of trashed, burnt out and ruined locations it was very nice to see something kind of intact. Now comes the interesting part. Remember how I said next door was the new church? Well, unbeknown to us at the time, one of my friends had ventured back outside and was taking photos of the front when a pair of ladies approached him from the new church. They got talking and it turned out one of them was the pastor. During the talk, he frantically sent one of us a text saying 'whatever you do, DON'T come outside now' but this didn't reach all of us. I was waiting in the main church to get a shot facing the balcony and slowly everyone dispersed, after which I packed up and joined the others in a big stream heading out the front door right in front of the pastor! The look on her face was amazing, she didn't know what to think. I was the last out, and she asked us how we got inside to which I nonchalantly replied 'the door was ajar' in my best British accent She was cool after all that, once she saw we had cameras and weren't out to steal things. She was asking us if all the glass and radiators were still inside, and after saying that the door needed a chain on it she and her associate from the church went in to check things out. We took that moment to run away, we ran and dived into our various cars and drove off and everyone shared much laughter later at my answer to the 'how did you get in?' question Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659234990700
  2. I'd forgotten about this set for quite a while First location on the big ass bergwerk trip. No history sadly, sometimes it's hard to get the information on these euro sites. Proper nice church though, it's a shame all the pews are smashed up. I have seen some pictures from 2013 and everything was in place. The pictures here are older so they may not be as up to scratch as recent Here they are: cheers
  3. USA Big Blue Church Sept 2015

    I am back from my third set of misadventures over the large pond. A few weeks full of plenty of ups, downs, arounds and arounds involving narrowly avoiding getting arrested twice, encounters with local pastors, taggers and the smashy crew, dropping my camera, avoiding golfists, making random discoveries, some truly awful weather and other eventful things. More on all of those whenever I get the relevant photos up. This place however falls squarely under the 'random discoveries' bracket. Whilst driving to another location I spotted a large building in the distance missing some tiles off the roof. As we got closer it revealed itself to be a church, and to be even more telling that it was indeed empty where there was once a bulbous steeple there was now nothing, like it had just been cut off. Spotting an invitingly obvious way in right on the street we spun the car around, parked up and ventured in, with none of us knowing what to expect. Needless to say when I saw the interior it took my breath away. What a place to stumble across. Finding a flyer in a rear room we found that the church had only been empty for around a year although at the end of it's life it must have been in a pretty dodgy state, the corner where the steeple once stood is rotten to the core with water ingress. And that is where we thought it would have ended, another abandoned American church. However, once we ventured into the basement we were confronted with what looked like a brand new door. Perplexed we pushed it open and walked into the space being used as a replacement/temporary church in place of the closed one upstairs! Not knowing if anyone was around we backed out fairly quick and made our escape. As it stands it is one of the most beautifully complete and untrashed churches I have photographed. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659543135561 Loads more stuff to come from the USA over the next week.
  4. HISTORY: The church was built to a design of architect Carl Gotthard Langhans author of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Built in 1796 until 1797 in an elliptical shape with dimensions of about 20x30 meters. Bell tower has been added later in 1872 with a design of local architect Peter Gansel. This church was (and it still is) unique in the global scale. It was used by local Evangelical community up to 1945. After the departure of the German inhabitants the church remained in good condition, but has not been used as intended: - It has been used as a sheepfold, then fell into disrepair what lead to complete ruin, - Local residents treated the church as a source of building materials. To protect it from total disaster all entrances and windows has been walled. PRESENT: In July 17, 2013 the Warsaw foundation "Your Heritage" acquired it from the municipality church and cemetery and began efforts to obtain funds for the reconstruction of decaying monument. January 31, 2014 obtained the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the amount of 200 000 zloty, ( you can by a flat for that ammount of money, it's about 50.000 pounds ) which made it possible to start reconstruction work on 24 June 2014. EXPLORE: I visited this Church with some colleagues in 2013, during our trip to South-East Germany. Explore was easy, you just have to squeeze thru small hole in the wall and that's it. No security, no warning signs, no cctv... So that's how it was, since then it's now foundation property, and the first thing they do is to repair the roof. If anyone want's to help with reconstruction you can do this by entering this site: http://www.twojedziedzictwo.pl/eng/index.html and donating some money. This church is no longer available to public, however i saw some pictures from 2015 so maybe it's possible to get inside after getting permission. PHOTOS: If you got that far please check this short HDR timelapse video https://vimeo.com/16414140 , made by Patrick Kizny you will be amazed ! That's my first report on this forum, hope you guys enjoyed it ! Regards from Bristol
  5. France E.T. Church - August 2015

    Hi all .. This was one awesome church to explore! The colors, the architecture! Never seen a church like this before, unfortunately this one i closed right now but we were lucky we went there just a few weeks before they closed is. Still doable only with permission. Hope you enjoy my set! Pictures : 001 : E.T. Church (1) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 002 : E.T. Church (2) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 003 : E.T. Church (3) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 004 : E.T. Church (4) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 005 : E.T. Church (5) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 006 : E.T. Church (6) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr Ciaoo
  6. Explore: Well this was a last minute day trip to belgium with a non-member. Was a stupidly long day, but I'm so glad I went. One of the places we visited was the Blue Christ Church. Such a lovely place, despite the overwhelming smell of pigeon shit! Bumped into some fellow explorers, but unfortunately were't members on here I was a bit like a kid on christmas with it being my first euro trip, so got a little snap happy and that definitely reflects within the quality of my shots, but was had an amazing time nonetheless! Pictures... As always, thanks for looking!
  7. Rainbow Church is a brick built Catholic place of worship in the Netherlands. The entire building is a giant triangular-shaped arch with the brickwork exposed inside. The arch shape is concentrically repeated several times in the altar. The church has now been closed for a few years. Visited a Monkey of the Spiderous variety. 1. Cross on red carpet leading to the altar 2. Cross on carpet 3. Wider view of altar 4. Tall view of altar 5. The altar in the sanctuary 6. Rainbows from which the church takes its name 7. Table to one side of the church 8. View from the top 9. View down the church from the back 10. Staircase 11. A mysterious box 12. Store room
  8. Explored this one on my own, and i hate to explore on my own! I was in this area and gave it a try. Not much photos, hope you enjoy it. Pictures : 001 : TheHollowChurch (1) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 002 : TheHollowChurch (2) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 003 : TheHollowChurch (4) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr Ciaoo
  9. I stumbled across this local(ish) church whilst searching for something else. So me and the dog went for a walk. Both entrances to the lanes had electric gates with intercom, layby and through the field it was then. Overgrown, locked tight and to fat for the tiny window I grabbed a few gopro and phone shots then went home. The tiny redundant church of St Nicholas, consisting of a nave and chancel, is down a lane south of Glentworth. The church, medieval in origin, was restored in 1869 and most of what you see externally is of that date. The church was made redundant in 1975 and sold into private hands and is now used as a store. I spy with my little eye! Thanks me friends
  10. Explored with Raz & a non member Bit of history from Raz (being an info pirate again) Designed by JB Chantrell, St. Paul's was completed in 1846 in an Early English style featuring a large gothic tower overlooking the village of Denholme. The constructions of the church cost £3,700 in total, a number that would have been significantly higher if not for the members of the parish contributing to the construction in their spare time. St Paul's Church was granted grade II listed status meaning that it may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority, but in 1997, soon after it's 150th anniversary the ceiling and roof were deemed unsafe and the church closed soon after this for repairs. Upon further inspection the repairs needed were found to be extensive and with great reluctance the building and part of the churchyard were put up for sale. Although the old church building is now closed (and ruined) the graveyard is still open to new burials. Explore; So this old girl has been on the list for quite some time now but has always been put off for other things. While sploring an old quarry in the area we decided to take a wander over. As you can see the place is wrecked but that roof is beautiful Photos; Quality isn't the best because i've taken them off my facebook page; my camera decided to reformat the memory card and relieve me of 600 photos. Dont you just love technology!! As always, thanks for looking
  11. Belgium Church of envy 2015

  12. a forgotten church in east germany 1. Church not Found 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Church not Found 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Church not Found 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Church not Found 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Church - not found... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  13. From the last Euro Jupilerrrrrrr Tour, visited with The Baron of Scotland and Mega Magpie Masa! Thanks for looking
  14. Number four of my hundreds of back logged reports to do! Can i first of all apologise for the angle of my images, these were taken on my S5 Visited with -Raz- and 2 non members on our trip around Lancashire. The Explore; At first we were sure we werent going to get into this building as every door, door window, nook and cranny seemed to be well secured. However after a quick stroll we found an access point. Once inside we made our way through what resembled a working mens club but we paid little attention to this until we were leaving, as we were dying to see the main hall. After a quick scope around we found the hall and all went our seperate ways to each take in the location as we wanted. this building has the tell tale signs of small scale looting by either pikeys or other undesirables but is for the most part a very tidy location and makes for a good explore! Unfortunately we only had limited time on this location as we needed to do another before returning to Yorkshire so a revsit is well needed! Bit of background; Greenbank synagogue was built in 1936 to a design by architect Alfred Ernest Shennan and consecrated on August 15,1937. It became a refuge for homeless families in the Blitz. This historic city synagogue which closed after 70 years has been saved for future generations. The building shut for good on January 8 after its congregation dwindled to fewer than 40, with only one service being held a week. But its survival is now assured after its listed building status was upgraded to Grade II*, putting it on a par with Croxteth Hall and the Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings. English Heritage agreed the change after a plan emerged to convert the concrete, steel and brick building into apartments. The organisation’s report described the synagogue as “one of the finest art deco synagogues in the countryâ€. It added: “It has an important socio-historic significance as an inter-war synagogue of 1936-7 that represents one of the last free cultural expressions of European Jewry before the Holocaust.†The upgrading from grade II to II* status puts the former synagogue in the top 5% of all listed buildings in the country Now for some photos; Thanks for looking Find more on my page @ www.facebook.com/seldomseenworldue
  15. This little church has sat lonely for a few years, money dried up and it has basically been left to decay, yippeee. Well not for them but yes for me. I loved this little place, lots of atmosphere too. Haven't actually got any history so I am basically making it up as I am going along and the more I type the more interesting it looks There were a few there that day like us trying to get in but only we managed it because we rock! We waited ..... and waited......and waited.... pretending to take pics of trees, gravestones and his car which was nicely parked up in a meadow. There were dogs, I fucking hate dogs. Barking as soon as we got out of the car, every time they saw any of us they barked. So basically after pretending to be avid nature photographers we made our entry, obviously if you've read any of my other posts explores are never uneventful haha. This explore was no exception. Got in quickly allthough clambering through something that I really shouldn't have been able to get my body through was slightly uncomfortable, sealed entry so we could stay undetected and off we went to start snapping. It is only a small church but has lots of character. I loved everything about it, especially the stained glass. I did at one point stand up on the pulpit and read an extract to HT who did actually stop and listen for a few seconds before pissing himself laughing because I had put on my posh voice. It was all going allright until someone tried the door handle,we just looked at each other and thought oh fuck, luckily we were inbetween the pulpit and the organ, bit of a tight squeeze, funny as fuck trying not to make any noise. The windows were low too so trying to stay hidden was hard. Thankfully they buggered off, whoever it was and left us to it. It was an amazing little place with a hell of a lot of prettiness. Anyway, pics. Pretty little thing Absolutely loved this One of us posing Time for a sermon That gap between the organ and wall... yep thats where we hid hahahaha. Surprised I got my arm in there!! Enjoy & thanks for looking
  16. UK Rifle Church - Essex - June 2015

    This is a little church in Essex, has been redundant for quite some time. By the looks of it no one has been in there for a while as the dust was building up, to say my OCD was coming in to effect was a bit of an understatement, I just wanted to get my feather duster out and give it a polish up. Now looked after by the conservation trust people, whoever they are but being pretty desolate I don't think it gets much attention. The grounds were quite unkempt too. Anyway, this is a little place I had found not long before, I liked the look of it and with having a few hours to spare decided to crack on and see what it was like in the flesh. Parked the car up quite far away as the main road to it wasn't suitable for my stupidly lowered car, again! Got my stuff together for a little walk, had my google earth on so I knew where I was going and reached a foresty area. Looked pretty dense, started walking through, all the time I am texting my boyfriend too. Then I came across a sign "No access beyond this point - LIVE SHOOTING IN PROGRESS" ... The inner kid in me got a bit excited. I texted him and told him I had to walk through a rifle range, I don't think he quite believed me until I sent the picture I think this worried him a little so I told him I would pretend to be a bush :D Got through the dense shit, looked up, made sure it was clear and fucking legged it!! It wasn't too far but fuck was my heart beating. The church was only 5 or so minutes walk out of the other side so I was almost there. Got inside, got my camera out, left the camera cards on the seat of my car Had to go back through the range, forgetting completely about the road that run along side of it which I couldn't get my car down. Time was running out and I didn't care much for the sump on my car and drove it back down that road to the church. I finally made it inside with a camera I could use. There is NEVER a dull moment haha! Moral of the story, don't be a twat and remember the road runs right up to it!! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  17. On the way back to Dunkirk I happened across this in a little town/village called Verberie. It looked like an old derelict church & vicarage but once inside it became clear that at some stage it was an Antiques warehouse. The pictures on Google Earth show it inhabited but it's not like that anymore. There were other buildings on the plot but they were too overgrown with brambles which become like razor wire in the warmer weather. Pics Ornate gate to an inaccessible house. Clutter Inside the church the 1st floor was done in chipboard which now constituted the floor at ground level. Old spiral staircase in corner. Inside the Vicarage. Interesting ornament on the fire surround. Upstairs was mostly cleaned out. And through the door to... Not going up there. Out buildings Full set https://www.flickr.com/photos/infraredd/sets/72157654286344958 Thanks for looking.
  18. Not much history on this weirdly superb explore, situated in the rolling hills of Scotland, a country estate owner created a mini religious haven / retreat for himself. This small report is over 3 of the buildings within the estate, first up... The Garden Room The Chapel The Residence Thanks for looking
  19. It was called the "church of the pigeons" for the big amount of xxxx inside. But now its roof has been renovated and the pigeons have gone away. Back to its beauty. 1 I see you 2 I breathe your sins 3 Charity 4 No more pigeons
  20. visited here with woopashoopaa was a really nice and relaxed visit after a failed attempt at another place on the way here.this place has so many nice features still intact so please be kind to this place ok heres a bit of history and a few pics thanks for looking... St Saviour's Parish Church New Line, Bacup The origins of St. Saviour's At Stubbylee Hall, Bacup, lived Mr. John Holt, J.P., a Christian man with a real concern for the spiritual needs of the people living on his estate around the Lee Mill area. His dreams of building a church were not fulfilled in his own lifetime. When St. John's fell into a state of extreme disrepair and collapse a committee was formed to rebuild it but progress in making the necessary arrangements was so slow that one of the members of the committee, Mr. James Maden Holt (the son of Mr. John Holt) withdrew and determined to go ahead with the building of a church at Stubbylee. After obtaining the consent of the incumbent of St. John's, the Rev. B. Tweedale, and of the Bishop of the diocese to the assignment of a district for the proposed new church, Mr. Holt looked round for a suitable clergyman to tackle the undertaking. He learned that the Rev. William Whitworth, Vicar of St. Jude's, Ancoats, was willing to accept the onerous task of working up the new- parish and invited him to be the first vicar. Mr. Whitworth was duly licensed and began his labours in an old mill at Rockliffe. It was intended that these premises should be only temporary so very few alterations were made. The floor was covered with sawdustand benches mounted on bricks were used as pews. Worship commenced there in 1854. Work now began on the Sunday School building in New Line and was completed in 1858. The congregation and scholars were called together for a final address by Mr. Whitworth in Rockliffe Mill. A procession then formed and marched to the new school, which was opened by Mr. Whitworth who gave a further address. The upper part of the school was used as a church for the next few years. The vicarage was built next and Mr. Whitworth took up residence there about 1860, shortly before the building of the church commenced. The church was consecrated on Monday, the 23rd of January, 1865, by the Lord Bishop of Manchester, the Right Rev. J. Fraser, and was designated "St. Saviour's, Bacup". Representatives of the local Wesleyan, Baptist and Independent churches were present at the service. The cost of the erection of the church, school and vicarage was borne entirely by Mr. James Maden Holt and amounted, as near as can be ascertained, to £8,000, £2,000 and £1,400 respectively, exclusive of the value of the sites. The new church The architect employed by Mr. Maden Holt was E. Wyndham Tarn of London. The church, 120 ft. long and 53 ft. wide was built in the Early Pointed Gothic style from stone quarried on Mr. Holt's estate with pillars of polished red granite. Seating accommodation was provided for 1,000 people. The tower, which stands on the north side of the chancel, is surmounted by a spire 150 ft. in height. A small transept was built on the south side of the church. It was used originally as a pew for the Holt family but later the font was transferred to this chapel from its former position in the chancel. The church contains a baptistry for the immersion of adults. It is sunk in the chancel floor and is covered by an ornamental grating. The above information was obtained from the 1865 - 1965 Centenary Handbook When the Reverend Eddie Ashworth retired in 1999 the parish became a joint benifice with Holy Trinity Church, Stacksteads. The Church held it's final service in October 2007 and the parish merged with Holy Trinity, Tunstead.
  21. The church once belonged to a boarding school, which was used from 1920 as a Roman Catholic school and later as ballet school. The main building served most recently as Islamic School, which was closed in 2007. Visited together with skeleton key, Lara & MiaroDigital. After we got caught by a caretaker, we waited a while and went into it later. The photos of the school, I'll show another time. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
  22. The derelict Miranda’s Church in Yorkshire. After hearing a few people make reference to this place having some features, namely the ceiling which were similar to the ones at Castle Miranda aka Château Noisy I had to check it out. Visited with Andy K of Behind Closed Doors for a relatively local explore. Quite happy with this place the ceiling was pretty stunning and I can see the similarities which people mentioned. The church itself is pretty knackered, not sure what will ultimately happen to the place. The structure could probably be salvaged if someone acted quickly however I expect this one will stand abandoned for sometime and ultimately fall apart. On with the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Higher res copies of the above photos and more on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/01/18/urbex-mirandas-church-aka-blue-church-yorkshire-united-kingdom-august-2014/
  23. Mount St Marys Roman Catholic Church built by architect and inventor Joseph Hansom. In 1829 the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed, and in 1850 the Catholic hierarchy was restored in England with the country being divided into dioceses, each with a Bishop. There followed the construction of many fine churches and cathedrals. Mount St Mary's is one of the architectural treasures of the city of Leeds. It is a grade two (starred) listed building dating from 1852. The church stands high on the crest of a Hill and can be seen from many parts of the city. The slope below the church had been known for hundreds of years as 'the Bank'. For many, Mount St Mary's is the Famine Church, the original chapel was established at a time when Ireland was only beginning to recover from the Great Hunger brought on by the failure of the potato crop in successive years from 1845 to 1851. Hundreds of families, many of them suffering from the effects of starvation and 'famine fever’, found home in what became Mount St Mary's parish. Mount Saint Mary's stands in a district of Leeds, this high ground dominates Leeds and had originally been used as farmland but by the late 1840's it had developed into an industrial area densely packed with mills and workshops whose tall chimneys billowed out smoke which all but obliterated the sun and choked the air. As the church sits on Richmond Hill, it is exposed to strong winds. In December 1894 and February 1962, the church was damaged and needed to be repaired. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the church was renovated. Major repairs and renovation also took place from 1980 to 1981. In 1953, during renovation work, an old coal mine was discovered underneath the church. A mine shaft, that could be accessed through the sacristy, was blocked off during the church's construction. Leeds Council had no records of the mine, but it did confirm a local suspicion that a nearby coal mine once existed. A study by Leeds City Council in August 2007 recorded that more than one mine exists, at three different levels, dating from the late 1600s to 1877. With the parish population shrinking and the cost of maintaining the church increasing, the Oblates decided to withdraw from the parish. The bill of repairing the church was estimated to be £1.5 million, which was considered to be too expensive for a church with a reduced congregation. In June 1989, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate handed over administration of the parish to the Diocese of Leeds. It was deconsecrated on the departure of the Oblates. Together they worked to sell the church and hoped that it would still be function in a different role for the local community. In 1996, it was sold to Sanctuary Housing Trust for a nominal amount. Since its sale it has remained unused. Scaffolding is visible around the church, showing that only essential repairs to make the building structurally safe have been carried out. Visited with Mr Common zero urbex something on the wettest day that year I reckon oh and only had phone and dying gopro and G7x, so only snap shots, revisit needed. Was 4 or fifth explore of the day, be nice to hit this in the morning with the sun coming up. Thanks for looking folks
  24. Just noticed a lot of topics posted lately on this location but hey ho here is mine. The Church of our Saviour Visited with: Alex & Klare Visit date: February 2015 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History The church was consecrated on the 23rd of January 1865 and held its final service in October 2007. The build cost was £8,000 for the church & the nearby school and vicarage. The church was built in the Early Pointed Gothic style with polished red granite pillars & seating was supplied for around 1,000 people. The church spire located on the north side stands at around 150 ft in height. There is also a small baptism pool that is sunk into the floor and was covered by an ornamental grate and the carpet when not in use. Since it's closure in October 2007 repairs to the roof have been made on several occasions which has helped to keep the church in a good condition, however, the future of the church is still uncertain at this time and decay is slowly setting in. My Visit To say I was looking forward to visiting here would have been an understatement, I was excited! This was the first church that I explored and I knew it was going to be one to remember. As we were walking up to the church I was just hoping we would be get to see the beauty inside, however, I should not have worried as we just walked straight in! We headed straight up the stairs to the balcony area and I just stood there with what must have been a huge smile on my face looking at the beauty in front of me. If there is one thing I love about churches it is the architecture & the craftsmanship that goes into creating these beautiful buildings. After a few minutes of taking in the beauty we started to unpack our camera gear and set about doing what we love. Then, we noticed that the carpet at the top of the church was pulled back to reveal the baptism pool so, myself and Alex decided to go and cover it back over to make for nicer photos. We told Klare to be careful as not to step on it and fall down as the last thing we need is anyone getting hurt. My first photo was taken from the balcony looking into the church. Then all I have to do to find another opportunity for a photo is turn around! After taking the above photos I headed down the stairs to grab some ground floor shots. As you come down the stairs you have to go through a small kitchen and then you emerge into the main foyer. I loved the windows in this area so I snapped a quick photo before heading into the ground floor of the church. The doors on the left of the photo above lead to the kitchen that you walk through as I mentioned earlier and the doors to the right take you to the main doors of the church. It was very dark in said room but nonetheless I tried to grab a photo, here is the result. So after the foyer it was time to head into the main church, here is the view you see as you walk through the wood and glass dividing wall. I also decided to take another photo with the camera looking up slightly to get a little more of the wood ceiling in the photo. And for good measure I moved forward a little and grabbed a third shot. Before heading towards the front of the church I did as before, I turned around and there was another photo waiting for me! This is looking back towards the balcony where I took the first photo from. So time to head to the front of the church to take a look at the stained glass. I love a nice bit of stained glass and this church is full of it! I know all churches have stained glass but in the derelict churches we get to visit it is rare to see it in such good shape. Also in this area you will find the organ which has seen better days that's for sure. Now, as has happened many times today all I have to do is turn around for another beautiful view to appear, this has to be one of, if not, my favourite photo from the day, just look at that ceiling! As I was walking down the middle aisle towards the front I noticed the Baptism font on my right hand side and made a mental note to go and grab a photo, now trust me when I say that is not a good idea for me to do that because on many occasions my mental note soon gets forgotten! Luckily this time however I remembered. With the main area photographed I started to have a quick look around the side rooms to see if there was anything of interest to photograph. All I found was rooms full of old papers and light bulbs, however, I did spot this window and took a shot, I am very pleased how this one turned out. I love the book on the window sill and decided to name this photo 'The Missing Chapters' because on the right sill you can see where a book was but has now been moved. Now funny story time.... As I mentioned at the beginning of the report there is a small baptism pool in the floor at the front of the church. You know the one myself and Alex decided to cover over with the carpet to make for nicer photos? Anyway.... Just after I took the photo above I heard a thud and then laughter and as I emerged from the room all I could see was Alex in the bottom of the pool! Luckily he was fine and after taking the mickey out of him for a minute or so we decided to start heading out. As we did so I took 2 more images, one of the lectern and one of the pews. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos from photos on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/ Final thoughts So what can I say for my final thoughts.... I think from the report you would not be surprised when I say that I really enjoyed my time here, this was my first explore of a church and it is one I will always remember. The architecture is beautiful and the ceiling is just superb. All I hope for is that this location can be re-used in some way and that it is not left to decay beyond repair because if that happens the bulldozers are not usually that far behind, and to me, that would be a crime! Thanks for reading, Dugie
  25. Italy The Church. 2015

    Sorry for the bad English, I used google translator. La chiesa sconsacrata di San Arsenio nonostante l’indubbio valore artistico, risultata abbandonata dagli anni Cinquanta del secolo scorso. Si tratta di una chiesa di piccole dimensioni, il cui punto di interesse principale è rappresentato dal campanile trecentesco in rovina in stile gotico considerato da alcuni uno degli esempi più interessanti di architettura medievale. Già esternamente è possibile notare quanto il tempo e l’incuria abbiano inciso sulla struttura: il tetto è quasi del tutto mancante, i muri scrostati e risulta persino difficile trovare una via d’accesso sicura. Il degrado ha infatti ormai superato la soglia di guardia, tanto da mettere a repentaglio chiunque transiti sull’attigua strada che conduce al paesino confinante. Entrando nella chiesa, è subito chiaro che la natura e l’abbandono fanno ormai da padroni nell’antico edificio. Le parti mancanti del soffitto sono state sostituite da una volta vegetale, mentre l’edera si arrampica su ciò che resta delle nicchie e delle colonne. Inutile dire che si tratta di un autentico scempio considerando il valore artistico e storico della chiesa di San Arsenio, ma forse è proprio il pessimo stato di conservazione ad accrescere ancora di più il fascino dell’antico edificio. Review. Eleonora P. -------------------------------------------- The deconsecrated church of San Arsenio despite the undoubted artistic value, found abandoned by the fifties of the last century. It is a small church, whose major focus is the fourteenth-century bell tower in ruins in the Gothic style considered by some one of the most interesting examples of medieval architecture. On the outside you can see how much time and neglect have affected the structure: the roof is almost completely missing, peeling walls and is even difficult to find a safe access route. The degradation has in fact already crossed the threshold of the guard, so as to endanger anyone transits in the close road to the neighboring village. Entering the church, it is clear that the nature and neglect have become masters in the old building. The missing parts of the ceiling have been replaced by once vegetable, while the ivy climbs up what remains of the niches and columns. Needless to say, it is a real mess considering the artistic and historical value of the church of San Arsenio, but perhaps it is the poor state of conservation to increase even more the charm of the old building. Review. Eleanor P.