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Germany The pilgrim house (visited 04/2017)

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The little house in the middle of a small town was found by chance by a colleague. She told me about it and a few days later we went there together.

 It's near to a pilgrimage route, therefore the name.

 

Judging by the year on a newspaper, it may have been inhabited until the beginning / middle of the 2000s.

The door was open and so access was very easy. Inside, unfortunately, there were hardly any furnishings. But at least an old sewing machine, a cross, a blue staircase and a peacock butterfly still offered a few photogenic subjects.

The floors were completely removed. Possibly it was originally intended to renovate the house and this plan wasn't completed; Or the wooden boards were used elsewhere after leaving. I don't know...

 

 

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