EGLISE DES CAUSES DESESPERES

EGLISE DES CAUSES DESESPERES

The “church of desperate causes” is a truely appropriate ‘urbex’ name for this desecrated church. The building, which was once so important for this small community, is in a very lamentable condition. It was not for naught that it was declared inaccessible by the fire brigade. It feels like you might get some debris  on your head at any give moment. Since 2010 there have been rumors that the church would be demolished, but by mid-2018 it is still deteriorating. The church was built in Romanesque style in 1921 for the ever-growing miners’ population, mainly from Flanders.


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GREEN WORLD

GREEN WORLD

This large farm is one of the buildings in a park around a chateau, including the caretaker’s house. It is located within the castle domain, northeast of the castle.  The farm consists of anchored brick buildings under saddle roofs (decorative red and black Flemish tiles), set around an inner courtyard. The farm dates back largely to the fourth quarter of the 19th century. The south wing is formed by beautiful conservatory and aviary, now overgrown by weeds, which gave rise to the pseudonym “Green World”. The chapel that was added to the north wing is much more recent. 

The last photo is an inside view of the separate chapel in the forest to the south of the farm. This was originally the ice cellar. It dates from the fourth quarter of the 19th century and was established as a chapel in the beginning of the 1990′s. The octagonal pavilion of brick and knotty wood stands on a plinth of local iron sandstone. The plastered interior contains recycled neo-Gothic high reliefs from a West Flemish abbey. The stained-glass windows were recuperated from an unspecified demolished Walloon church.


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