ALIEN CHURCH

ALIEN CHURCH

The village in which this peculiar little church is located was completely destroyed during the First World War and was initially not supposed to be rebuilt. Thanks to the tenacity of the inhabitants, who formed a close community, the authorities reverted this decision and the reconstruction of the village was made possible. During the Second World War, however, the village was again hit by fate … But yet again the town was reconstructed. The church was designed by architect MQ. The building was completely erected in reinforced concrete and has no visible walls, but seems to consist merely of the roof construction that runs down to the ground. Almost the whole structure was pierced by square openings, which were covered with stained-glass windows in green and purple hues, which provide a special and colorful light…


ALIEN CHURCH

ALIEN CHURCH

The village in which this peculiar little church is located was completely destroyed during the First World War and was initially not supposed to be rebuilt. Thanks to the tenacity of the inhabitants, who formed a close community, the authorities reverted this decision and the reconstruction of the village was made possible. During the Second World War, however, the village was again hit by fate … But yet again the town was reconstructed. The church was designed by architect MQ. The building was completely erected in reinforced concrete and has no visible walls, but seems to consist merely of the roof construction that runs down to the ground. Almost the whole structure was pierced by square openings, which were covered with stained-glass windows in green and purple hues, which provide a special and colorful light…


Hilarius Doorway – 2012

Hilarius Doorway – 2012

The stonework, decorative tiles and stained glass inside this abandoned monastery was absolutely incredible.  I feel so lucky to have been able to photograph this inspirational building.

An abandoned monastery in Belgium.


Hilarius Doorway – 2012

Hilarius Doorway – 2012

The stonework, decorative tiles and stained glass inside this abandoned monastery was absolutely incredible.  I feel so lucky to have been able to photograph this inspirational building.

An abandoned monastery in Belgium.


BYZANTIUM

BYZANTIUM

The economic expansion in the first half of the 19th century, and in particular the construction of a new railway line, led to spectacular population growth in this neighborhood. The parish chapel, where until then the worship services for this parish were held, quickly became too small for the 18,000-soul parish. There was a need for a new, spacious church. The city architect drew the plans, but after disagreement about the stability they were carried out in a simplified form by the city’s building master. The works started in the mid-1850s. Thirteen years later, the church was inaugurated, even though she was unfinished at that moment and would remain so. The tower that had to crown the church on the west side never came.

The style of the church, the so-called ‘Rundbogenstil’, is eclectic with a dominance of Romanesque and Gothic elements. The round arch windows have Romanesque design and Gothic tracery. Groundbreaking in ecclesiastical architecture is the use of cast iron for the main ribs and the three-step arches. The biggest innovation in this is the roof span with two iron polonceauspants, per bay. This roof truss is made up of two under-stressed triangular beams, which are connected by a drawbar. The interior is also predominantly neo-Roman with neo-Gothic decorative elements. The monumental murals, which took more time to paint than the construction of the church itself, give this spectacularly beautiful church an oriental-Byzantine atmosphere.

After having fallen in disuse almost two decades ago, the city has now decided to sell the church to a project developer. Since the whole church and its interior are protected as cultural heritage, the possibilities for another use of the building are rather limited…


Methodist to Madness – 2018

Methodist to Madness – 2018

A rare find in this province indeed, a truly forgotten Methodist church found somewhere along the backroads of Ontario, Canada.

It really is amazing how quickly this church is falling apart, just six years ago this church was pretty much pristine as it was when the final service had taken place.  Due to the deterioration of the roof, the floor has buckled and become soft and spongy, the ceiling has begun to collapse and the black mold growing quickly, sadly this building does not have a lot of time left.


CHURCH OF THE RAVEN

CHURCH OF THE RAVEN

This neo Romanesque church was designed by a Ghent architect and has a basilica plan (high middle nave with lower side aisles). The nave has a remarkable flat, wooden panelled ceiling. Also typical of the (neo) Romanesque style is the choir that opens into an apse with a cul-de-four (vault in the shape of a half dome). The walls of the nave rest on arcades alternately resting on strong pillars and columns with capitals. The tower is planted laterally against the western facade. The green sandstone of Dolhain emphasizes the sobriety and Roman character of this sanctuary, built between 1906 and 1907.

On a Sunday morning in August 2015, the fire brigade had to rush out because the entire bell tower was on fire. The fire turned out to have been caused by copper thieves, who were stealing the copper in the wiring of the tower. The church had been empty for a few years at that time. Due to the inaccessibility of the tower, it took several hours for the fire brigade to master the flames. The damage was considerable. Since the church does not have a protected character, it seems almost inevitable that it will be completely demolished in the near future…


Stained Glass Sickness – 2017The chapel with an incredibly…

Stained Glass Sickness – 2017

The chapel with an incredibly detailed stained glass window inside an abandoned hospital somewhere in Ontario, Canada.


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