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Domum Dei

A movement away from attending church has been ongoing for several decades now and the numbers of churches, chapels and other religious buildings that are closing their doors every year is increasing. 

In Wales for example, the average Sunday attendance to Church has fallen to below one per cent of the population. In fact, the British have lost faith in religion much faster than many areas of the world with the most recent survey stating that Britain appeared one of the most irreligious countries on earth, with only 30% calling themselves “religious”.

But the movement away from religion is not just here in the United Kingdom as in 2016, it is estimated that over 10,000 churches will close their doors worldwide. 

In this series entitled "Domum Dei" (simply meaning house of god in Latin), I take a look at just a small handful of the forgotten and derelict churches, chapels and religious buildings across Europe.

Series creation: Early 2016 - Early 2017

The Grand Entrance | The stunning stairs that lead up to this huge and dramatic abandoned monastery chapel in France.

The Grand Entrance | The stunning stairs that lead up to this huge and dramatic abandoned monastery chapel in France.

Statues

Statues

Subsidence

Subsidence

Green Hues | A small but detailed former chapel in a large Italian city.

Green Hues | A small but detailed former chapel in a large Italian city.

Golden Light | A detailed and pretty chapel in Italy.

Golden Light | A detailed and pretty chapel in Italy.

The colour palette

The colour palette

ANGE DÉCHU

ANGE DÉCHU

ANGE DÉCHU NORD

ANGE DÉCHU NORD

Turquoise

Turquoise

Distinguished Greens

Distinguished Greens

Pastels & Pews

Pastels & Pews

Crematorium

Crematorium

Damaged

Damaged

Cross-sections

Cross-sections

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

Golden Rainbow

Golden Rainbow

And it was all yellow

And it was all yellow

Blue Acceso

Blue Acceso

The Graveyard

The Graveyard

Calvinstic

Calvinstic

The strong pinks

The strong pinks

Red, White & Green

Red, White & Green

Sunday Service

Sunday Service

The Crucifixtion part deux

The Crucifixtion part deux

The Dome

The Dome

Pot Luck

Pot Luck

Fraudulent Activity

Fraudulent Activity