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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 GRAND ENTRANCE

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

Statues

Statues

You would never believe that this place was disused and abandoned would you? Well it is! A stunning former monastery church in Europe.

Solemnity

Solemnity

A hearse collapses inside a derelict monastery in Italy.

Golden Light

Golden Light

A detailed and pretty chapel at the rear of a huge mansion in Italy.

ANGE DÉCHU

ANGE DÉCHU

The beautiful former Gothic chapel in the south of France that was over-grown for many a year.

ANGE DÉCHU NORD

ANGE DÉCHU NORD

The north face of the same gothic chapel in France.

The White Rose

The White Rose

A stunning former chapel left to rot in rural France. Gothic in style and makes a lovely set with another one that I shot in March 2016.

The Rainbow

The Rainbow

A stunning rainbow coloured chapel in France. We weren't sure that we would get in originally on a freezing cold morning.

Eglise de désintégration

Eglise de désintégration

After two failed attempts in 2014 & 2015, we finally made it inside this amazing former church in Belgium.

GREEN HUES

GREEN HUES

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

Blue Acceso

Blue Acceso

The stunning color on the inside of a religious school chapel in Italy.

Scaffold

Scaffold

Purple & Blue hues in this former monastery in Italy, shot in 2015.

The Arches

The Arches

A lovely grey chapel that I shot on a boiling hot day in Portugal in 2016.

The wooden Box

The wooden Box

A small wooden chapel in rural Poland, shot in 2016 - the light beams here were a pleasure to shoot.

THE CRUCIFIXION

THE CRUCIFIXION

The uneven wooden chapel that sits disused out in Poland.

THE CRUCIFIXTION PART II

THE CRUCIFIXTION PART II

Somewhat stripped former church in Northern England.

AND IT WAS ALL YELLOW

AND IT WAS ALL YELLOW

The tubes create a lovely shape inside this former church in the North of England.

THE DOME

THE DOME

This heavily decaying building in the UK was once a theater before converting into a church

Calvinstic

Calvinstic

A jesters chapel in the West of England, United Kingdom that has seen better days.

Burnt Out

Burnt Out

A former chapel in Wales with smoke and fire damage, shot in 2016.

Fraudulent Activity

Fraudulent Activity

A disused chapel in Southern Wales, UK.

SUBSIDENCE

SUBSIDENCE

The stunning roof is what is left sitting inside this former chapel in wales

PASTELS & PEWS

PASTELS & PEWS

The lovely tones of this small Welsh chapel drew me to shoot it.

DISTINGUISHED GREENS

DISTINGUISHED GREENS

This beautiful colour pallet sits on the walls of a small chapel in Wales.

The detail

The detail

A detailed shot of the same chapel and the piano that lays in ruin up front.