What Are Some of the World's Most Beautiful Abandoned Churches?


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Some of the world's most beautiful abandoned churches include the Romanian church in the Geam?na village and Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux in Caen, France. Other popular abandoned churches include the Santa Clara-a-Velha monastery in Portugal and St. George's Parish in Bermuda.

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The abandoned church of Geam?na, Romania, was deserted when an open pit copper mine flooded the village with polluted water. The water contains cyanide minerals and makes the flooded town appear to be a reddish lake with only the abandoned church's steeple protruding from the waters.

Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux, or Old St. Stephen's, in Caen, France, is an abandoned medieval church that was partially destroyed during a bombing in 1944. Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux is a Gothic-style church with the nave and the south aisle sections in ruins; the sections that are still standing include the transept, the north aisle and the crossing tower. Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux was initially a Romanesque-style church that was destroyed in the Hundred Years War during the English sieges of 1346 and 1417.

The Santa Clara-a-Velha monastery in Coimbra, Portugal, is a ruined church that is decorated with religious artwork and contains three Gothic tombs including the tomb of Queen Isabel. The church has architecture similar to that of the Monastery of Alcobaça and features pointed barrel vaults in the nave, mullioned Gothic windows and rose windows.

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