7 Creepiest Abandoned Churches

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Image: David Bianciotto

This church is just begging to be explored.

Perhaps it’s their perceived connection with the supernatural that makes abandoned churches so spooky. Or maybe it’s the ancient architecture and dark nooks and crannies that give us the heebie-jeebies. Whatever the reason, though, from small country chapels to grand stone cathedrals, abandoned churches are a thrill to explore.


Image: David Bianciotto

Skylights

The motives for abandoning churches vary. Structural damage and dwindling congregations are just two possibilities. And in some cases, the buildings are set to be reclaimed and used for alternative purposes – like housing or retail. That said, the churches on this list are all unused, splendidly decaying, and wonderfully eerie – which makes them perfect for a spot of photographic urban exploration.

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Image: Scott Haefner

7. Church of the Transfiguration – New York, NY (USA)

Beautiful decay

“A beautiful, abandoned church on Buffalo’s East Side signals the decline of industry and subsequent population decline of a once prosperous city,” says photographer Scott Haefner, who took these pictures of the Church of the Transfiguration. Although the church is in ruins and somewhat forbidding, it’s easy to see that it was once a magnificent construction.

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