7 Churches Devoured by Lava



Image: Francisco Trinidad photo

The destructive power of a volcano is a terrible sight to behold, yet often the images that stay with us are of the eruptions themselves. However, in various parts of the world, there are some poignant symbols of the lasting ruin volcanoes can cause to the buildings humans have erected in the best of faith – and none more so than images of churches half-buried by volcanic debris.


Image: Riana

Some of the world’s volcanoes have destroyed everything but the bell towers of churches; or the walls, which remain standing – just about. We’ve scoured the globe to bring you these images of churches that were once sanctums but have since been devoured by lava.

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