Behold our latest obsession with beautiful abandoned buildings. Urban photographer spent three years capturing these across Europe.
"I find it very interesting to see how different countries have their own way of constructing these religious places," Robroek says on his blog. "The architecture differs a lot which is fascinating."
Here, a look at some of his most breathtaking photos of empty churches.
This beautiful abandoned church in Italy was built around the end of the 18th-century. Blue tones give the ruin a sweet look, Robroek told ElleDecor.com.
Built halfway through the 19th century, this church was once part of a college for priests in France. “Finding approved teachers was quite the challenge and around the 70s in the 20th century the college was left abandoned,” Robroek told ElleDecor.com.
This church in Germany, built in the 20th century, unfortunately has a sad history. It was part of a complex used during World War II to place handicapped and Jewish children, many of whom died here, Robroek told ElleDecor.com. After the war the English people used the complex as a nursing home for the soldiers for about 20 years. Then, it was used as a school until about 25 years ago. Since then it’s been abandoned.
At the end of the 19th century this beautiful chapel, now in renovation in France, was first built, Robroek told ElleDecor.com. Today, the old Gothic style architecture is being taken over by immense greenery.
“Chapels and churches are among my favorite abandoned places to visit because of the secrecy of what’s going on ‘behind’ the altar,” Robroek says on his blog. “I get to check every room and run into the most amazing things.”
This chapel in France was once part of a huge castle complex, which was first built in the 17th century and completed in the early 18th century. For more than 10 years the owners have been trying to sell the place, but they haven't found a buyer yet, Robroek told ElleDecor.com.
“Places like these can be very old, carrying lots of history with them,” Robroek says on his blog. “I believe that each place tells its own story.” Capturing this series, the photographer came across everything from old clothing to ancient books as well as tools used during services.
“The opportunity to take a peek behind closed doors is a truly unique experience, both relaxing and enticing at the same time,” Robroek says on his site. The photographer specializes in capturing interiors and exteriors of a variety of abandoned buildings, working with natural light only.
“Some of these buildings were a walk in the park, everything was open and no-one was looking after it anymore,” Robroek says on his blog. Others not so much. “There is one place for example where I spent 45 minutes on a steep road in the Italian mountains trying to reach it.”
This chapel in France was part of a cloister, which only had about 4 rooms. The cloister had been built in the early 14th century, but was sadly destroyed in the 19th century. Several elements of the original cloister were later returned, Robroek told ElleDecor.com, and used to rebuild it based on the former layout.