Abandoned churches for other purposes

vickylass By vickylass, 12th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The project of the Churches Conservation Trust in UK will help to maintain their heritage that belongs to the people.

Abandoned churches for other purposes

I strongly agree on the project of the Churches Conservation Trust from UK to let abandoned churches be used for other purposes, restoring and maintaining them. Why not? If these churches aren´t used for regular worship, why not to let people use them for classes, workshops or even for travellers to sleep in them? It is sensible and the use will help to keep them well.
I´ve travelled in many parts of Spain and I´ve found many abandoned churches, convents and chapels along my way that were left to be ruined because of the elements. All of them were decaying and had been pray of weeds, rats and litter.
I still remember vividly that chapel that is just outside the village of Caracenilla in the rural area that is known as the Alcarria Conquense near from the monumental city of Cuenca in Spain. It stands on top of a hill surrounded by magnificent sunflower fields. When I visited this spot, I found a most beautiful building despite that it was fairly ruined. The main wrought iron gate was rusty to let way inside. It seemed that people had used it to sleep in it, because there were food leftovers and as though they had lit a fire. High up on the beams, some birds had made their nest...
What a pity of that beautiful chapel that was getting ruined silently and pity of all the other abandoned churches, chapels and convents that are abandoned, offering no use other than a place for birds to build their nests or a shelter for the night to anyone who has passed by them.
Such a project would help to keep a country rich heritage and to stop soil speculation by greedy developers.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. June 12th 2015.


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author avatar Bridget o sullivan
12th Jun 2015 (#)

This is a very thoughtful reflectful piece . I too agree that the abandoned churches would be ideal for Friendship clubs, , counseling , meeting places for various activities, run by voluntary groups and perhaps soup kitchens to feed the homeless and poor .

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author avatar Retired
12th Jun 2015 (#)

Nice post, Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
12th Jun 2015 (#)

There are many examples in the UK of former church buildings that have found other uses, both public and private. Old non-conforrmist chapels make excellent living accommodation if properly converted, for example.

The country also has many examples of abandoned religious buildings from centuries ago, such as the monasteries that were "dissolved" by King Henry VIII. Many of these were "recycled" when local people made good use of the building stone to build their own houses, barns and walls - nothing really went to waste, even though the original buildings were left as romantic ruins.

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