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  1. #1
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    July 2017

    Thumbs up Red Church - Germany, 2017

    Red Church #07 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    During one of our urbex trips we came across this derelict church. Already half a century ago this place was abandoned by its parish. And so it has been looted by men and partly conquered by nature... Today the former glance can only be guessed. This brick building never got a real name, and so it is being called “Red Church” till today.

    Gothic Revival by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    This church somewhere in Eastern Germany has been consecrated in 1894. It was built in a neo-Gothic style and characteristics of this era can be discovered everywhere in the nave.

    Red Church #01 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    The church was a project of the townsfolk. Thanks to the sugar beet growing they had become wealthy and full of enthusiasm they decided to use their money and build this Lord's house. Once, there were hundreds of seats in the church. Their old house of prayer from the 10th century was left behind by the parish.

    Red Church #08 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    But the citizens had overextended themselves and the maintenance costs of the big building were extremely high. So the Protestant Christians moved back to their old place of worship and the Red Church had no use anymore.

    Red Church #04 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Since then this church has been falling into disrepair ever more. Parts of the roof have already collapsed and the whole building resembles a ruin now.

    Ruinous by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    The political changes of 1989 awakened new hope. The church went into private hands. But shortly after that, the owner went bankrupt and the building became part of the insolvency estate. Until today, all attempts to safe the church were in vain.

    Call From The Past by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Four years ago the city purchased the church. Now it’s considering the demolition of the site. Half a century after the building has been abandoned. It’s sad to see how the church has been decaying for years. Once it was the pride of the townsfolk but now no one is interested in the place anymore. No one – except urban explorers like us.

    Ceiling Art by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    If you want to see more of this beautiful church feel free to watch our documentary we shot here:

  2. Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan, jsp77, krela, littleboyexplore, Mearing, oldscrote, prettyvacant71, Rolfey, Rubex, smiler, titimo82, tony willett
  4. #2
    Join Date
    November 2017


    A bit empty, but still nice

  5. #3
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    September 2005
    Bristol, UK.


    Beautiful as always, thanks BWT.

  6. #4
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    April 2012


    I appreciate the wonderful architecture it speaks for itself.

    Lovely pics BWT

  7. #5
    Join Date
    October 2011


    Like the shots mate nice photos! Well in

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