Friday, July 30, 2010

The Abandoned Church

Today I sat down to blog and realized -- I have nothing interesting to say. I usually have blog topics running around all the time, but today, nothing.

So I went for a stroll through my picture files and decided I'd pull a photo or two and see if they would inspire thought.

These photos are ones I took at an abandoned church about 15 minutes from where I live. The church is right on the edge of the river (I mean, RIGHT on the edge), and since the church was built of stone, almost before they were completed building, the foundation began to sink. It was in use for a short while, but nature took over.

While wandering (very carefully) around the perimeter of the church, I was struck with how quiet it was, and how peaceful. I think it would be a great place to pray, or meditate, or just think.

I tend to make up stories in my head, have probably written several novels in the confines of my own brain. It's a past-time that helped me through my childhood and on into adult life -- dreaming and imagining.

I found what I called a grotto in one wall, and wondered what used to be in it.

Maybe it wasn't a grotto, maybe it was just a hole in the wall, but imagination is a powerful thing. Influenced by the stacks of novels I've read about medieval times, full of intrigues and liaisons and unrequited love, I dreamed up this church set in a forest, almost the way it is now. A secret place where lords schemed and lovers met.

Even the trees were being taken over by nature. Huge, tall trees covered in ivy and thick vines -- still standing, refusing to be overtaken.

Around the corner, I found a surprise, a statue, surrounded by a lake of ivy.

I couldn't make my way over all that ivy (you wouldn't believe how deep it was) so I have no idea who the saint is. I think of him as Saint Abandoned.

In a world that sometimes seems to revolve around the Internet and emails, Twitter and Facebook, I wonder if people still seek out private, quiet places to just .... be.

Thanks for taking this tour with me.


Lori Anderson makes jewelry for Lori Anderson Designs and also writes for the blog An Artists Year Off.

27 comments:

  1. That is beautiful! It does look like a wonderful place to get away from it all for a while and just sit in peace and quiet surrounded by nature! :) Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Abandoned church was a wonderful thing to visit in your blog. It gave imagery and took me to a peaceful place.

    You are right -we do need such places to sit down, think about all kinds of things, wonder, ponder and pray to take a break from the constant web presence.

    Take care, Lori- Dita.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this gem. With the triple digit heat we are having in GA, I am imagining that if I were at the church it would be cool with a light breeze.

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  4. This is beautiful! I agree about imagining different things about it. I'm just starting Pillars of the Earth so this struck a chord with me. I love that it is abandoned. I find it striking that although people no longer worship there collectively, it might inspire people to meditate or pray individually.

    Recently, I went to a family reunion of my boyfriend's family deep in the mountains of NC. It was a little country church, nothing fancy. The church had taken the time and resources to build a path down a steep hill into the woods where there was a spring flowing from the mountain. They installed benches and hollowed out the spring and put in a natural reflecting pond. It was a lovely thing to see in this day of building everything larger, building bigger churches, collecting money for larger buildings etc. that this church sought a different meaning.

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  5. Thxs for taking us on this trip. I was always intrigued by ruins and love to visit them. We have many old castles and churches along the rhine and I love to go there.

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  6. What a wonderful place to have so close by! Thank you for sharing this lovely abandoned church and your wonderful imagination!

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  7. beautiful pics and thoughts...

    it seems that the older i get the more i crave beauty. some days i feel absolutely starved for it.

    thank you for sharing these pics with us :)
    Alesha

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  8. what a beautiful post! I just love abandoned buildings - makes me wonder what went on there before the people went away.

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  9. Thanks for taking me on this journey. You have given me a nice little break. Saint Abandoned....
    And even if you have nothing to say - just to know that you are being here is important :)

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  10. Okay, if that place was near my house, I would spend ALL my free time there. How totally awesome - and the perfect background for something like a Nancy Drew mystery. Can't you just picture stolen loot hidden there by desperate criminals or something equally intriguing? I love it!

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  11. That is so cool, Lori. I love those pictures, and I'm with you -- probably have written novels in my own head about the things I see.

    That saint may be St. Peter, if the staff he's holding is a key, I can't tell. Either way, it's all so beautiful!

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  12. I love ruins too. In the Borders area of Scotland and England there are many ruined and abandoned churches (Gothic architecture is my passion!).

    These days many people have a lot of trouble with quiet and silence. We are bombarded with sounds and information at an amazing rate. We have forgotten how to just . . . be.

    Emanda

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  13. What a wonderful and calming trip you just took me on. Thank you.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and meditative spot!

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  15. Lori, I must have been following your blog for a long time...because I remember when you originally posted these pictures! I was truly captured by them at that time (and I still am....would love to visit this church in person!). I have a thing for old abandoned houses...and a beautiful church like this, even more incredible.

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  16. Thanks so much, Lori, for being a follower of Katsui blog. We are having a giveaway (drawing this Monday) to thank our first hundred followers. You are signed up. I so appreciate your kindness to me (Suz) as a fellow jewelry deisgner!!!

    Kat and Suz
    Katsui

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  17. Wow...beautiful doesn't even begin to cover it! Whenever I stumble across something like this, I never seem to have my camera with me. Stunning...

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  18. I believe that the person who built the church felt the same way that you did about that peaceful and connected with nature spot many mnay years ago.
    When we are inspired and creative that awe of life just keeps giving.Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment.

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  19. Oh, how I adore these photos. Such a lovely post about a wonderful place to dream. Love the photo of the wall showing 2 gothic arch windows. Thank you for your visit and kind words at my niche in blogland. Have a great week. ~ Angela

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  20. It makes me sad to see abandoned buildings. And they always make me curious about their stories. :)

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  21. Lori~
    Thanks for that journey! I love these quiet out of the way places that spark thoughts and imagination!

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  22. what a beautiful place....and what a find !....this is the kind of thing i search for in order to have an amazing back drop for my photo shoots....

    yep, i'm jealous !

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  23. What a beautiful, romantic place! Thanks for taking us on the tour with you :)

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  24. Lovely. Thank you for sharing. =)

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  25. Oh I love it! One of my favorite things to do in Germany was explore the old castles and churches

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  26. Beautiful post. The Church reminded me of some of the ruins in Ireland...still Holy Places.

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