Crumbling Churches

In America… I could hardly believe this.

Abandoned and crumbling, these derelict churches are a reflection of the long, slow decline of a once-great city.

They are all located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where modern America was born, but which for the past 40 years has slowly been paling from its former glory.

The photographs were taken by Matthew Christopher, a photographer and lecturer who works in the city, who has raised more than $45,000 towards maintenance and preservation of endangered sites through his photography workshops.

A double keyboard stands alone, surrounded by splintered wood, the only remnants of the once-great organ in the Church of the Assumption
Pews peer out at a grey sky over the Pennsylvania city: The pictures were taken by local photographer Matthew Christopher
The stoup in the Church of the Transfiguration is dry and empty, and the floor around it covered in plaster dust

There are more here.

A sad visual reminder of the perilous times.

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

– Mt 16:18



3 thoughts on “Crumbling Churches

  1. There’s an unsettling beauty in these photographs. They are an excellent reminder of the modern twist on the old rhyme:

    This is the Church; it’s made up of people.
    Sometimes we gather under a steeple.

    The Church of God is enduring, even if the traditional institution is crumbling.

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