The Sinking Church

Filled with the air of mystery and desolation. The combination of ruins and nature results in this true surreal spectacle. The current appearance of the church was constructed at the beginning of the 17th-century. It got built upon the remains of an ancient pagan temple wich history dates back to Roman times.

In fact, the area already has been considered as sacred during pre-Roman times. Due to the very evident karst phenomena that occurred there, it was even believed to be a point of access to the underworld.

The Sinking Church

In the 18th-century, the church got struck by an earthquake. This believed to have originated a sinkhole below the church. Causing it to slowly sink into the ground the following years. This occurrence had devastating consequences for the church. Resulting in it being abandoned eventually.

In the seventies, it got struck by another earthquake which caused the roof to collapse. After this, the church was fully exposed to the elements. Transforming it into the situation it's today.

The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
Because the church is located above a mineralized spring a lot of water arose from down below. Filling the church up with water eventually finding it’s way out through the entrance portal flowing into the surrounding countryside.
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
Most of the perimeter walls are still standing strong. Also the monumental yellow limestone facade surviced two earthquakes.
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church
The Sinking Church