PHOTOS: Abandoned houses of worship in North America

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Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)

This curious photographer may be praying for the perfect shot as he spends his days trekking across North America hunting for some of the continent’s most beautiful abandoned places of worship.

Under the alter ego Freaktography, photographer Dave — who does not reveal his surname — has shot the likes of decaying alters, organ pews and vast halls with eye-catching murals.

It is through these images of churches and cathedrals that Dave, 43, said he hopes to showcase the history and silence of the once-crowded halls, highlighting the impact of time and neglect.

Discovering these wonders takes the photographer a great deal of time and effort, as each location requires a great deal of research.

Other than using the internet to discover locations, Dave keeps in touch with a close-knit network of friends who are interested in exploring decaying wonders.

Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)

When revealing the final efforts of his travels, Dave never reveals the location of the buildings — a way of preserving the sites’ legacy.

Going forward, he plans to continue adding to this series, as well as to his growing list of shots of asylums, hospitals and other fascinating abandoned spots.

Dave said: “I love the old churches and cathedrals; they are all built with such symmetry and details — from hand-painted ceilings to statues to intricate carvings at the top and base of the pillars.” (Caters News)

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Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)
Abandoned religious building, unknown location, North America. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)

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