These photos of abandoned buildings show the beauty in the dark and decaying

Dark places with darker history

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WRITTEN BY: DANIKA MOIR
PHOTOS BY: REBECCA BATHORY

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In 2012, Rebecca Bathory found her passion for capturing decaying buildings on film. Travelling to over 20 countries, she went to over 300 abandoned buildings to capture the beauty that is found in the dark and decaying. Rebecca finds ways into the buildings that people usually pass right by. The “no trespassing” signs and fences that keep people out have allowed nature to reclaim the buildings. Her photos represent a clash between the past and the present, and have an almost otherworldly quality to them.

What was once a religious gathering filled with life is now left to deteriorate.

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Taken at the Blue Christ Church in Belgium.

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Taken in Dr. Anna’s Lab in Germany.

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Taken in the Estonia Riisipere Manor in Estonia

The Paterai Prison opened its doors in 1820 and was used up until 2004 when it was abandoned.

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Taken in the Estonia Paterai Prison.

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Taken in the Estonia Paterai Prison.

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Taken in L’ecole Labrinthe in France.

The House of Wheelchairs in Germany used to house the sick and elderly near the end of their lives. The apparent reason behind the abandonment was a patient falling to her death down concrete steps.

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Taken in the House of Wheelchairs in Germany

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Taken in the House of Wheelchairs in Germany

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Taken in Chateau Miranda in Belgium.

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Taken in Altes Larger in Germany

This Belgium Horror Lab has been left undisturbed for years, creating an eerie yet alluring setting.

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Taken in the Belgium Horror Lab.

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Taken in the Belgium Horror Lab.

Once a new Communist monument, it is now part of a frozen wasteland.

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Taken in the Buzludzha in Bulgaria.

To see more of Rebecca’s work, go to her blog.