Abandoned places often attract people either because of their strangely haunting beauty or their rich history. Whatever it is that catches these people’s attentions, abandoned structures never fail to amaze anyone. Admittedly though, they could get quite creepy due to the fact that they have been uninhabited for a long time. Take for example St. George’s Church which can be found in the Czech Republic at a village named Lukova.
According to reports, the place has been around since 1352 and remained fully functional until 1968. Unfortunately, since the place was already old and worn, the ceiling collapsed during that same year in the middle of a funeral service.
“Foreigners are particularly interested in the church and there have been many visitors from Germany, the UK, Australia, and even Brazil. It is a beautiful building with original pillars from the 14th century,” says 59-year-old church manager Petr Koukl.
Because of this incident, the people in the town thought it was a bad sign which is why they stopped using the church for fear that another accident might happen.
Since it would be too expensive to renovate the old church and there was no other way to invite the townsfolk to use it again, Czech artist Jakup Hadrava was tasked to do something about it in order to bring the church back to life.
However, instead of beautifying the place, he thought of doing something else with it.
Eventually, he thought of creating haunting figures, unseen ones, draped in cloth sitting on the chairs and lingering about along the church’s corridors.
“I wanted to make the church more attractive for visitors and try to raise some money for renovation work,” says Hadrava.
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“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War II and who came to pray at this church every Sunday. I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate was a huge influence in our lives.”
Because of his artwork, people have been consistently visiting the church again and getting donations along the process.