15 Spectacular Pictures Of Abandoned European Buildings

Urban Explorer Critical Mass has taken some incredible photos from his travels across the continent.

United Kingdom

1. “It Was a Quiet Day in Church Today.”

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He tells BuzzFeed: “I am based in Manchester and have been shooting now for about five years — I’m a bit of a late bloomer.”

2. “This Is Why We Do It.”

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“Taking photos is a massive passion of mine and I will shoot almost anything to capture that special moment in time.”

3. “Hook, Line, and Sinker.”

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“I had a camera, but it was nothing special. And because everything was digital it was just easy for me to just snap away at anything and everything. It wasn’t until someone took a photograph of my daughter and the quality and clarity of the shot was amazing, it floored me.”

Belgium

4. “Behemoth.”

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“Urban Exploration, for me, it is being able to see the unseen. Everything has a history: humans, animals, and even buildings. The only way to discover the history of these abandoned structures is to venture past the no entry sign to see and feel it for yourself.”

5. “Land of the Giants.”

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“The majority of these buildings are very dangerous to enter and usually have some sort of security to prevent the likes of us gaining access, so it’s up at a ridiculous hour to try and enter under the cover of darkness.”

6. “The Show Stopper.”

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“One thing I must stress is we never ‘break’ into any building. That job has usually been done for us by the thieves and vandals, we have just got to find their handy work and take advantage!”

France

7. “Chateau Lumiere.”

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“Not everything goes to plan and some days do end in failure either with not finding any access or just not being stealthy enough to avoid security or the police.”

8. “Bedside Comforts.”

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He has some tips: “Preparation is key. Google is your friend so always check out the net or Google Maps and get familiar with the location you intend on hitting.”

9. “L’escalier des Singes.”

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“This is not your property, so treat it that way, and leave it as you found it.”

Germany

10. “Will Remain Long After We Have Gone.”

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“Safety first — these places have been left to rot and decay for years so don’t just assume everything is going to be OK. The floorboards make look fine but in reality the years have made them anything but and one wrong footstep could be your last.”

11. “Under Lock and Key.”

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“Enjoy it — if it’s not fun then why do it? … But always remember the safety factor.”

12. “Farewell to the Fairground.”

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“And don’t get caught. But if you do be respectful and comply with whatever the owner or security guy is asking, and 99.9% of the time all will be good and you will just be asked to leave.”

Italy

13. “The Silence Was Deafening.”

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“Being able to capture these places to a digital image means its history will live on long after the building has gone.”

14. “Overgrown Memories.”

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“These places have had no contact with the outside world since the occupants left, except for us photographers and sadly thieves looking to make a quick buck on anything they can get their hands on.”

15. “Mother Nature’s Fightback.”

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