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Photographer Captures Europe’s Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Spaces

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1 of 21|An abandoned castle in Belgium.
2 of 21|An abandoned church in Poland.
3 of 21|An abandoned casino in Romania.
4 of 21|An abandoned ballroom in Germany.
5 of 21|An abandoned castle in France.
6 of 21|An abandoned church in Germany.
7 of 21|An abandoned theatre in Bulgaria.
8 of 21|An abandoned cloister in Belgium.
9 of 21|Abandoned Congress Center of the Bulgarian Communist party.
10 of 21|An abandoned castle in Poland.
11 of 21|An abandoned church in Poland.
12 of 21|An abandoned pottery in France.
13 of 21|An abandoned house in Germany.
14 of 21|An abandoned textile factory in Bulgaria.
15 of 21|An abandoned castle in France.
16 of 21|An abandoned prison in Romania.
17 of 21|Abandoned stock exchange in Belgium.
18 of 21|An abandoned castle in France.
19 of 21|An abandoned theme park in Germany.
20 of 21|An abandoned textile factory in Bulgaria.
21 of 21|An abandoned villa in Italy.

Meet Jonk, a French photographer from Paris who travels Europe to capture some of its most spectacular spaces on camera. These aren’t the ancient castles and luxury hotels you’re used to seeing on brochures – these secret spaces are abandoned and crumbling, but strangely beautiful.

Over the course of two years, Jonk explored the deserted gems of England, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland and Ukraine. Most of the locations he shoots are private properties, meaning entry is often complicated, dangerous and dubiously legal.

But when he’s granted access, Jonk makes magic. His work memorializes collapsing castles, churches and schools, forgotten theatres and former factories, rotting prisons and stately homes, to reveal the unexpected beauty that exists in decay.

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