Blue Christ Church

Once is not custom, play detective !
The case before us today is an abandoned church. Becoming a recurring theme in ever-increasing rate of dropouts places of worship, churches have always interested me. But today's building contains a well... mysterious mystery. All the more reason to investigate.

First, discover the crime scene !
Here we have a church built in the nineteenth century in neo-Gothic style. With a nave of five bays and bordered by two aisles, a transept and a choir closed with a polygonal apse, the building is bright and spacious. Standing in a populous district, the church is visible from afar and has a still healthy appearance.
Once you cross the threshold, we still see a few liturgical furniture and traditional dead bodies of pigeons. So far, nothing very strange. But look more closely, something intrigues me...

Some works have taken place here. Indeed, the majority of carved decoration of the walls have disappeared. Not by natural deterioration or vandalism, since the places stripped of stucco are net, clean, this looks too methodical work. Furthermore, there is little debris on the ground.
Why have stopped working suddenly and without having completed ? That's the key to the enigma !
Some archives found on the net say that the church was to undergo a renovation to be converted, it would have avoided the outright demolition. Still, the site has stalled for years and nothing seems to indicate an upcoming resumption.
Suddenly, I look up and see the gaping hole in the roof of the nave. There he is indeed a collapse and not a dismantling. Could this be the accident which caused the desertion of the workers ? Probably. In any case, nobody is there to testify.
So now we have the answer to this thrilling mystery. I'm awesome !
Past events are known, the present also. It remains to define the future of the church... And then, pessimism may be required.

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It's beautiful and great.

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A forgotten chair : we are well in a abandoned place.

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The benches wisely aligned.

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Something wrong here. But what ?

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Everything seems normal, however.

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Contrast between a still decorated wall and other completely bare.

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Classical quadripartite vaults made of paneling.
Maybe the church's problems come from there.

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The south transept...

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... and north.

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The altar still intact and beautiful.

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Stalls in a simple parish church ? These are usually reserved for collegiate churchs and cathedrals.

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The pulpit.

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Remains of stucco decoration.

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The organ, apparently in good condition.

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Note that all the stained glasses were replaced with clear glass.

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The apse.

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Why Blue Christ Church ? Because...

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We can leave after solving the mystery...

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May 2015

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