The 5 strangest lost and abandoned churches in Ghent
1) The Green Church
The old abbey church of Sint-Baafs has vanished. It was demolished by the Spanish in the 16th century, leaving behind an empty space. But then in 2006 the city gardens department decided to plant tall clipped hornbeam bushes to mark the outline of the vanished 12th-century church.
2) Kapel Drongenhof
The early 17th-century Drongenhof Chapel is a sad, abandoned place. It is sometimes used for concerts and exhibitions, but normally stays locked. Yet you can peer through the gap between the green doors to glimpse a modern stained glass window at the far end. Installed in 2003 by the Ghent artist Wim Delvoye, it is decorated with X-ray pictures of couples having sex.
3) Weaver's Chapel
From the outside, the store at Kortedagsteeg 12 looks fairly ordinary. But you are in for a surprise when you step through the door. The shop occupies a former 14th-century chapel with whitewashed walls and a high vaulted roof. Built for the Guild of Wool Weavers, the chapel has served in the past as a cinema, reading room and garage. It was converted into a shop in 2002 by the Antwerp architect Christine Conix.
4) Baudeloo Chapel
A strange 17th-century chapel lies almost hidden behind a classical façade on Ottogracht. Once part of the Baudeloo Abbey, the chapel was converted into a library in 1880. The complex was later abandoned, but was restored in 2017 to create a covered food market with gourmet food stands in the aisles. Locals are still undecided about whether they like the idea.
A beautiful baroque church that once belonged to the Franciscans has been turned into a social restaurant and concert hall. You can eat a healthy and inexpensive lunch amid the beautiful baroque confessionals and Catholic statues.
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