Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France) - Church ruin

by Björn Roose February. 12, 2019 770 views

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is a municipality in the northern part of France. Nothing much to see in the municipality itself, but on our way to the Nécropole Nationale de Notre Dame de Lorette - in the next series of posts, we saw this church ruin. It has been like that since it was reduced to this sorry state in World War I. At first the locals were thinking about rebuilding it, but in the end they decided to leave it like that. Now it has become a kind of memorial in itself.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 9 months ago

I love the black and white here, and the fact that they left it as a memorial. I had to write about a similar bombed-out church like this in Berlin for my work last year. It really drives home the insanity and destruction of war.

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 9 months ago

I can't say I regret though that they did not leave everything that was destroyed in WWI as a memorial. Whole cities that are now in this area and in Flanders would be nothing but ruins then (there was such a plan for the Flemish city Ypres, but in this case the inhabitants decided they did not want it and rebuilt the city as it was before the war). I consider it a memorial to human strenght that we rebuild, despite our bad habit to destroy.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 9 months ago

Excellent point, and an insightful observation.+1

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

Nice touch of color in #4.

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

I should have done a better shot of it, but I was in a hurry to get to tomorrow's posting smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

B&W is perfect for ruins like these

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Especially on a grey day smile

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