This abandoned tomb in Belgium would be the perfect set for a horror movie

In the nineteenth century, this Belgian tomb built beneath a church was a fashionable place to bury your dead. Full of elaborately-carved headstones and arched ceilings, its hallways were mounded with flowers and filled with mourners. But as the centuries went by, tomb burials fell out of favor and the place went to ruin. Now it has truly become a haunted tomb, full of cobwebs and eerily dripping water.

Environmental Graffiti's Michele Collet interviewed the photographer, Sven Fennema, who has long been fascinated with the allure of abandoned places. Collet reports:

Fennema told us a bit about the history of this crypt: "In the past, when it was built, the crypt was one of the most popular places for underground graves in the country. When it was first expanded, it consisted of star-shaped hallways [when viewed from above] and was made for up to 400 graves. But the upkeep of it grew expensive, and these kinds of tombs became more and more unpopular, so the authorities stopped maintaining it and it was abandoned." . . . Fennema cannot help but return to the atmosphere unearthed in the crypt: "There was the sound of dripping water everywhere, which also dropped on us and which gave us goose bumps, together with the silence. The air was very cold and wet, and you could see your every breath – also an experience I will never forget. It was as if death was close beside you somehow. The crypt was full of those strange plastic flowers – still with their bright colors – but it was also full of spiders' webs and other kinds of decay."


See more of Fennema's work and find out the secrets of this Belgian tomb on Environmental Graffiti.


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