Monday 2 May 2016

Abandoned church in Altario, Alberta

Encountered on April 2, 2016. Altario is practically a ghost town. No names on the church to tell what denomination or when it was built. I am somewhat religious. I do not like to see churches abandoned or dying. When people arrived to settle a place the first few buildings they put up were a church and a school. These buildings represented a sense of permanence and the future, something larger than themselves.  

The top of the tower is missing. Someone probably has the bell.

The door was wide open when I found it.

This is as far as I ventured. Hopefully some of the interior went to someplace deserving.

You can see daylight at the bottom of the church. This is why I did not venture too far inside. With part of the foundation missing I did not want to test how safe the inside was. Now it is a home for birds.


  1. Great photos, Had a lot of great times in Altario, it was the closest bar to the farm.

  2. Goodness, what a sad little town. Couldn't find the church on G/E - A lot of that area is not on street view.

  3. I like this one! I love the windows, the wainscoting, the architectural similarities of the windows and what may have once been the altar. Great find an photos BW!

  4. Sorry but I was going to say, I can also still imagine, people walking through the door..with it open like that...and the tall trees on either side..and the door too works wonderfully with the windows and altar..really really like this one!

  5. What a wonderful old church. And how sad it is not still in use.

  6. Great post. Small town churches are such special places.