Church architecture is some of the most amazing in the world, intending to inspire and comfort churchgoers. However, not every church remains in service forever. Churches can be abandoned, closed and deconsecrated, clearing the way for their conversion to other uses. This gallery contains seven gorgeous examples of churches transformed into private homes and spaces.
1. St. Jakobus Church, by Zecc Architects, Utrecht, Netherlands
A spectacular church in Utrecht, Netherlands closed its doors to religion in 1991. it was then used as a showroom for antiques and a concert hall. But in 2009, a couple purchased the church and had it converted to a private residence. The amazing space kept the facade, but broke up the huge, spacious interior to create several modern and comfortable living spaces.