SATANIC CHURCH

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense --Chapman Cohen

Satanic Church

Satanic Church, Rockaway, New Jersey

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[Kinnelon Castle]   [Split Rock Road]   [Dover Mental Cage]   [Satanic Church]    [Tomb of 12 Nuns]

explored & photographed by: Shady

The Satanic Church of Rockaway was next. I had been here once before, but we were in the area and swung by to let our Scoobs check it out, and to get some more pictures.

Highway 666

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

The last time we were there, we noticed that the sign on the old country road leading to the Church read "WEST Morris County 666", and of course we had to pull over so I could jump out and get a pic of it (pic, above left). This day, we pulled over in the exact same spot (we remembered there was a good space in a parking lot across the street) yet were surprised to discover that the sign had been mysteriously changed, it didn't read 666 anymore- it now read 664? When was it changed, and why?? We might have thought we were crazy, if not for the fact that I got a pic of it when it was last there. I'm glad I did- I feel it's an important piece of the puzzle of the spooky place

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

To me, the Satanic Church is the epitome of urban legend. I mean, it was probably just a regular old church that ended up being closed for some reason. Yet you combine the creepy allure of an abandoned old wooden church (always irresistible), add to it the fact that the church is on a shadowy country road marked 666, and figure in the sinister graffiti, decay, and neglect that permeate the building over the years... and you've got yourself a legend! And check out the way those bricks from the roof collapsed in front of that door (pics, above left)- I'm glad I wasn't standing right there when that happened. It's also freaky-looking, the way that the door has a segment of chain-link fence nailed across it and bricks piled in front of it- seeing something like that always makes me think of someone trying to trap something horrible inside (I've seen tooo many horror flicks, heh heh)

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

Satanic Church

We didn't spend a super-long time at the Church, because it is pretty visible from the road and there are those No Trespassing signs everywhere, so we didn't wanna linger. It's in a really beautiful spot, though... we walked all the way around it; it's surrounded on all sides by a dense curtain of forest; it's almost not even visible from the road. I find it interesting that no matter which angle I shot the Church from, it looks so gloomy and dark, as if it's in shadow. At first I thought maybe my camera settings were too dark, but look at the bright-blue sky, snow-white clouds, and vivid green foliage framing the Church- you can literally see the contrast between the building itself and it's surroundings. It seems as though the building itself projects an ominous, dark presence even on the sunniest of days. Creepy.

At this point, we had been on the road for hours. We were all getting hungry and the day was growing short, but we decided to attempt one last stop- the Tomb of 12 Nuns. I had tried, and failed, once before to find this mysterious landmark. Today we were confident that with our complete Scooby crew, we'd make the find...

<---LAST STOP- DOVER MENTAL CAGE           NEXT STOP- TOMB OF 12 NUNS--->

 

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