Churches are places of living memory, like museums they preserve time. So for me, religion has very little to do with their spirituality. These buildings, constructed centuries ago, give rise to time’s own image. Catholic and orthodox churches offer a dark and simple view of the past. And the silence of these places has remained unaltered for centuries.
The space is filled with steely-tasting oxygen. The walls tell stories, churches are the chapters that contain them. Even as I approach theses places of spirituality, it’s as if I’ve walked into a painting that’s ripe with the colors and smells of time gone by.
My visits are not for religious reasons but originate from a kind of spiritual tourism. I don’t believe in religion, but rather something else: a spirituality that comes from scents, buildings and beauty.
By Didier Bizet