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Religious Buildings – Churches & Cathedrals

I have an affinity to the marvellous architecture of places of worship of all denominations and locations around the world. I love to admire churches and cathedrals from the exterior and more often than not have a mooch about inside and learn snippets of history from each one. All types of religious buildings interest me despite being a non-believer.

Cathedrals

I have an affinity to the marvellous architecture of Cathedrals of all denominations and locations around the world. I love to have an admire from the exterior and more often than not. I also have a mooch about inside and learn snippets of history from each one. Churches and other religious buildings also have the same interest despite being a non-believer. I think churches of RJ’s travels might be a new project to add to my list of things to write about.

What is a Cathedral?

Wikipedia summarises what a Cathedral is and has a great page all about the history of Cathedrals and what makes them so. Their take on the matter is;

A cathedral is a church that contains the cathedra or seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese. Churches with the function of the cathedral are usually specific to those Christian denominations with an episcopal hierarchy. This includes the Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and some Lutheran churches.

Church buildings embodying the functions of a cathedral first appeared in Italy, Gaul, Spain and North Africa in the 4th century. Cathedrals did not become universal within the Western Catholic Church until the 12th century, by which time they had developed architectural forms, institutional structures and legal identities distinct from parish churches, monastic churches and episcopal residences.

I have visited many in Europe and the UK over the years but only going to write about those in my recent history and those I have photographs of.

St Stephens Cathedral Vienna

St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna

The imposing structure of St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna is magnificent to admire and is one of many great buildings to see in the city. It is located in Stephansplatz a town square located at the geographical centre of the city.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

The Cathedral is at the top of the list, it is a magnificent building located in the city centre and is well worth a visit, I pop in many times per year. This building is an iconic centrepiece of the city of Gloucester with a history dating back centuries.

Coronation Cathedral Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia Cathedral

The Coronation Cathedral or in Romanian Catedrala Încoronării, in Alba Iulia is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. This is a Romanian Orthodox cathedral that was constructed shortly after to commemorate the Union of Transylvania with Romania.

St Phillips Birmingham

St Philips Cathedral Birmingham

The main church of England cathedral in the city located on Colmore row in the business district.

St Chads Birmingham

St Chad's Birmingham

A distinctive red roman catholic cathedral with what some say an amazing choir.

Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral

This cathedral has over 1300 years of history and is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK! You can see a medieval wall painting, the famous Herkenrode stained glass, the Lichfield Angel or even sit and reflect on life. About Lichfield…

St Michaels in Alba Iulia

Saint Michaels Cathedral Alba Iulia

St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Alba Iulia happens to be the oldest and the longest cathedral in Romania. It dates back to the 11th century, in the 13th century St. Michael’s was rebuilt in the transitory style which is a combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Church Buildings

I have an interest in the marvellous architecture of churches of all denominations and locations around the world. I love to have an admire from the exterior and more often than not have a mooch about inside and learn snippets of history from each one.

Below are some of my favourites from my recent UK and European adventures, all in no particular order.

St Nicholas

St. Nicholas Church Hardwicke

Located in my hometown St. Nicholas Church in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire is one of my favourites to visit.  It helps that it is located on a nice walk through the countryside, an area I often walk. The church has Norman heritage and is very old initially built in 1092 and grew from there into its current form.

The Blue Church Bratislava

Bratislava Blue Church

A pretty pale blue church in the Slovakia capita that is pretty special to look at, especially the exterior. This was built in an art nouveau style and worth a look around for those that like religious architecture or art.

Basilica of Saint Servatius Maastricht

Basilica of Saint Servatius Maastricht

Basilica of Saint Servatius is a Romanesque church & pilgrimage site in Maastricht in The Netherlands. The building is pretty on the eyes and has an art-filled treasury housing St Servatius’ relics.