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Tag: Churches Temples & Cathedrals

The Old Round Church

In this secluded, quiet pocket of Vermont there is a large, red, arched bridge that sees traffic from mostly pickup…

These bells didn’t really sing until the 20th century

While the steeple at the Christ Church in Boston has fallen and been replaced a couple of times during its…

It must have really stunk in the 1700s

There’s much more to the Old North Church in Boston than you’re told in passing. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists…

The Patron Saint of Murderers and the Oldest House in Paris

Across the Seine from Notre Dame, in old Paris, is Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. This is one of the churches that we…

Notre Dame’s Unfortunate Suicide History

Meet Notre Dame de Paris: it’s neither the oldest, nor the biggest, nor the grandest church in France. But, it…

Where Angels Wear Gas Masks and Monks Make Beer

The monks of the Augustijnen Monastery in Ghent (Sint Stefanus) are poly-skilled; along with the religious portion of their job,…

Sint-Niklaaskerk

Built between 1220-1250, Saint Nicolas was built in honour of the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children. Funding for…

Saint Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baafskathedraal)

Researching the history of Saint Bavo Cathedral is like peeling an onion that becomes more complex, detailed, and varied as…

La Catedral Primada

Over the decades, Plaza de Bolívar has seen more than its share of blood, tears, and political violence. And, it’s…

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

La Candelaria contains the majority of the historic churches in Bogotá, of which Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (also known…

Iglesia de San Agustin

In 1637, the Brotherhood of the True Cross were having ceremonies on Monserrate (before they built the Monserrat sanctuary); in…

Monserrate

Just about every city with a mountain has a hike of devotion that pilgrims do to show their faithfulness; Monserrate…

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