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Abbey Sainte-Marie du Désert

Abbey Sainte-Marie du Désert

Bellegarde-Sainte-Marie, FR

The Abbey Sainte-Marie du Désert is a Trappist monastery founded in 1852, on a hermitage dating from the 12th century. In 1109, Marie Desclassan, a young nobleman, retired to the Herm Valley to live there as a hermit. She died in 1117, and her tomb became a place of pilgrimage under the name of Sainte-Marie-de-l'Herm. The chapel built on the site, spared by the Hundred Years' War, was destroyed during the French Revolution. In 1819, the parish priest of a neighbouring village rebuilt the chapel which revived the pilgrimage and eventually attracted a Cistercian community. The abbey has a small production of craft products, including mead.

Abdinghof Monastery Church

Abdinghof Monastery Church

Paderborn, DE

The Abdinghof Monastery of St. Peter and Paul is a former Benedictine abbey founded in the 11th century. In the course of its existence, the monastery acquired cultural importance thanks to its library, its annexed school and its hospice. In addition, the monastery has long been the owner of land in the Weser region and along the Lower Rhine to the Netherlands. Secularised in 1803, the church is today a Protestant-Lutheran parish church.

Abtei St. Bonifaz

Abtei St. Bonifaz

Munich, DE

St. Boniface is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1835 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in a Byzantine style.

Abu Bakr Mosque

Abu Bakr Mosque

Shkodër, AL

Also known as the Great Mosque , it is the main mosque of the city of Shkodra. It was built in 1994–1995 on the site of the former Fushë Çela mosque under the sponsorship of Saudi Arabia. The two minarets are 41.11 meters high. The central dome has a height of 24 meters. The mosque can hold up to 1300 believers.

Abudarham Synagogue in Gibraltar

Abudarham Synagogue in Gibraltar

, GI

The Abudarham Synagogue in Gibraltar is a Sephardi synagogue built in the early 19th century. This brick building still serves as a synagogue.

Acerenza Cathedral

Acerenza Cathedral

Acerenza, IT

The present cathedral was built between the 11th and 13th centuries on the remains of a former early Christian church. In 1281, the church was partially rebuilt in Roman-Gothic forms, but in 1456, this Romanesque cathedral was severely damaged by an earthquake; moreover, due to a long series of non-resident archbishops, the building was abandoned. It was not until 1524 that the complete restoration of the church began. After the earthquake of 1921, the dome of the bell tower was replaced by a terrace, while the dome of the cathedral was rebuilt in 1934, as the earthquake of 1930 had seriously damaged the original cylindrical dome.

Acerra Cathedral

Acerra Cathedral

Acerra, IT

Acerra Cathedral stands on the site of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Hercules. It has been rebuilt several times, the present building dates from the 19th century. Its plan is in the shape of a Latin cross with a nave and two aisles separated by pillars. The façade is in neoclassical style with eight Ionic columns, on a pavement that alternates basalt and chessboard marble.

Achel Abbey

Achel Abbey

Hamont-Achel, BE

The Achel Abbey was first built in 1656 as a chapel and soon became a hermitage (1686). In 1846 the building was converted into a priory, and to a Trappist abbey in 1871.

Acquapendente Cathedral

Acquapendente Cathedral

Acquapendente, IT

Acquapendente Cathedral is a 10th century Romanesque basilica and historically belongs to the Benedictine order. It is dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre because it preserves a blood-stained stone which, according to tradition, comes from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In medieval times, the basilica was frequented by pilgrims and crusaders, being situated on the Via Francigena towards Rome. It became a cathedral in 1649 and has undergone many embellishments over the centuries. The façade of the building is the result of restoration works promoted in 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV.

Acqui Terme Cathedral

Acqui Terme Cathedral

Acqui Terme, IT

The cathedral of Acqui Terme was begun by Bishop Primo in the 11th century and consecrated on 11th November 1067 by Bishop Guido, who is venerated as the patron saint of the city and the diocese. It was built by Lombards in the form of a Romanesque building with a Latin cross plan and a projecting transept. Originally with three naves, the church was added two in the 18th century, with side chapels.

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