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bláa kirkjan

bláa kirkjan

Seydisfjordur, IS

The building of Bláa Kirkjan (blue church) that we can see today is fairly recent. The church was moved and destroyed successively by the storm (1894) and the fire (1989).

Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

Brașov, RO

The most important church of the Gothic period in Transylvania is a result of several alterations of the two preceding churches, the first Romanesque building being destroyed by an earthquake. Apart from the architectural importance of the church this is the place where the first protestant service in German language was held in 1642, this being the starting point for the reformation which was to spread throughout Transylvania. Several earthquakes during the 16th and 17th Century demanded renovation and structural support of the vaults and walls. Also the second originally planned tower at the western facade was not constructed due to the danger of earthquakes. But the heaviest damage of the church happened during the Great Fire of 1689, when it burned down completely, followed by the collapse of the vaults. Since the reconstruction works which lasted until 1772, a composition of baroque and Gothic elements hence shaped the interior of the hall church. Further renovation works, completed 1999, changed the outside appearance by cleaning the sandstone, thus making the name “black church” history. The facades show a rich decor of ornamental and figurative sculpture of sandstone, some of them having been replaced by copies to protect them from air pollution. One can see the originals inside the church. On the interior walls there is a display of 104 oriental carpets that were brought to Transylvania through the broad trade relations of the Saxon merchants to the Middle East. They were given to the parish on the occasion of festivities and since then kept and cared for during the centuries.

Black Mosque

Karnobat, BG

Together with a bathroom and the minaret, this compete mosque complex is the only remaining mosque in the town.

Blagoevgrad Mosque

Blagoevgrad, BG

Located on Gotse Delchev Square in the northern part of the city, this mosque from the 19th century is now a historical monument.

Bleikvassli Church

Bleikvassli Church

Bleikvasslia, NO

Bleikvassli church is a wooden long church from 1955. The architect for the church was Torgeir Alvsaker.

Blessed John Duns Scotus

Blessed John Duns Scotus

Gorbels, GB

Completed in 1975 the church is shaped like the prow of a ship. It is now home to the Franciscan Oder and is named after Blessed John, born in Duns in the Scottish Borders at the time of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. It is the only remaining Catholic church in the Gorbals and maintains a tradition of holding a monthly mass in Lithuaninan.

Blois Cathedral

Blois Cathedral

Blois, FR

The construction of this cathedral took a very long time, since it began in the 12th century, but was not completed until six centuries later, in the 18th century. Several campaigns of work follow one another, mixing several architectural styles.

Blosseville-sur-Mer Church

Blosseville sur Mer, FR

Building with a Latin cross plan, with a gable wall façade framed by projecting buttresses. Ancillary buildings, probably chapels, flank the lateral walls of the nave.

Blue Church

Blue Church

Bratislava, SK

St. Elizabeth, also called “Blue Church” is an Art Nouveau church built between 1909 and 1913. Both the interior and exterior of the church are painted in pale blue and decorated with blue maiolica; the roof is covered with blue-glazed ceramics as well.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

?stanbul, TR

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It remains a functioning mosque, while also attracting large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.

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