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Agârbiciu Fortified Church

Agârbiciu Fortified Church

Agârbiciu, RO

In the early 14th Century an early Gothic basilica was built in the middle of the village. The aisles were removed and the arcades were bricked up in 1500, when the church was fortified. Above the chancel a defence tower was erected. The chancel’s polygonal closure was heightened with two defence levels and the buttresses were connected by arches, in order to build a machicoulis gallery behind them. The ensemble was strengthened by a surrounding wall in 1502, completed by a gate building and an adjoining bacon Chamber on the north-west side . The tower was heightened in 1827 and received its striking pyramidal roof. At the same time its defence systems together with the defence level of the chancel were removed . The typical western gable of the church was erected in the same time with the renewal of the roof in 1854. Inside the church the mainly 18th-century furniture is still preserved.

Agen Cathedral

Agen, FR

Tradition has it that a church in homage to Saint Caprais was built at the beginning of the 5th century by Bishop Saint Dulcid who allegedly transported the relics of the martyrs there. A basilica dedicated to Saint Caprais probably existed in 580. After being cleared again in December 1561, during the Wars of Religion, the collegiate church of Saint-Caprais became a fodder store in 1791 before being reopened in 1796 and becoming the official cathedral of Agen, after the destruction of the old Saint-Étienne cathedral during the Revolution. It was elevated to the rank of a cathedral in 1802.

Agios Ahillios Island churches, Lake Mikri Prespa

Agios Ahillios Island churches, Lake Mikri Prespa

Florina, GR

The connected island of Agios Ahillios is a site steeped in history. Indeed, in the 10th century, this islet was one of the centres of Bulgarian imperial power, at which time it preserves the massive ruins of the Basilica of St. Achilles. South of the site are still several other churches and monasteries.

Agios Eleftherios Church

Agios Eleftherios Church

Athina, GR

The Agios Eleftherios church was built in the early 13th century. This date, however, is the subject of debate, some historians claiming that the church could be older (twelfth, eleventh, even eight centuries). This Byzantine temple was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Eileithyia.

Agios Georgios church

Agios Georgios church

Athina, GR

The Agios Georgios church in Athens is a nineteenth-century reconstruction of a medieval temple. The Greek-Byzantine style of the temple is typical of the reign of Otto I (1832-1862) during which the temple was rebuilt after being destroyed during the Revolution of 1821.

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis

Kalopanagiotis, CY

Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, is a complex of churches whose oldest one, the church of Agios Irakleidios dates from the 11th century. Agios Ioannis Lampadistis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Agios Minas Cathedral

Agios Minas Cathedral

Heraklion, GR

The Cathedral of St. Minas is an Orthodox Cathedral located in Heraklion and is the seat of the Archbishop of Crete. It began to be built in 1862, but its construction was interrupted during the Cretan Revolution of 1866 and was finally completed in early 1895.

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis

Kakopetria , CY

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis is one of the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains. As such, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Construction began in the early 11th century, with frescoes dating back to the 6th century.

Aglona Basilica

Aglona Basilica

Aglona, LV

The Aglona Basilica, or Basilica of the Assumption, is a baroque church that represents the centre of Catholicity in Latvia. The church was built by the Dominicans between 1768 and 1789, in place of a former wooden Dominican monastery church dating from 1699. The basilica remains an important place of Marian pilgrimage in north-eastern Europe, especially around 15 August, the feast of the Assumption.

Agnita Fortified Church

Agnita Fortified Church

Agnita, RO

The 13th century basilica, initially built without towers, was rebuilt and fortified two centuries later when the chancel was completed with a defence level on arches with loopholes. This level was to be removed in the 19th century. By heightening the aisles, the building became a hall church. The western potter’s tower is equipped with a parapet walk built in the timber frame technique. The ring wall was demolished, but the defence towers are preserved: the potter’s tower, the gate tower also called the cooper’s tower, the tailor’s tower, the smith’s tower and the cobbler’s tower. The techniques and details are impressive not only on the construction itself, but inside as well. The chancel boasts a well-preserved double winged altar from 1650, an artwork that echoes the pre-reformation Gothic winged altars.

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