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.
This is one of the few remaining post-Byzantine churches on the island of Mykonos.
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis is one of the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Agios Pavlos Monastery is one of the 20 self-governing Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Mount Athos. It is ranked fourteenth in the Athonite, the hierarchical order of the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos.
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.
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.
The Agudas Achim Orthodox Synagogue in Brno is an Ashkenazi synagogue built in 1934-36 by architect Otto Eisler. The synagogue was recently rebuilt in 2014-16. This Functionalist concrete building still serves as a synagogue.
The Agudas Hakehilos (Rue Pavée) Synagogue in Paris is an Orthodox synagogue completed in 1914 by architect Hector Guimard. This brick building still serves as a synagogue.
Akhat-Jami is a mosque-cathedral in Donetsk, built between 1994 and 1999. It is named after Akhat Hafizovych Bragin, an entrepreneur and former president of the Shakhtar Donetsk football club, who died in a bomb attack in 1995. The building was originally intended to have only one minaret, but funding from Rinat Akhmetov enabled a second one to be built, which was eventually named after him.
The mosque is located in the central part of Kyustendil, next to a Roman Therms. The mosque is an impressive building with large dome and marble pillars and supports.
The painted churches of the Troodos Mountains are exceptional examples of the artistic legacy of the Byzantine Empire in Cyprus. With their vibrant biblical scenes imprinted on walls and ceilings, each of the following 10 UNESCO World Heritage churches is a little treasure to visit.
Cemeteries serve as places of eternal rest for the deceased, but they also nourish the living with the historical events, cultural trends and artistic movements and beliefs of the past. The style, history, and peculiarity of the following cemeteries make them some of the most unique in Europe.
Churches are home to amazing artefacts. In some cases, an a priori ordinary object such as the church clock, can become a real highlight, either because of its appearance, operation or the information it provides. Here are six amazing church clocks you must know about in Europe.