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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Sofia, BG

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral of Neo- Byzantine style built between 1882 and 1912. Comprising five naves and three altars and can hold nearly 10,000 worshipers, it is the largest cathedral on the Balkan Peninsula, one of the largest cathedrals in the Orthodox world and one of the symbols of Sofia.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Tallinn, EE

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral is a 19th-century Orthodox church. The construction of this sanctuary, based on Russian church architecture, began in 1894 and was completed in 1900. The church was named after Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263), the Prince of Novgorod. When Estonia gained its independence after the First World War, the Estonian authorities wanted to demolish it as it was the symbol of a period of Russian occupation. However, after the Bolshevik revolution, there were a large number of Russian refugees in the capital and the cathedral was not demolished. It was, however, closed by the German authorities who invaded Estonia in 1941. It was only regained its use after Estonia's independence in 1991.

Ålfoten Church

Ålfoten Church

Bremanger, NO

The Ålfoten church is a wooden church built in 1678. There was a medieval wooden church on the site, but it is not known when it was demolished. The medieval cemetery is bounded by cemetery walls to the north, west and south. The present building is constructed of wood, clad on the outside with horizontal panels painted white. The church has no tower, the bell is in the attic and is rung by a ringing rope at the nave entrance door.

Ålgård Old Church

Ålgård Old Church

Gjesdal, NO

Ålgård Old Church is a long church built in 1917 by architect Ole Stein. Replaced as a parish in 2015, it was considered to demolish the old church. It is not yet known what will become of it.

Algazi Synagogue in Izmir

Algazi Synagogue in Izmir

Kemeraltı, TR

The Algazi Synagogue in Izmir is a Sephardi synagogue completed in 1724. The synagogue was rebuilt in 1889, 1901 and 2007. This stone building still serves as a synagogue.

Ali Pasha Mosque

Ali Pasha Mosque

Sarajevo, BA

The Ali Pasha Mosque is a complex built from 1560 to 1561. The mosque restored in 1894 was severely affected by Serb attacks during the Bosnian war. The building was finally rebuilt in 2004 and added to the list of national monuments in 2005.

Ali Pasha Mosque

Ali Pasha Mosque

Ohrid, MK

The Ali Pasha Mosque is believed to be among the first mosques built in Macedonia. This square-shaped mosque is thought to have been built in stone and fired brick in the late 15th or early 16th century. In 1823, a madrasa was erected within the mosque complex, but no longer exists today. The remains of a minaret are located to the south of the mosque. It was demolished in 1912 and has not been rebuilt to date. There is thought to have been another minaret in the western part of the mosque, probably erected under Sultan Bayezid II (1481-1512).

Aljama Mosque

Aljama Mosque

Córdoba, ES

The Aljama Mosque, built between 941 and 945, is part of the ruins of the Medina Azahara, an ancient city of the Caliphate of Cordoba (929-1031) classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is rectangular in shape, about 25 metres long and 18 metres wide. Its plan reveals a division into two main parts, the prayer hall and the ablution yard. The minaret is square on the outside and octagonal on the inside, located next to the north gate at the entrance to the courtyard.

All Hallows

All Hallows

Harthill, GB

All Hallows church, grade I listed, is a focal point in the pretty village of Harthill. The exterior has wonderful examples of architecture between the 12th and 16th centuries and inside can be seen exquisite Italian wooden carvings, a large chancel with marble floors, beautiful stained glass windows and the tomb of the 1st Duke of Leeds. The large peaceful churchyard contains many ancient monuments and the 17th century Old Schoolroom is adjacent.

All Saints

All Saints

Hammeringham, GB

Following the wooded sign that points down a green lane, you emerge at the entrance to a field and the most spectacular view of All Saints church and the Lincolnshire Wolds hills, it is quite breathtaking.

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