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Vinje Church

Vinje Church

Vinjeøra, NO

The church in Vinje is an octagonal wooden church dating from 1820. In 1674, the church was described as so precarious that it had to be demolished, and the following summer a new building was constructed. Gerhard Schønning visited the place in 1773 and made a drawing of the church at that time. It was a simple long church with extra choirs and, according to Schønning's drawing, it had roof railings and small windows.

Vinje church

Vinje church

Voss, NO

The Vinje church is a long wooden church built in 1871. The architect of the church was the builder Ole Vangberg. Vangberg also designed the church in Oppheim, which was built in the same year as the church in Vinje.

Vinje kyrkje

Vinje kyrkje

Vinje, NO

Vinje Church is a cruciform church built in 1796 by the architect Jarand Rønjom. Vinje Church is referred to in the Middle Ages as Vinjar Church, and must have been built before 1200.

Vinne Church

Vinne Church

Verdal, NO

The Vinne church is an octagonal church from 1814-15. The wooden structure was built in 1814-17 to replace the church of Halle which was located at the other end of the parish. In 1893 it was decided to restore and rebuild the church. The church was extended in 1893 with a porch and tower. The building was restored in the late 1950s.

Virane Synagogue in Istanbul

Virane Synagogue in Istanbul

Üsküdar/ Istanbul, TR

The Virane Synagogue in Istanbul is a Sephardi synagogue built around 1840. The synagogue has been rebuilt in 1980 and in 1997. This brick building still serves as a synagogue.

Virga Jesse Basilica

Virga Jesse Basilica

Hasselt, BE

The Basilica Virga Jesse dates back to the 18th century. The Brotherhood of Our Lady built the Clerkenkapel in 1334 to venerate the statue of the Virgin Mary, Virga Jesse. From 1727 it was replaced by a church in late baroque and early classicist style. The church was completed in 1740. François-Xavier de Mérode. In November 1944 the church and the adjacent houses were severely damaged by a rocket. The reconstruction of the church was completed in 1951.

Virklund Sognehus

Virklund Sognehus

Silkeborg, DK

Virklund Church was built in 1994 and designed by the Danish architects Johannes and Inger Exner. It is located on a hillside immediately north of the eastern end of Lake Thorso, around which the town of Virklund winds, and is thus quite centrally located in the city. a large, sloping hexagonal roof surface, which is most clearly seen from the west.

Virolahti Sacristy

Virolahti Sacristy

Virolahti, FI

The Virolahti sacristy is a medieval stone sacristy that was built between 1500 and 1530 next to the wooden church of the time. The intention was to build an entire stone church later, but for financial and other reasons this did not materialise. The wooden church attached to the sacristy was demolished in the 17th century and replaced by a new one. This new wooden church was itself demolished in 1847 after an auction.

Visby Cathedral

Visby Cathedral

Visby, SE

The Visby cathedral was originally built as a catholic cathedral in the late 12th century. It was built for German traders that frequented Visby and financed by the tax that they were required to pay. Today, it is the only medieval church still in use in Visby, the rest being preserved as ruins. After the Reformation, the church was made the seat of the diocese of Visby under the Church of Sweden.

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri , RO

The fortified church in Viscri still stands as a striking example of Transylvanian defensive architecture. On the foundations of the former Romanesque basilica, built by the first Székely settlers a new chancel was erected after dismantling the apse. In 1500 the church was fortified. Therefore the hall was prolonged and connected with the western, until then freestanding, dungeon, which most probably belonged to an early extinct noble family. The tower was heightened with one level with room for bells and parapet walk and another defensive level with loopholes for arches was built in the roof. The defence level of the chancel was demolished in 1743. The 7 m high ring wall was built in early 16th century and during the 17th century was strengthened by fortified houses, defensive towers and parapet walk. In the more peaceful times following 1743 grains storage rooms for the inhabitants replaced the parapet walk. The interior of the church still preserves the paneled ceiling from 1743 and the sober furnishing.

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