The New synagogue in Szeged, built between 1900 and 1902, is one of the largest synagogues in the world. The synagogue displays a mixture of many styles, from Art Nouveau to Moorish and Gothic. Its architect, Lipót Baumhorn, built several dozen synagogues in Central and Eastern Europe.
St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Hungary and one of the coronation churches in Hungary, having been the coronation church of Bela in 1235. The cathedral was used as a mosque during the Turkish occupation. After the liberation of Hungary, the authorities decided to build a new church on the site, and the present Baroque building was erected from 1743 to 1771.
This church was built in the baroque and Louis XVI style. It was given official cathedral status in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It houses a certified replica of the Shroud of Turin.
The Serbian Church, built in 1911, now operates as an independent gallery showcasing local and foreign artists' works. Exhibitions change every two months.
Szombathely Cathedral was built from 1791 to 1797, fourteen years after the creation of the diocese. The building was endowed with a classical style in the taste of the 18th century, while the interior of the church was completed later in the 19th century.
The Synagogue in Szydłów was built between 1534 and 1564 as a fortress synagogue in the late Gothic style. During World War II the synagogue was repurposed as a weapons and food magazine. The building was used as a village cinema and library. The synagogue is now the seat of the Commune Culture Centre in Poland.
The Sæbø church is a long church from 1884. The first church in Sæbø was probably built around 1300, which makes Sæbø one of the first parishes in Nordhordland to have its own church. In the 1860s it became clear that a new church was needed in Sæbø, as the old one did not meet the requirements laid down by law. The work was carried out by the builder Karl Askeland, who had also designed the church.
The Sæle Church is a wooden church built in 1903. The church has a long plan and was designed by the architect Hans Jacob Sparre. Until the construction of the new church, the old stone church from around 1200 on Kvamsøy was the parish church. It was old, small and inaccessible, so many members of the parish worked on the construction of a new church, either on Sæle or on Lindane.
The Sælen church is one of the three churches in Fyllingsdalen. It was built in 2001, after an architectural competition in 1998. On the altar wall there is an artwork by Søren Ubisch. The building was awarded one of the four Bergen Masonry Prizes in 2003.
The church in Sødorp is a cruciform church built of wood with a tower in the middle of the cross plan. The monogram of King Fredrik V is above the side entrance to the north. In 1908-10 the church was dismantled and moved to the presbytery west of Gudbrandsdalslågen, where it still stands (rededicated on 19 October 1910). In 1960-61 the church was restored.
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.