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St James

St James

Bushey, GB

The church is set back from the High Street in the old village of Bushey, behind a village green and a pond. It has provided a place of peace for worship and prayer for over 700 years.

St. Bonaventure's Cathedral, Banja Luka

St. Bonaventure's Cathedral, Banja Luka

Banja Luka, BA

St. Bonaventure's Cathedral is one of the four Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first cathedral existed between 1887 and 1969, but an earthquake damaged it and its building had to be completely demolished. The new modernist cathedral built in 1972-1973 is reminiscent of a tent, recalling the Old Testament tent as a place of prayer.

Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Banja Luka

Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Banja Luka

Banja Luka, BA

The first church on the site of today's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was built during the Ottoman period. It was destroyed after the 1875 uprising against the Turks. After the First World War, a new cathedral was built on this site between 1925 and 1939, but in 1941 it was bombed and its apse was badly damaged. Left in ruins by the communist regime, it was not until 1993 that the cathedral was rebuilt and finally completed in 2009.

Ferhat Pasha Mosque

Ferhat Pasha Mosque

Banja Luka, BA

The Ferhat Pasha Mosque was built in 1579. It is considered a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and is a national monument in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Destroyed in 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was rebuilt afterwards.

Jasna Góra

Jasna Góra

Częstochowa, PL

Jasna Góra is a sanctuary and a monastery founded in 1382 by Vladislaus II of Opole. The Duke installed the icon of the Black Madonna there in 1384, which thousands of pilgrims still come to venerate every year. Jasna Góra is seen as a symbol of Polish identity as one of the main pilgrimage centres of the country, but also as a fortified complex (since 1621) that defended Poland against foreign armies.

Watts Chapel

Watts Chapel

Compton, GB

Landscape, art and remembrance are beautifully blended together in the Grade I listed Watts Chapel. Described as ‘stunning and quirky' and a must-see for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts, the Chapel's extraordinary design, a fusion of Celtic influences and Arts & Crafts architecture, fascinates and overwhelms all who venture up the winding yew tree paths to visit. Visit the grave of Aldous Huxley and enjoy stunning views over the Surrey Hills.

Church of Saint-Fraigne, Siant-Fraigne

Saint-Fraigne, FR

The priory of Saint-Fraigne is mentioned as early as the 9th century. In 1567, it was handed over to the Abbey of Charroux. Ruined during the wars of religion, the abbey will be suppressed in 1762. After various repairs, the almost complete reconstruction of the old Romanesque church (1868-1869) is stopped according to the plans of the architect de Ruffec : Gaschtofte.

Imperial Chapel

Ajaccio, FR

The cardinal died in 1839, he wanted a family crypt to be created before his death. It was Napoleon III who granted his wish and had this palatine chapel built, including a crypt. The construction of the building began in 1857 and was the chapel was blessed in 1860.

Synagogue in Kőbánya

Synagogue in Kőbánya

Kőbánya, HU

The Synagogue in Kőbánya is an Ashkenazi synagogue completed in 1911 by architect Richárd Schontheil. In use until 1964, this Hungarian Secessionist brick synagogue now serves as a church.

Cahors Cathedral

Cahors Cathedral

Cahors , FR

Construction began in the 12th century, a period of which little remains. The cathedral was completed in 1700. The Second World War inflicted damage to the building, which lost its stained glass windows during a bombing raid. New stained glass windows were inaugurated in 2000 by the Dutch artist Jan Dibbets and the glassmaker Jean Muret.

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