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Cathedral of Trento

Cathedral of Trento

Trento, IT

The Cathedral of Trento is a Romanesque church built between 1212 and 1321 above an old early Christian basilica. It was Bishop Federico Vanga (1207-1218) who decided to completely rebuild the cathedral from the foundations, entrusting the project to the master comacins (magistri comacini). In the 14th century, with the construction of the rose window on the façade, the cathedral was given Gothic elements. From 1545 to 1563, the church hosted the solemn sessions of the Council of Trent, which initiated the Counter-Reformation.

St Anthony

St Anthony

Cartmel Fell, GB

Founded in 1504 and Grade I listed this peaceful church is tucked away on the Fell. Surrounded by a graveyard rich with wildflowers, the interior contains unusual box pews (possibly formed from an early Rood screen), a triple decker pulpit and stained glass both ancient and modern.

St. Wolfgang's Church

St. Wolfgang's Church

St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, AT

St. Wolfgang's Church is a pilgrimage church, first mentioned in 1183. According to legend, it was preceded by a church founded by St. Wolfgang himself in 976. The present building, however, dates mainly from the 15th century, after the previous church was destroyed by fire in 1429. The church was enlarged in the Rococo style in 1713, but the church is still almost entirely preserved in its late Gothic style.

Saint-Amant-de-Boixe Abbey

Saint-Amant-de-Boixe, FR

Nestled between the river Charente and the Boixe forest, the abbey has watched over the north of Angoumois for over a thousand years. Mentioned as early as 888, it was rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries thanks to the generosity of the Counts of Angoulême.

Chapel de Rosquelfen

Chapel de Rosquelfen

Laniscat, FR

Located in Laniscat, in the Côtes-d'Armor, the chapel Notre-Dame de Rosquelfen dates from the second half of the 14th century. Inside you will discover rich and interesting furniture and, outside, a classified Calvary monument dating from the sixteenth century.

Chapel of Notre-Dame du Yaudet, Ploulec'h

Chapel of Notre-Dame du Yaudet, Ploulec'h

Ploulec'h, FR

The chapel of Notre-Dame du Yaudet is located in Ploulec'h, in Brittany. The current chapel dates from 1860 but retains some elements of the original chapel, built in the fifteenth century. It is built in the middle of a parish enclosure, with a nave extended by a choir with a flat chevet, two side aisles and a trégorrois type steeple. The indulgence of the Yaudet attracts fishermen and parishioners every year. There is an altarpiece depicting a reclining Virgin nursing the Baby Jesus.

Certosa di Pavia

Certosa di Pavia

Pavia, IT

The Certosa di Pavia is one of the largest monasteries in Italy. It is part of the Carthusian monastic order, and was founded in the late 14th century. The cathedral is an elaborate and ornate example of both renaissance and Gothic styles, and is noted for its collection of artworks. In August of 1946, Benito Mussolini's illegally exhumed body was found in this cathedral resulting in two friars being arrested for conspiracy.

Church of St. Vitus

Church of St. Vitus

Český Krumlov, CZ

The church of St. Vitus was built in the 14th century in the Gothic style. As the old church built in 1309 had become too small for the growing population of the Rosenberg residence, a larger church was built. Thus, the present building was largely constructed between 1407 and 1438. It was given a Baroque appearance in 1725-1726.

St Rhychwyn, Llanrhychwyn

St Rhychwyn, Llanrhychwyn

Llanrhychwyn, GB

A typical little Welsh church, looking as though it has grown out of the bones of the hillside, with some striking medieval stained glass and seventeenth-century woodwork.

St Mary

St Mary

Staveley in Cartmel, GB

A church was first established on this site in the aftermath of the Dissolution of the Monasteries when Cartmel Priory was dissolved as part of the Henrician Reformation and a chapel was built on the present site using materials from Cartmel around 1537.

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