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Chiesa di San Severino abate

Chiesa di San Severino abate

San Severo, IT

The church of San Severino Abate, first mentioned in 1059, is the oldest sacred building in San Severo. It was originally a small primitive church located on the probable route of the variant of the Via Francigena, today called "Via Sacra Langobardorum". The original three-aisled Benedictine church with a gabled façade was transformed into a larger single-aisle temple in 1224. During the Renaissance, the church was enriched with altars and paintings, but the earthquake of 30 July 1627 caused severe damage to the building. The collapsed walls and roofs were rebuilt and completed around 1640, the bell tower, begun in 1651, was completed around 1730. In a state of advanced dilapidation in the 1960s, it closed. After forty-eight years of long periods of neglect and much-debated restoration work that partly compromised its artistic integrity, the church was finally reopened for worship on 27 April 2008.

All Saints

All Saints

Hereford, GB

All Saints Church has been a focus of Hereford life for over 800 years. Its dramatic twisted spire dominates the skyline, and the medieval interior is an inspired meeting of the sacred and the secular: we aim to serve the human need for physical and social as well as spiritual nourishment.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

San Severo, IT

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was founded in the 11th century, but most of the present building dates from the 18th century. The only medieval remains are the large rose window, two single lancet stone windows on the left side and the stone baptismal font, now located near the main portal. The present façade was built in 1872, while the imposing bell tower, restored in 2006, dates from the 18th century.

Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso

Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso

San Severo, IT

The Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of the Succession, also known as the Church of St. Augustine, was built in the 12th century and became the seat of the Augustinian fathers, who added a monastery, attested to as early as 1319. Completely renovated between 1750 and 1759, the church was enriched in 1780 with an elegant stone façade by Pietro and Gregorio Palmieri.

Monastery Saint-Pierre

Monastery Saint-Pierre

Tonquédec, FR

Collegiate Saint-Pierre is located in Tonquédec, in Brittany. The oldest parts of the building date back to the fifteenth century, and the bell tower was added in the eighteenth century. The church was erected as a collegiate church in the 15th century by Jean de Ploeuc, bishop of Tréguier. The collegiate church was later restored several times, notably in the 19th century. Inside, there is a remarkable fifteenth century canopy, composed of 16 stained glass windows.

York Minster

York Minster

York, GB

Discover 2,000 years of history and human creativity. Delve into the historic and human stories which have shaped the Minster we see today, from its Roman roots to the staff and volunteers who care for the current cathedral.

Thisted Church

Thisted Church

Thisted, DK

This church was built around 1500 in the late Gothic style with yellow bricks mixed with granite blocks and chalk. In the disused cemetery is the tomb of J.P. Jacobsen (1847-1885).

St Mary

St Mary

Ottery St Mary, GB

This beautiful church has been hallowed by prayers of the faithful for nearly 700 years. It has many historic, beautiful and interesting features to discover. The name 'Oteri Sancte Marie' is first mentioned in 1242. The town takes its name from the River Otter and the fact that the town belonged to Rouen Cathedral. With its glorious church and picturesque buildings, Ottery St Mary has given inspiration to Coleridge, Thackeray and JK Rowling.

St Nikolai's Church

St Nikolai's Church

Halmstad, SE

St Nikolai's Church, formerly also Halmstad Church, dates from the 15th century, as it was first mentioned in 1432. The building escaped the great fire of 1619 and is, therefore, one of the few buildings to have been preserved from before. During the restoration of 1869-1872, the church received its present exterior cladding of yellow facade tiles. Previously it had a red-tiled façade, which was whitewashed around 1815. Today, this older facade is hidden behind the yellow brick. The present interior was added after an extensive restoration in 1938-1941 in order to reinforce the medieval character.

St Peter & St Paul

St Peter & St Paul

Pickering, GB

Pickering's parish church is famous for its stunning medieval wall paintings. Painted originally about 1450 but covered over at the Reformation, these were rediscovered in 1852, but then painted over again! They were finally restored and today their vibrant images thrill visitors with how medieval churches once looked.

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Religiana, a project by Future for Religious Heritage, presents a catalogue of beatiful and inspiring buildings, helping you experience Europe's history, today!