Be Inspired

Europe is a diverse and inspiring continent, full of fascinating details, places, people and events. Our religious heritage is not only a window into this past, but also provides enjoyment and inspiration for its architecture, its beauty and its splendour. These lists show some of the ways that Europe's religious heritage can be enjoyed today.

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Eugeniu Iordachescu, the saviour of Bucharest's churches

The construction of Bucharest's largest and best-known avenue in the 1980’s nearly obliterated dozens of centuries-old churches. Fortunately, the timely response of civil engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu, ”the engineer of heaven”, saved many of them from destruction. Iordachescu devised a system whereby the churches could be lifted from their foundations and relocated by rail tracks to a safe place without having to be dismantled. Pay attention when you visit Bucharest because you may find these saved churches where you least expect them.

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Moorish Revival synagogues

In the 19th century, the emergent Jewish community needed an architectural style that matched their growing wealth. the Moorish style, which originated in Spain when the country was under Islamic rule, and its oriental elements became popular throughout Europe. Domes and horseshoe arches began to abound in the newly built synagogues until the early 20th century. Here are some of the best examples of Moorish revival synagogues across Europe.

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A Journey through Europe’s oldest mosques

From the Moorish mosques of Andalus to the Ottoman mosques of the Balkans, these centuries-old temples are part of European history. Some have been converted or adapted for other uses, and others are still active temples, but all of them bear witness to the succession of cultures and beliefs and the mixture of artistic and architectural styles. Embark with us on a journey through the oldest and most fascinating mosques in Europe.

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Europe’s most beautiful stained-glass windows

Stained glass is a fine art that has decorated sacred buildings since the Middle Ages, creating a captivating scene of light and colour to which it is difficult to remain indifferent. Those who pay enough attention will discover the story and mysteries of Christianity written in them. Check out this list of European stained-glass masterpieces which will take your breath away.

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Ten churches featured in films

Whether to convey a solemn, mystical or calm atmosphere, churches are recurrent in films, they are part of all cinematographic genres. The following list, as incomplete as it is eclectic, is proof of the diversity of the use of sacred places in cinema.

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Hindu temples in Europe

Despite the dominance of churches, synagogues and mosques throughout Europe, other religious communities have taken root in the continent. The Hindu community has more than 100 temples, some of which are marvellous monumental and vivacious constructions built by Tamil emigres between the 90s and 2000s. Have a look at these precious examples of Dravidian architecture on European territory.

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Moorish Mosques of Spain

Present on the Iberian Peninsula from 711 to 1492, the Moors, who came from North Africa, left their mark on their passage through culture and architecture. Witnesses of this period are the mosques, which are rare survivors that were spared because they were converted into churches.