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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The Churches of the Master of Pernå

Little or nothing is known about the Master of Pernå, a master builder, probably of German origin, who worked from the 1430s to the 1460s. However, this church builder has left an important trace in the Finnish religious heritage as he is known to be the builder of some of the most beautiful medieval churches in Finland.

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Helsinki's Sacred Architecture

Although the buildings in Helsinki are not a thousand years old, its religious buildings display the diversity of modern architecture, of which Helsinki is one of the world's capitals.

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Churches of Tallinn

The city of Tallinn, whose medieval centre is listed by UNESCO, is visited for its castle, art museum, but also for its churches, which bear witness to the city's rich history through their diversity.

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Saaremaa Churches

Churches of Estonia are indicative of the rich history of the country, marked by successive occupations by Scandinavian merchants, German religious orders and neighbouring Russians. The beautiful island of Saaremaa contains an extremely well-preserved and representative sample of Estonia's rich sacred heritage.

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Crypts are among the oldest Christian religious constructions. Their lack of daylight and the frequent presence of tombs also make them a spooky place in popular culture. But far from being a sordid place, crypts can be real architectural gems, as in the following cases.

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A Little History Of Cathedrals

Many of us may think we know what a cathedral is, "an important religious building, being the centre of a bishopric and dating from the Middle Ages". Yet the definition is not as simple as it seems. In order to clarify what a cathedral is, we offer you a short history of these unique buildings.

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Europe's Oldest Pipe Organs

Organs contribute to the magical atmosphere of the churches. These massive instruments, perched as if by a miracle, are works of art made for centuries by a true artisanal elite.