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Churches from Around the World-a photo essay

I’ve heard many people say that after visiting a European country (or two or three in some cases)they were “burnt” out from churches. That once you’ve seen one, you’ve “seen” them all. I could not disagree more with this statement. Every church is different as each one has its own unique history and story to be told. Not to mention the architecture; even in the same city no two churches are the “same,” inside or out.

And in the majority of countries you will visit in the world, a church is one thing you can always count on seeing.

A random church in Paris, France
Basilica of Santa Croce- Florence, Italy
Granada, Nicaragua
 Christ Church-Dublin, Ireland
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula-Brussels, Belgium
 Se Cathedral-Lisbon, Portugal
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 Notre Dame Basilica-Montreal, Canada
Kawaiahao Church-Honolulu, Oahu (Hawaii). 
This is the oldest Christian church on Oahu. It was dedicated in 1842 and services
 are still conducted in both English and Hawaiian.
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadelupe-Mexico
Notre Dame-Paris, France
Catedral-Sevilla, Spain
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  • Reply
    January 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful indeed! Churches look so elegant and exquisite. Nice photo essay idea!

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      Julie Tulba
      January 31, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks Renuka, I’m glad you liked it!

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    Jo Ann M.
    January 31, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Such a lovely post! Each and every church or building for that matter has its own story, but churches in particular are built for a specific purpose that resonates everywhere.

    Santa Croce seems like such a simplistic design to be the burial place of so many important Italians, including Michelangelo & Galileo.

    The cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Belgium is quite beautiful! I love the tracery work. Of course Notre Dame in Paris is one of my personal favorites!

    Humbler churches like the one in Hawaii have their own personal charm.

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      Julie Tulba
      January 31, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      At least from what I remembered, the picture of Santa Croce doesn’t do the outside justice. It’s very ornate up close.

      We happened upon St. Michael and St. Gudula by chance (I hadn’t been planning on visiting it) but I remember it being stunning (it’s where the royals marry).

      We didn’t have the time to go into the church in Hawaii but I would have loved to have attended a service in Hawaiian!

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    January 31, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I easily suffer church fatigue very easily when travelling, but two that I always remember when people mention churches around the world is the Orthodox Church in Belgrade: and The Divided Church in Mauke, Cook Islands:

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      January 31, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      I love the colors in the Cook Islands church! Something you can only see in the “new world.” Luckily there are a ton of Orthodox churches here in Pittsburgh (from the immigrant heyday of the 20th century) and so I get to see them a lot. I never tire of looking at them.

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    January 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    There are so many beautiful churches around the world. I loved the cathedral in Sevilla – it’s absolutely spectacular!

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      Julie Tulba
      January 31, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Churches truly are always a beautiful sight, regardless of one’s personal beliefs. Yes, the cathedral in Sevilla is so a sight I would love to revisit. I can’t believe it’s been eight years since I studied there!

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