Archive for the 'Religious' Category

Florence Cathedral

Filed under: Italy, Religious

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The Florence Cathedral, which is also known as The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is known for its dome that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.



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Westminster Abbey

Filed under: Religious, United Kingdom

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Westminster Abbey is a large Gothic church located in Westminster, London. It is now known as The Church of St Peter, Westminster and is the place of coronation and burial for English monarchs.

The Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey along with Saint Margaret’s Church are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



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St. Marks Basilica

Filed under: Italy, Religious

St. Marks Basilica (Basilica di San Marco a Venezia) is a Byzantine style church located in Venice, Italy.  The church was originally built in 832 and has been rebuilt numerous times.  It is known as the “Church of Gold” because of it’s status of Venice’s wealth and power.

You can also see the St. Marks Bell Tower above.  It was built in the ninth-century.  It collapsed in 1902 because of structural ”repairs” and was rebuilt by 1910.



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Seville Cathedral

Filed under: Religious, Spain

The Cathedral of Seville is formally known as Catedral de Santa maria del la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See).  It’s construction began in 1402 and was completed in the 16th century.  It is the largest Medieval Gothic religious building  in the world.  The tomb of Christopher Columbus is located within the Cathedral.



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Il Duomo di Milano

Filed under: Italy, Religious

Il Duomo di Milano is the 2nd largest church in Italy behind St. Peters Basilica in Rome.  It is also the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world after the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.

In the picture above, the front of the church is covered by scaffolds during a renovation. 



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Sistine Chapel

Filed under: Italy, Religious

The Sistine Chapel was built between 1475 and 1483 during the time of Pope Sixtus IV.  It is the Pope’s chapel and the location of papal elections.  One of the most famous features of the chapel is the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo before his death and the Last Judgement which was painted over the altar. 



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