Houses of Worship Thread

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  • Wandering DaneWandering Dane Beginner grinner Lone Tree, COPosts: 189Registered Users Major grins

    The two sons, mentioned in the first post of this thread, rose to prominence in Danish history.

    The elder, Esbern Snare, born in 1127, became a soldier and chief of the area, a governmental leader. He led a crusade to the Holy Land in 1192 and also led military actions against enemies of Denmark.

    The younger son, Absalon, born in 1128, studied in Paris, the center of higher learning at the time, and entered religious life. Eventually, he became Archbishop of Lund and Roskilde, then significant bishoprics in northern Europe.

    Absalon was also involved in secular matters, becoming the defacto ruler of Denmark from 1182 until his death. He initiated a number of building projects, including raising Copenhagen in 1167 from a sleepy fishing village to a city that eventually became the capital of Denmark.

    Another project was the church construction in Sorø, a town in the middle of the island of Zealand, 4 miles from his birthplace in Fjenneslev. In the 1140s, Absalon’s father, Asser Riig, had founded a monastery here and in 1161, Absalon started the construction of a large church adjacent to the monastery. The church was the first large brick-built building in northern Europe, a new construction material at the time. Absalon died in 1201 in Sorø and is buried in the church behind the altar.

    The north-facing side Sorø church is believed to have been changed very little since the church was constructed:

    The entry, facing west, was constructed in the 18th century:

    Interior main section:

    Absalon's grave stone, covering his tomb:

    My family worshiped in this church for decades, I was confirmed here in 1966 and both my parents' funerals were conducted in this church.

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,203Registered Users Major grins

    The Duomo in Milano

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  • Wandering DaneWandering Dane Beginner grinner Lone Tree, COPosts: 189Registered Users Major grins

    Altar in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark:

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    Marc Chagall stained glass window, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester UK

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    Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Málaga)

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    St Georges Cathederal , Cape Town

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    Tintern Abbey

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  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,724Registered Users Major grins

    Church of Rupelmonde, Belgium. Every year on the Thursday before Easter pieces of bread are blessed and later thrown from the town hall.
    One of the pieces contains a gold coin (fake gold) for which the lucky finder can get a surprise. Usually a small sculpture of a local artist.

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    Chapel of Saint Hervé on the Menez Bré (Côtes d'Armor, Bretagne) after sunset

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  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,724Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 24, 2018

    Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde - Étretat, France

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    Entrance to the abbey of Westmalle (Belgium)

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  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 6,335Super Moderators moderator

    I have forgotten which church this is, but it is downtown Key West.

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    St Jan Basilica in 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)

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  • willard3willard3 Jefe Máximo Posts: 1,731Registered Users Major grins
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    Templo San Sebastián, Bernal Querétaro, Méjico

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    Las Monjas in the Bajío

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    Antwerp Cathedral

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    Templo De San José De :La Montaña, SMA

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    Duomo in Firenze

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  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,724Registered Users Major grins

    Church in my village.

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,203Registered Users Major grins

    Interior of the Antwerp cathedral

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    Iglesia Salud in the Bajío

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    A small church in Hof (Iceland)

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    Cape Town Cathedral

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  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,203Registered Users Major grins

    Iglesia de San Juan Bautista in Málaga

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    Inside a small evangelic church in the east of Germany

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    Basilica Wilten (Innsbruck), Austria

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,203Registered Users Major grins

    The St. Bernardus chapel in Westmalle, built by the monks of Westmalle Abbey to thank the Lord for sparing the Abbey for bomb hits during WWII

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