The history of the Church in Europe is an integral part of the continent's own story.
Click here to launch the slideshow
Well, not only did his persecution fail to eliminate Christianity in the empire, Diocletian’s final resting place was turned into a church. Now known as the Cathedral of St. Domnius, it is the second oldest structure used as a Christian cathedral.
That’s just one story in the fascinating history of the oldest churches of Europe. Here are some of the others.
Since you are here…
…we’d like to have one more word with you. We are excited to report that Aleteia’s readership is growing at a rapid rate, world-wide! Our team proves its mission every day by providing high-quality content that informs and inspires a Christian life. But quality journalism has a cost and it’s more than ads can cover. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable. Become an Aleteia Patron today for as little as $3 a month. May we count on you?