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Architecture

Why do bishops have a special chair?

The "cathedra" that bishops sit on has a long and rich history in the Catholic Church.

Iceland’s tallest church is named for a composer

Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja is a reminder of the clergyman who gave Iceland's Lutherans the Passion Hymns.

The most beautiful monastic libraries in the world

Hidden behind heavy doors, traversed by winding staircases and corridors lined with bookshelves, they are jewels of European culture.

“Jubilee Church”: A modernist jewel on the outskirts of Rome

Designed in the late 1990s by American modernist archistar Richard Meier, it has been praised for encapsulating the spirituality of the “new millennium.”

5 Little-known medieval monasteries in Catalonia, Spain  

The northeastern autonomous region of Catalonia is a treasure trove of Romanesque monasteries.

13 Medieval monasteries around the pilgrimage route to Santiago, Spain

These architectural icons, built in the Spanish Romanesque style, are scattered along the Way of St. James, also known as the "Camino de Santiago."

Rome’s Pantheon, a place of Christian worship for the past 1,400 years

The ancient pagan temple turned church is remarkably well preserved -- it boasts the oldest unsupported concrete dome in the world.

The tallest Catholic church in the world is in Africa

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Coast was inspired by St. Peter’s in Rome.

Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the oldest Catholic sites in North America

Built in 1626 by a multi-talented Jesuit priest it stands as one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture

The “Igloo Church” of the Arctic was built to last

Designed by a missionary carpenter, this unique Catholic church reflects the local Inuit culture.

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