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Abbey of Saint Gall

Abbey of Saint Gall

St. Gallen, CH

The Abbey of St. Gall, called Kloster St. Gall (founded in 719, abolished in 1805), is the oldest monastery in Switzerland. Its Rococo library is one of the most important monastic libraries in the world.

Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas

Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas

, ES

The Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, is a monastery of Cistercian nuns of San Bernardo. It was founded in 1187 by King Alfonso VIII of Castile and his wife Leonor de Plantagenet. It houses works of great value, including some of the oldest stained glass windows in Spain.

Abbey of St Victor

Abbey of St Victor

Marseille, FR

The abbey Saint-Victor of Marseille was founded in the 5th century by Jean Cassien, near the tombs of martyrs of Marseille, among whom Saint Victor of Marseille († in 303 or 304). For more than 1,500 years, Saint-Victor is one of the high places of Catholicism in the south of France, and although the monastery was dismantled at the Revolution, the church is still assigned to worship. The abbey is classified as a historical monument since 1840.

Abtei St. Bonifaz

Abtei St. Bonifaz

Munich, DE

St. Boniface is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1835 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in a Byzantine style.

Achel Abbey

Achel Abbey

Hamont-Achel, BE

The Achel Abbey was first built in 1656 as a chapel and soon became a hermitage (1686). In 1846 the building was converted into a priory, and to a Trappist abbey in 1871.

Aegidienkirche

Aegidienkirche

Hannover, DE

This 14th-century cathedral was built on the site of a former 12th-century Romanesque church and an even older chapel. It was the site of where the reformation began in Hanover. The church was destroyed in an air-raid during the Second World War, leaving only the tower and some walls. Today it stands as a war memorial, featuring a sculpture, dedicated in 1959 and a peace bell donated from Hanover's sister city, Hiroshima, Japan.

Agen Cathedral

Agen, FR

Tradition has it that a church in homage to Saint Caprais was built at the beginning of the 5th century by Bishop Saint Dulcid who allegedly transported the relics of the martyrs there. A basilica dedicated to Saint Caprais probably existed in 580. After being cleared again in December 1561, during the Wars of Religion, the collegiate church of Saint-Caprais became a fodder store in 1791 before being reopened in 1796 and becoming the official cathedral of Agen, after the destruction of the old Saint-Étienne cathedral during the Revolution. It was elevated to the rank of a cathedral in 1802.

Agios Ahillios Island churches, Lake Mikri Prespa

Agios Ahillios Island churches, Lake Mikri Prespa

Florina, GR

The connected island of Agios Ahillios is a site steeped in history. Indeed, in the 10th century, this islet was one of the centres of Bulgarian imperial power, at which time it preserves the massive ruins of the Basilica of St. Achilles. South of the site are still several other churches and monasteries.

Agios Eleftherios Church

Agios Eleftherios Church

Athina, GR

The Agios Eleftherios church was built in the early 13th century. This date, however, is the subject of debate, some historians claiming that the church could be older (twelfth, eleventh, even eight centuries). This Byzantine temple was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Eileithyia.

Agios Georgios church

Agios Georgios church

Athina, GR

The Agios Georgios church in Athens is a nineteenth-century reconstruction of a medieval temple. The Greek-Byzantine style of the temple is typical of the reign of Otto I (1832-1862) during which the temple was rebuilt after being destroyed during the Revolution of 1821.

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