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White Ladies Priory

White Ladies Priory

Boscobel, GB

Ruins of the late 12th century church of a small nunnery of 'white ladies' or Augustinian canonesses. The priory enjoyed a moment of high drama in 1651 when it briefly became the hiding place of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Disguised as a woodsman with his face covered in soot, he soon moved to nearby Boscobel House.

Karlskirche

Karlskirche

Vienna, AT

The Karlskirche is a Roman Catholic church built in the first half of the 18th century. Located on Karlsplatz near the city center, it is one of the most important baroque churches in the northern Alps and is a listed historical monument.

Wieskirche

Wieskirche

Steingaden, DE

The Wieskirche is a pilgrimage church in the Bavarian "Pfaffenwinkel" ("priests' corner": due to the large number of churches and monasteries in the region). The pilgrims come to see a wooden figure of the "Scourged Savior" who supposedly cried real tears in 1738. Built in the middle of the eighteenth century in a Rococo style, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Willesden Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Willesden Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

London, GB

The Willesden Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, founded in 1975, is the first Hindu Swaminarayan temple to open in London. First located in an abandoned Anglican church, a new temple was built from 1986 to 1988.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester, GB

Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the massive Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. It’s been a place of worship ever since.

Winchester College Chapel

Winchester College Chapel

Winchester, GB

The chapel was built between the years 1387 and 1395 to designs by William Wynford, with Hugh Herland responsible for the traceried wooden ceiling and Thomas of Oxford for the glazing. The chapel was consecrated for use on 17 July 1395. Its prime importance in Wykeham's scheme for the College is shown by its size.

Wooden articular church in Kežmarok

Wooden articular church in Kežmarok

Kežmarok, SK

The wooden joint church of Kežmarok is a 17th century Protestant church. The bricks, prohibited in the original construction, were added to the building during the last repair in the 1990s. As part of the wooden churches of the Slovak Carpathians, the building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wooden articular church of Hronsek

Wooden articular church of Hronsek

Hronsek, SK

The Wooden articular church of Hronsek is a Renaissance church dating from 1726. Its interior is original: the paintings, the bell and the organ all date from the 18th century. Since 2008, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wooden articular church of Leštiny

Wooden articular church of Leštiny

Leštiny, SK

The wooden joint church of Leštiny is an evangelical joint church built between 1688 and 1689. In this Catholic region, "articular" Protestant churches were then allowed as long as they were made of wood (a material seen as temporary) and did not have a tower or bell. However, a bell tower was erected later in 1777.

Wooden synagogue of Alanta

Wooden synagogue of Alanta

Alanta, LT

The wooden synagogue of Alanta, built between 1870 and 1900, is one of the few remaining wooden synagogues in Lithuania. Abandoned with the Second World War, it is now used as a storage facility.

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