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Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis

Kakopetria , CY

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis is one of the painted churches of the Troodos Mountains. As such, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Construction began in the early 11th century, with frescoes dating back to the 6th century.

Aglona Basilica

Aglona Basilica

Aglona, LV

The Aglona Basilica, or Basilica of the Assumption, is a baroque church that represents the centre of Catholicity in Latvia. The church was built by the Dominicans between 1768 and 1789, in place of a former wooden Dominican monastery church dating from 1699. The basilica remains an important place of Marian pilgrimage in north-eastern Europe, especially around 15 August, the feast of the Assumption.

Agnita Fortified Church

Agnita Fortified Church

Agnita, RO

The 13th century basilica, initially built without towers, was rebuilt and fortified two centuries later when the chancel was completed with a defence level on arches with loopholes. This level was to be removed in the 19th century. By heightening the aisles, the building became a hall church. The western potter’s tower is equipped with a parapet walk built in the timber frame technique. The ring wall was demolished, but the defence towers are preserved: the potter’s tower, the gate tower also called the cooper’s tower, the tailor’s tower, the smith’s tower and the cobbler’s tower. The techniques and details are impressive not only on the construction itself, but inside as well. The chancel boasts a well-preserved double winged altar from 1650, an artwork that echoes the pre-reformation Gothic winged altars.

Ahrida Synagogue, Istanbul

Ahrida Synagogue, Istanbul

Istanbul, TR

The Ahrida Synagogue is located in Balat, a once thriving Jewish quarter in the city. The foundations of the synagogue date from the late 1400s but may be older. Following a fire in the 1600s it was rebuilt in the Ottoman baroque style. It was later renovated in 1990-1991.

Aigueperse Holy-Chapel

Aigueperse Holy-Chapel

Aigueperse, FR

Built in 1475, work was completed in 1496 and the chapel was built on the model of the Riom Sainte-Chapelle. As a Sainte-Chapelle, it housed a relic of the Passion of Christ, a thorn in his crown.

Ajaccio Cathedral

Ajaccio, FR

This cathedral succeeds three previous cathedrals, the last of which was razed to the ground after a French bombardment in 1554.

Akureyrarkirkja

Akureyrarkirkja

Akureyri, IS

The Akureyri church is a Lutheran church dedicated in 1940. The building was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the architect behind the Hallgrímskirkja.

Albi Cathedral

Albi Cathedral

Albi, FR

Cathedral built from 1150 to 1196. A fire destroys the roof in the 14th century. At the same time, apse chapels are added. In the 18th century, the facade threatened to collapse and was rebuilt.

Ales Cathedral

Ales Cathedral

Alès , FR

This church is one of the oldest in Beauvais, with an edification started in the 11th century and completed in the 13th century. A fire ravaged the church in 1592, then it was restored in the XVIIth, then in the XVIIIth with the reconstruction of the bell tower.

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