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Chapel Notre-Dame de Goz-Iliz, Pleudaniel

Chapel Notre-Dame de Goz-Iliz, Pleudaniel

Pleudaniel, FR

The chapel of Notre-Dame of Goz-Iliz is located in Camarel (commonly known as Pleudaniel), in Brittany. Notre-Dame-de-Goz-Iliz (meaning "old church" in Breton) is located in the charming wooded valley of the Camarel cove on the edge of the Trieux. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and sailors lost at sea.

Nonnberg Abbey

Nonnberg Abbey

Salzburg, AT

Nonnberg Abbey is an abbey of Benedictine sisters in Salzburg. Founded in the 8th century, it is today one of the Christian convents with the longest continuous activity. Dating mostly from the 16th century, the current monastic complex, with its surrounding walls and archaeological sites, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city of Salzburg.

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe Church

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe Church

Aiguilhe, FR

On the site of Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe, a chapel in pre-Romanesque style had been built since the 10th century. Abandoned after the French Revolution, the building owes its existence to Prosper Merimée who added it to the list of cultural properties in 1840.

Saint Nicolas' church

Saint Nicolas' church

Stralsund, DE

The oldest church in Stralsund, St. Nicolas' church was constructed in 1234, gaining its modern form after reconstruction in 1971. It was constructed as a way to exhibit the wealth of Stralsund as a Hanseatic city.

St Paul

St Paul

Jarrow, GB

Jarrow has a very long and distinguished history. It was one of the first places to be invaded by the Vikings, who eventually colonised the North East. It was also the home of the Venerable Bede, a scholar, monk and writer, known as the Father of English History.

Château, La Chèze

Château, La Chèze

La Chèze, FR

The castle of Chèze was built on the coasts of Armor by Eudon II in the twelfth century. The castle was passed into the hands of the Rohan family who built, in the fifteenth century, their accounting room. In 1629, the castle was dismantled by order of Richelieu. Some of the stones are sold on August 25, 1743, in order to construct the new church of Loudéac.

St Raphael

St Raphael

Huccaby, GB

St Raphael's today is a church in its own right, but it was originally built in 1869 by the Rector of Lydford, Revd Morris Fuller, as a mission chapel. He wanted to bring the gospel to those of his flock who lived too far from the parish church, which was the largest parish in Dartmoor and one of the largest in the country.

St Derfel

St Derfel

Llandderfel, GB

The church is first recorded in the Taxatio of 1291 as the ‘Eccl'ia de Landervael. The present church is an early Tudor rebuilding, probably of the early 16th century and is a single chamber parish church. This church is dedicated to Derfel Gadarn (Derfel the Mighty) a warrior saint of the 6th century. A shrine was also dedicated to him on the slopes of Mynydd Maen. This shrine belonged to the religious house of Llantarnam.

Sacra di San Michele

Sacra di San Michele

Sant'Ambrogio di Torino, IT

The Sacra di San Michele is a monastic complex perched on top of Mount Pirchiriano, 960 meters above sea level, one of the most beautiful examples of religious architecture in the Piedmont region. Founded in the 10th century, it became one of the main centers of Benedictine spirituality in Italy from the 12th to the 15th century. In 2018, the old monastery of Sacra suffered serious damage following a fire on the roof.

St James

St James

Swimbridge, GB

St James is built on ‘holy ground where the saints of old worshipped untold centuries ago' Revd JF Chanter. The tower with its lead broached spire has been dated to about 1310. It is one of only three in Devon. The church was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries and contains exceptional features. They include a carved screen described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘glorious' and a carved font, both from the renaissance period.

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