Be Inspired

Europe is a diverse and inspiring continent, full of fascinating details, places, people and events. Our religious heritage is not only a window into this past, but also provides enjoyment and inspiration for its architecture, its beauty and its splendour. These lists show some of the ways that Europe's religious heritage can be enjoyed today.

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An alpine landscape, with a village and church to the left side of the photo

7 Places of Worship for Nature Lovers and Hikers in Europe

Throughout time, European beautiful landscape and the spirituality of its inhabitants inspired the creation of places of worship hidden in rocky cliffs, lush vegetation and solitary islands. These heritage sites offer a sense of peace and wonder to any guest, regardless of their beliefs or religious affiliation. We have selected 7 must-visit sanctuaries which combine the force of nature with spirituality. Do you know any other must-visit place of worship in your region?

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Stained Glass Windows of Le Saint Capelle

Top 8 Gothic Churches in Europe

When you think of European architectural heritage, majestic gothic cathedrals with bright, stained-glass windows and high towers decorated with spires and pinnacles immediately come to mind. Built between the 12th and the 16th centuries, these stunning buildings emerged out of the Romanesque movement, which designed churches with thick walls, round arches, and large towers. Gothic architecture, on the other hand, developed a style of stonework building focused on height and light. Common traits include echoing halls decorated with pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses, all of which sustained a tall structure while preserving natural light. Gothic churches were designed to bring worshipers closer to God by defying architectural constraints. Find out about our selection of 8 must-visit gothic masterpieces in Europe!

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Royal Buildings

Britain loves a royal wedding. Street parties, the Red Arrows, sausage rolls, triangular sandwiches, a tombola. And of course, bunting! But what about the hosting royal wedding? Of course, Westminster Abbey is the most famous venue for royal ceremonies, but there are many more buildings that are connected with royalty. 

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Defensive buildings

The history of Europe has been marred by conflict. Religious buildings were often the largest and strongest buildings in a village, meaning that locals would often use them for shelter when trouble approached.

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Victims of the Hundred Year War

Bad weather, poor foundations, old age and renovations can all cause the demolition of a religious building. However, so can an army, as these buildings were all victims of one of Europe's most intractable conflicts.