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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Ten churches featured in films

Whether to convey a solemn, mystical or calm atmosphere, churches are recurrent in films, they are part of all cinematographic genres. The following list, as incomplete as it is eclectic, is proof of the diversity of the use of sacred places in cinema.

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Spooky churches

Decaying Victorian mansions and cemeteries fill our imaginations when it comes to Halloween, but churches are not to be outdone in providing a sometimes spooky atmosphere, as you are about to see with the following ten examples.

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Churches in TV series

A paragon of modern culture, TV series often showcases cultural heritage elements, including religious heritage buildings. As a watermark of the episodes, these buildings appear as landmarks with a decorative or active role in the unfolding of the story.

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Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

Mudéjar art is inherent in Spain. Influenced by Islamic tradition, it reflects various contemporary European styles, particularly Gothic. Present until the early 17th century, it is characterised by an extremely refined and inventive use of bricks and glazed tiles in architecture, particularly in belfries.

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Sacred places of the Hanseatic League

From the 12th to the 17th century, an association of northern trading towns known as the Hanseatic League governed trade in Europe. From Belgium to Estonia, these wealthy cities created a distinctive architectural style: brick Gothic, which inspired the construction of the following 12 religious buildings.

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Top 10 fortified churches

Throughout Europe's history there have been numerous conflicts and eras of turmoil. Religious buildings were often the largest and strongest buildings in urban areas, which meant that people often used them as shelters when problems arose. These 10 fortified sites are outstanding examples of the intersection of defensive and sacred architecture

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Top 10 futuristic places of worship

The methods and materials of construction may have changed, but today's churches have not lost any of the tradition of sacred architecture that seeks to convey the divine message through architectural forms. These 10 futuristic religious buildings throughout Europe are proof of this.

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10 post-war era churches

The Second World War was a landmark event in Europe. The period that followed was forever changed politically, economically and also artistically. These 10 churches testify to the radical shift in architecture in the post-war era.