I took this image inside the Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona. I hadn’t planned to visit, but when I found myself very near the church with my camera, I decided to go inside and photograph it. It is an impressive building; you cannot realize how huge it is until you are inside.
Built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia’s maritime and mercantile preeminence, it’s an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. The architects in charge were Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig.
The church is also known due to the historical novel “The Cathedral of the Sea,” written by Ildelfonso Falcones. The story takes place in the 14th century Barcelona at the height of the Inquisition, with the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.
Chester Cathedral sits in the middle of the town, and while much of it is relatively recent, there has been worship on this site for at least 2000 years. Inside the oldest part of the building dates from the 11th Century.
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)…Istanbul
Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years.
Almost a landmark Eichstätt are the fourteen Stations of the Cross on the way to Frauenberg to Eichstatt. The mountain is named after the revered image of the Virgin in the same name, romantically situated pilgrimage church – a popular wedding chapel as a place of calm abiding.