London Churches

St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey aren’t the only sights in London for people interested in churches and cathedrals. Visitors to the main sights in London should always be aware that there is a historical church close by. These smaller churches aren’t as famous as St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, but you won’t haveContinue reading “London Churches”

Skip Rome’s queues and entrance fees and visit a baroque masterpiece

The Church of St Ignatius of Loyola is an oasis of calm in Rome’s tourist central showcasing wonderful trompe-l’oeil frescoes

Instagram snapshots: Tokyo’s places of worship

Showing a different side to Tokyo, Belfast-born photographer Conor MacNeill turns his lens on the striking architecture and stunning interiors of a mosque, cathedral and temple

Cycling is religion in Flanders, Belgium

They take cycling seriously in Belgium. But in the Flanders region of the country, it’s closer to religion, as a remarkable exhibition in a church in Roeselare shows

Armenia – the treasury at Echmiadsin

I headed to the Treasury to see some of the less palatable objects associated with religion, namely reliquaries containing the body parts of the apostles, Thaddeus, Peter, and Andrew. These parts are called relics and are venerated by people who visit Echmiadsin, but I have always found it hard to believe these relics can beContinue reading “Armenia – the treasury at Echmiadsin”

Zvartnots Cathedral

The main church at this site was built around 650. It had three storeys and seems to have had 32 equal sides, quite a feat of engineering in itself. The whole of the cathedral precinct was destroyed in 930 by an earthquake and gradually became hidden under centuries of soil until it was re-discovered aroundContinue reading “Zvartnots Cathedral”

Armenia – Noravank Monastery

Noravank monastery lies in the Gnishik Gorge around 6 kilometres from the main road. The gorge is known for its sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery’s best known feature is the two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, built by Prince Burtel Orbelian in 1339. He was the descendant ofContinue reading “Armenia – Noravank Monastery”