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As '''Christianity''' is the world's most prolific religion, there are Christian buildings in literally every continent, including [[Antarctica]]. Several sites built in the name of Christianity are on the [[UNESCO World Heritage List]].
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'''Christianity''' is the world's most prolific religion, with churches and other dedicated buildings on literally every continent, including [[Antarctica]]. Several sites built in the name of Christianity are on the [[UNESCO World Heritage List]].
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As Christian congregations have had a significant role in most communities where they are present, a traveller will learn much from visiting a local church, whether a believing Christian or not.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
Some main types of Christian buildings and sites are:
 
Some main types of Christian buildings and sites are:
 
* '''Cathedral''': A prominent church, and the seat of a bishop.
 
* '''Cathedral''': A prominent church, and the seat of a bishop.
* '''Church'''
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* '''Church''': A building dedicated to Christian prayer and ceremony, inaugurated by a bishop.
* '''Chapel'''
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* '''Chapel''': A similar, non-inaugurated building.
 
* '''Monastery'''
 
* '''Monastery'''
* '''Cemetery'''
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* '''Cemetery''': Can be tied to a Christian congregation, or multi-religious
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==Cities==
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{{Seealso|Holy Land}}
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* [[Vatican City]], Rome
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* [[Jerusalem]], Israel
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* [[Bethlehem]], West Bank
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* [[Moscow]], Russia, center of the Russian Orthodox church
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* [[Salt Lake City]], United States, center of the Latter Day Saints movement.
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==Respect==
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When attending a service or ceremony at a Christian place of worship, it is appropriate to dress conservatively and show respect; details vary by place.  It is a very good idea to learn a bit about the local rules before visiting a place of worship.  In most Christian churches, a man should remove his hat, and in some, a woman is expected to cover her head.  Generally, voices should be kept down, and mobile phones and similar devices should be set to silent.  During the service, you should behave reverently, and not eat, drink, take photographs, check your mobile phone, and so on.  Rules regarding dress or noise are often not as strictly enforced for young children.  You should avoid leaving the church while the service is in progress unless necessary.
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If you are visiting a place of worship that is a destination for travellers and are not interested in worship, it is better to wait for a service or ceremony to conclude before visiting.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==Talk==
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Latin used to be the dominant language of the Roman Catholic Church, but today it is replaced by the vernacular language.
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Most churches amplify sounds.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Wall and glass art of Christian cathedrals.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Contemplation and prayer.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Churches usually have a money box where visitors can pay for candles and booklets.
  
 
==Eat/Drink==
 
==Eat/Drink==
Usually disallowed, if not taking part in the Holy Communion.
 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Don't.
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Monasteries might offer accomodation to travellers.
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Architecture]]
 
* [[Architecture]]
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* [[Muslim buildings, sites and events]]
  
 
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Revision as of 00:00, 14 September 2012

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Christianity is the world's most prolific religion, with churches and other dedicated buildings on literally every continent, including Antarctica. Several sites built in the name of Christianity are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

As Christian congregations have had a significant role in most communities where they are present, a traveller will learn much from visiting a local church, whether a believing Christian or not.

Contents

Understand

Some main types of Christian buildings and sites are:

  • Cathedral: A prominent church, and the seat of a bishop.
  • Church: A building dedicated to Christian prayer and ceremony, inaugurated by a bishop.
  • Chapel: A similar, non-inaugurated building.
  • Monastery
  • Cemetery: Can be tied to a Christian congregation, or multi-religious

Cities

       See also: Holy Land

Respect

When attending a service or ceremony at a Christian place of worship, it is appropriate to dress conservatively and show respect; details vary by place. It is a very good idea to learn a bit about the local rules before visiting a place of worship. In most Christian churches, a man should remove his hat, and in some, a woman is expected to cover her head. Generally, voices should be kept down, and mobile phones and similar devices should be set to silent. During the service, you should behave reverently, and not eat, drink, take photographs, check your mobile phone, and so on. Rules regarding dress or noise are often not as strictly enforced for young children. You should avoid leaving the church while the service is in progress unless necessary.

If you are visiting a place of worship that is a destination for travellers and are not interested in worship, it is better to wait for a service or ceremony to conclude before visiting.

Get in

Get around

Talk

Latin used to be the dominant language of the Roman Catholic Church, but today it is replaced by the vernacular language.

Most churches amplify sounds.

See

Wall and glass art of Christian cathedrals.

Do

Contemplation and prayer.

Buy

Churches usually have a money box where visitors can pay for candles and booklets.

Eat/Drink

Sleep

Monasteries might offer accomodation to travellers.

Contact

Get out

See also

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