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Christian sites and events

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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.

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

Cities

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. Keep voices down.

See

Wall and glass art of Christian cathedrals.

Do

Buy

Eat/Drink

Usually disallowed, if not taking part in the Holy Communion.

Sleep

Monasteries might offer accomodation to travellers.

Contact

Get out

Avoid leaving the church during ongoing service or other events.

See also

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