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In addition to the religious aspect, churches are always an expression of zeitgeist, art and power. While the powerful were able to afford the best builders and artists of their time, there were also communities in small towns and villages that left us with evidence of great art.In addition to the religious aspect, churches are always an expression of zeitgeist, art and power.
If a religion or its affiliates were repressed, the respective places of worship were in many cases further used and adapted to the new religion. Here you will also find examples of former churches that are now used as mosques.

Santi Maria e Donati on Murano (Venice)
Its origin dates back about 1400 years. Its present shape and a wonderful mosaic floor date back to the 12th century.



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Notre Dame Du Sablon in Brussels
Gothic church with glass windows from the 19th & 20th century.



Surp Krikor Lusavoriç, Armenian Church in Kayseri (Cappadocia)
First mentioned in 1191 this is the oldest and most important Armenian church in Anatolia.



Russian Orthodox Theotokos Cathedral in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Built in the middle of the 14th century, this is the oldest church in Vilnius.



Roman Catholic Dome San Salvatore in Cefalu (Sicily)
The mosaic in the apse, created from 1148 onwards by Byzantine artists from Constantinople, is the central eye-catcher inside.



Protestant village church in Waltersdorf (Brandenburg)
Simple stone building from the 12th century , with paintings done by Joseph Gerlach in 1754.
A so-called baptismal angel hangs from the ceiling.





Peterskirche in Lindau (Bavaria)
Origin in the 9th century with wallpaintings from the 15th century.
Today a memorial for the victims of the Nazi regime and the fallen soldiers.



Holy Spirit Churchin Bale (Istria)
Small stone church with frescoes from the 15th century.



San Domenico in Arezzo
Single nave church with a 13th century cross from Cimabue.



San Piero a Grado (Tuscany)
Romanesque church from the early 11th century with frescoes from around 1300.



Cathedral in Sovana (Tuscany)



San Giovanni Battista in Matera (Basilicata)
Built between 1229 and 1236, it originally belonged to a nunnery outside the city.



Chiesa di San Domenico in Martina Franca (Apulia)
This baroque church was built in 1745 by the Dominican monk Cantalupi.



Cathedral San Nicolò in Noto (Sicily)
New main church built in 1694, the baroque façade was completed in 1770.



Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Lucca (Tuscany)
Its construction began in 1143 on the site of the ancient Roman forum.



Chiesa di S.Croce in Brisighella (Emilia Romagna)
In the 16th century, this small church was built as an oratory for the Brotherhood of S. Croce.



Nikolai Church in Jüterbog (Brandenburg)
Built between the 13th and 16th century.



Hagia Eleni in Sille (central Anatolia)
It is said that this church was founded by Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, on her journey to Jerusalem in 327.



12 Apostles Church in Özlüce (Cappadocia)
Greek Orthodox Church of 1849, converted into a mosque in 1935.



Cumhuriyet Camii in Derinkuyu (Cappadocia)
Greek Orthodox Church of 1860, converted into a mosque in 1949.



Fatih Camii in Develi (Cappadocia)
Armenian church from 1905, now used as a mosque.



Hagia Panagia in Talas (Cappadocia)
This Greek Orthodox church from 1886 is now used as a mosque under the name of Yeni Cami (New Mosque).



former church in Çarıklı (Cappadocia)
1924, right after the Greek-Turkish population exchange, it was converted into a mosque.



former Greek Orthodox church in Dikilitaş (Cappadocia)
A carpet factory had been set up here, where they produced until 2008 (?).