Churches

Photos from travels - churches in USA, Canada, Iceland, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa, Namibia

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Churches on Alaska Highway

Volunteers and convicts from a nearby prison hauled in heavy wood logs in the 1980s to build the anglican St. Christopher’s Church (pictured at right). On the Alaska Highway in Haines Junction. Under the direction of the local carpenter Henry Henkel. According to his own plan. Today the historic log church houses the local art gallery. Artists, craftsmen, photographers and writers exhibit and sell their work there.

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St. Christopherus-Church, Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, Canada

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St. Christopherus-Church, Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, Canada

Churches on Alaska Highway

In 1954, Catholic Father E. Morriset wanted to build a church on the Alaska Highway in Haines Junction. While looking around the highway, he came across an old abandoned Quonset hut. This was an elongated dwelling of lightweight construction made of corrugated metal with a half-circle shape in cross-section. Corrugated iron huts of this kind had been erected by the US Army during the construction of the Alaska Highway and simply left behind after its completion. One of them also at today's Haines Junction. The priest converted it into one of the most unusual churches, the Church of Our Lady of the Way (picture at right).

 

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Our Lady of the Way-Church, Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, Canada

Churches of Iceland

Die Groef's turf church , the Grafarkirkja (pictures at right) in northern Iceland, is the oldest Christian church in the country. It was built in the late 17th century, probably on the site of an even earlier church. The church was desecrated for a long time and served farmers as storage for tools and equipment. Its five feet thick walls are made of turf.

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Grafarkirkja, turf church of Groef, Iceland

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Grafarkirkja, turf church of Groef, Iceland

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Blonduoskirkja, church of Blonduos, Iceland

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Blonduoskirkja, church of Blonduos, Iceland

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Blonduoskirkja, church of Blonduos, Iceland

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Akureyrarkirkja, Church of Akureyri, Iceland

Alaska Highway, Yukon, Kanada

Church of Glaumbaer, Iceland

Alaska Highway, Yukon, Kanada

Cathedral of Aachen, Germany

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Cathedral of Aachen, Germany

Sacré-Coeur et Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Liège, Belgium

Among the exceptional churches Sacré-Coeur et Notre-Dame de Lourdes (pictures at right) in the Belgian city of Liège. Built in neo-Byzantine style with Art Deco elements, it was completed in 1936 and is part of the Mémorial Interallié, of an impressive memorial to the First World War. Because it was unused, the church deteriorated more and more and was desecrated in 2010. One side of the church was painted by graffiti artist Bonom with a hundred white seagulls. They are supposed to symbolize peace and reconciliation. Now it is to be converted into the highest climbing hall in Europe. And bubbles are planned to be hung inside the dome of the church, where you can spend the night in a pretty fancy environment.

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Sacré-Coeur et Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Liège, Belgium

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Sacré-Coeur et Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Liège, Belgium

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Sacré-Coeur et Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Liège, Belgium

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Methodist church, ghost town Bodie, California, USA

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Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Church, silver mining ghost town Calico, California, USA

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Church, silver mining ghost town Calico, California, USA

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Church, silver mining ghost town Calico, California, USA

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Church, silver mining ghost town Calico, California, USA

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Yosemite Valley Chapel, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Dutch Reformed Church, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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Dutch Reformed Church, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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Dutch Reformed Church, Middelburg, South Africa

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Dutch Reformed Church, Middelburg, South Africa

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Dutch Reformed Church, Middelburg, South Africa

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Methodist Church, Middelburg, South Africa

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Cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

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Cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

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Cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

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Church of St. Cosmas and Damian, Clervaux, Luxembourg

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Church in Weicherdange, Luxembourg

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Mission, Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada

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Church St. Christopherus, Mount Currie, British Columbia, Canada

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Church St. Christopherus, Mount Currie, British Columbia, Canada

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St. Pauls Church, Kitwanga, British Columbia, Canada

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Igloo Church Our Lady of Victory, Inovik, Northwest-Territories, Canada

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St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Yale, British Columbia, Canada

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Russian Orthodox Church, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Russian Orthodox Church, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Russian Orthodox Church, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Christ Church, Windhoek, Namibia, Africa