Like all Gothic churches in Spain, the Burgos Cathedral has soaring vaults, sturdy flying buttresses, and lavish chapels with saints, angels, and demons.
Saving souls is serious business, and the intricately carved entryways of Spain’s Gothic cathedrals start the process even before worshippers get inside the building – sort of a preview of coming attractions.
Toledo’s most popular attraction and strongest tour-group magnet is Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo (Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo).
Not a day passes without news of a religious conflict somewhere in the world. But there was a time and place where Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived together peacefully – where ideas were exchanged on art, architecture, science, and yes, even religion.
In the 16th Century Spaniards were serious about religion. The king and queen ruled the country with the Catholic church at their right hand. Together they instituted the Spanish Inquisition
How could anyone object to this beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral? It’s certainly a spectacular building, but in Tallinn, Estonia in 1900, it sent a loud-and-clear political message to an unruly Baltic territory: Czar Alexander III and his Russian government were in control.
Florence’s cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo, is the city’s most recognizable building. Its famous dome, built by Brunelleschi, made a radical departure from the Gothic Style, and is recognized as the beginning of Renaissance Architecture.