Cathedrals and Basilicas
Parish Churches, Monasteries

Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship Guidelines of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops

Art and Architecture Information about the various elements of a church, theology concerning church buildings and an architect gallery to assist you if you are considering a renovation or a new building

Liturgical Architecture and the Classical Tradition: A Balthasarian Approach By Denis R. McNamara in Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2005

Evangelicals and the Buildings They Build By Jeff Green, University of Notre Dame, at the Epiphanies of Beauty Conference in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2004

Civic Art and the City of God: Traditional Urban Design and Christian Evangelism By Philip Bess in Journal of Markets and Morality, 2003

Constructing Ethics and the Ethics of Construction: John Ruskin and the Humanity of the Builder By John Matteson in Cross Currents, Fall 2002

The Graces of Sacred Art and Architecture: Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius By Gerald T. Cobb, S.J. in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education , 1998

Jewish and Christian Architecture By Sofia Cavalletti in SIDIC Periodical, 1973

True and False Witness: Architecture and the Church By Robert McAffe Brown in Theology Today, 1967

The Ancient Cathedrals of Scotland. Part 1 By Michael Barrett, OSB. Scroll to page 1. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 27, From January to October, 1902

The Ancient Cathedrals of Scotland. Part 2 By Michael Barrett, OSB. Scroll to page 313. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 27, From January to October, 1902

The Ancient Cathedrals of Scotland. Part 3 By Michael Barrett, OSB. Scroll to page 527. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 27, From January to October, 1902

Romanesque Churches By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

Gothic Churches By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

Barn Cistercian Abbey of Ter Doest, Lissewege (near Bruges). 1275-1300. By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

Church of St. Charles Borromeo, Antwerp Pieter Huyssens, S.J., 1615-23. Design also partly attributed to P.P. Rubens. By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

17th Century Religious Architecture By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

18th Century Religious Architecture By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

19th Century Religious Architecture By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

20th Century Religious Architecture By Jeffery Howe, Boston College

Vatican City The Christus Rex site offering hundreds of pictures of everything at the Vatican

Medieval Architecture Dozens of fantastic links. Abbies and Monastaries. Castles. Churches. Cities and Towns. Other Architectural Features. General Sites

Medieval Architecture in France

Medieval Architecture of England

Gothic Cathedrals Courtesy of New York Carver

Mexico-Religious Sites Courtesy of Don Mabry at Mississippi State University, you can view wonderful photos of the San José Mission, San Antonio,Texas, the cathedral at Cuernavaca, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the National Cathedral, the Alcoman Monastery, and some pre-Christian religious sites.

Thais 4000 Years of Architecture Keep your eye on this site. It will eventually have pages on Romanesque, medieval, Renaissance, barroque, neoclassical, and contemporary architecture

The Wooden Churches of Eastern Europe: An Introductory Survey By Andrew Gregorovich

Wooden Architecture of the Ukrainian Carpathians By Antin Varyvoda

Lithuanian Wooden Church Architecture

Coptic Churches in Old Cairo

The Built Environment of American Religion: The State of the Art A bibliographic study by Peter W. Williams

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Cult of the Martyrs and the Architectural Planning of Basilicas in Roman Africa Article by Robin M. Jensen, Andover Newton Theological School

Churches! Our site provides picture essays, links to interesting church sites, research tools and details of related organisations, events related to churches (organised by us and others) and information about the Ecclesiological Society

Church Architecture Network A website for design professionals and church leaders, offering resources for church building and renovation projects. This is a free service for architects, pastors and church members, liturgical consultants, and ecclesiastical artists and craftsmen

Model Parish Church Click on any part of the ground plan and see a typical view of a medieval interior, taken from a real church for which the appropriate furnishings survive

Imaginative Use of the Arts: Architectural and Visual Article by Curtis Green in Word & World 1985


    St. Peter's, Rome, Italy

    St. Peter's, Rome, Italy

    Basilica of Saints John and Paul, Rome, Italy

    Basilica of S. Maria of the Angels and Martyrs, Rome, Italy

    St. Mark's, Venice, Italy

    Cathedral, Milan, Italy

    Basilica of Saint Francis, Assisi, Italy

    Basilica of Saint Francis, Assisi, Italy

    Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

    Basilica of S. Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

    Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy

    Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta, Orte, Italy

    Basilica di S. Bernardino, L'Aquila, Italy

    Cathedral, Pisa, Italy

    Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres, France

    Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France

    Cathedral of Notre Dame, Le Puy, France

    Cathedral, Amiens, France

    Cathedral, Evry, France

    Cathedral, Reims, France

    Westminster Cathedral, London, England

    Westminster Abbey, London, England

    Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, England

    Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salisbury, England

    Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Wells, England

    Cathedral, Gloucester, England

    Cathedral, Hereford, England

    Cathedral, Exeter, England

    Cathedral of Saint Cuthbert, Durham, England

    Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel, England

    Cathedral of St Patrick, Armagh, Ireland

    St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

    St. Peter's Cathedral, Trier, Germany

    Cathedral of St. Vitus, Prague, Czech Republic

    Gaudi's Grand Cathedral: Temple Sagrada Familia and Its Saintly Architect By Stephen Sparrow in Ignatius Insight, February 13, 2006

    Cathedral, Segovia, Spain

    Cathedral, Astorga, Spain

    Cathedral of Saint Ansgar, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Cathedral of SS Johns, Torun, Poland

    Cathedral of St. Basil, Moscow, Russia

    Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

    Christian Sanctuaries of the Holy Land Includes Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and Basilica of the Agony in Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Features the Chapel of the Ascension, Church of All Nations, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Visitation, and several others

    Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel

    Basilica of St. John the Baptist, St. John's, Newfoundland

    Saint Patrick's Basilica, Ottawa, Ontario

    St. Patrick's Basilica, Montreal, Quebec

    Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, Massachusetts

    Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey

    Basilica of Saint Mary, St. Paul/Minneapolis

    Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, Ohio

    Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

    St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Basilica of Esquipulas, Guatemala

    Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, New Zealand

    St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    St Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore, NSW, Australia

    St. Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda, India


    The Church of the Three Saints, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

    Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, France

    The Abbey of Conque, France

    The Abbey of Montecassino, Italy

    San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy

    Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy

    The Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, Switzerland

    KarlsKirche, Vienna, Austria

    Maulbronn Monastery, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    WiesKirche, Wies, Germany

    Vera Cruz, Segovia, Spain

    Saint Esteban, Segovia, Spain

    St Mary of the Angels, Worthing, West Sussex, England

    St. Augustine's Church, Ramsgate, Kent, England

    St. Giles', Cheadle, England

    The Church in Thorn, Netherlands

    Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary

    Premonstratensian Monastery, Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic

    Franciscan Church, Plzen, Czech Republic

    St. Bartholomew's Church, Plzen, Czech Republic

    St. Nicholas, Prague, Czech Republic

    St. Catherine's Monastery, Egypt

    Saint Luke, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

    St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota

    St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota

    St. Mary of the Visitation, Huntsville, Alabama

    St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois

    St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago, Illinois

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