Browsing Category : Cathedrals & Churches

Serving Sundborn: A Special Swedish Church


Sundborn Church, Sundborns Kyrka, Sundborn, Sweden Situated on a picturesque spot by Lake Toftan are two little red buildings.  These are the church and bell-tower of Sundborn, both covered with wooden shingles, and both sitting charmingly by the water.  Although it presents a very traditional Swedish image from a distance, when you get closer, you notice small, ‘modern’ touches, like the…

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An Aix-eptional Experience: the Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence


Cathedral of St Saviour, Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence, France The elegant town of Aix-en-Provence has an unexpectedly low-key cathedral.  There isn’t a huge square in front, there’s only one bell tower, and the outside looks a tad decrepit.  Once you go inside, however, the dark interior gradually brightens up and offers a cosy space for exploration and worship. The cathedral is…

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Simple and Stately: Mora Church


Mora Church, Mora kyrka, Mora, Sweden Right at the end of Mora’s main shopping street are two of its main attractions: Zorngården, which is dedicated to local boy, Anders Zorn, and a grand church.  I say grand, but it’s not grand in a south European sort of way – it’s grand by Swedish provincial standards.  And that makes it charming…

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Narbonne Cathedral: Between Heaven and Hell


Cathedral of St Just and St Pasteur, Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur, Narbonne, France   The city of Narbonne is very close to the Spanish border, so it seems appropriate that its cathedral is dedicated to two Spanish martyrs, the brothers Just and Pasteur.  Actually, like many churches in this region, it retains its title of Cathedral despite the fact that…

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In the Footsteps of St Bruno: Grenoble Cathedral


Notre-Dame Cathedral, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Grenoble, Grenoble, France In my travels in France I have learned one thing about its churches: what you get on the outside isn’t necessarily reflective of what’s on the inside.  A good example of this is Grenoble’s cathedral, which has a somewhat unimpressive exterior, literally squished between other buildings – and somehow it fits in…

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MUTSEU: St Eulalia – A Church of Many Colours


Church of St Eulalia, Chiesa di Sant’ Eulalia, Cagliari, Sardinia Surprisingly, there isn’t much to the Church of St Eulalia.  Its origins go back to 1365, when the Catalan-Aragonese dedicated it to Barcelona’s patron saint.  The building underwent many changes over the centuries, and then in the 1990s the floor was torn up because they had a damp problem.  In…

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MUTSEU: All about St Eulalia


MUTSEU, Cagliari, Sardinia Sometimes, museums over-complicate things in the way they name themselves.  Take this MUTSEU, for example.  The grand acronym implies a complex of sites which are drawn together under a simple title.  But no.  MUTSEU consists only of two elements in the same building – the archaeological site beneath the Church of St Eulalia, and the church’s Treasury.…

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