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The Old Round Church

In this secluded, quiet pocket of Vermont there is a large, red, arched bridge that sees traffic from mostly pickup trucks and all-terrain vehicles. On one side of the bridge is a small township that has a population of roughly… Continue Reading →

These bells didn’t really sing until the 20th century

While the steeple at the Christ Church in Boston has fallen and been replaced a couple of times during its 272-year history, the bells are original. Each of the eight “maiden peel” bells date to 1744 and weigh roughly between… Continue Reading →

It must have really stunk in the 1700s

There’s much more to the Old North Church in Boston than you’re told in passing. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists pass through the doors daily and they’re all told stories of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the lanterns, and about… Continue Reading →

The Patron Saint of Murderers and the Oldest House in Paris

Across the Seine from Notre Dame, in old Paris, is Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. This is one of the churches that we found while wandering medieval Paris. It is every bit as crumbly, old looking, and eclectic as you’d expect for a… Continue Reading →

Notre Dame’s Unfortunate Suicide History

Meet Notre Dame de Paris: it’s neither the oldest, nor the biggest, nor the grandest church in France. But, it certainly is the most well known and most visited landmark in Paris. 13-million visitors from around the world pilgrimage to… Continue Reading →

Where Angels Wear Gas Masks and Monks Make Beer

The monks of the Augustijnen Monastery in Ghent (Sint Stefanus) are poly-skilled; along with the religious portion of their job, they are also highly skilled in making specialty beer and have done so since 1295. The Abbey beer that Augustijnen… Continue Reading →


Built between 1220-1250, Saint Nicolas was built in honour of the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children. Funding for the church came from the first two: sailors and merchants. Typical to Belgium, it was build using blue-grey Scheldt rock… Continue Reading →

Saint Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baafskathedraal)

Researching the history of Saint Bavo Cathedral is like peeling an onion that becomes more complex, detailed, and varied as you remove each layer. I doubt you could have a church this old in Belgium without it having an incredible… Continue Reading →

La Catedral Primada

Over the decades, Plaza de Bolívar has seen more than its share of blood, tears, and political violence. And, it’s in this square that you’ll find Bogotá’s historic seat of the Archbishop of Bogotá: La Catedral Primada. Most days, on… Continue Reading →

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

La Candelaria contains the majority of the historic churches in Bogotá, of which Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (also known as Iglesia y Convento de La Candelaria) is one. But the history of this particular church doesn’t start in Bogotá;… Continue Reading →

Iglesia de San Agustin

In 1637, the Brotherhood of the True Cross were having ceremonies on Monserrate (before they built the Monserrat sanctuary); in the United States, Pilgrims were busy colonizing Massachusetts and in Salem the Old Burying Point Cemetery was founded. In England,… Continue Reading →


Just about every city with a mountain has a hike of devotion that pilgrims do to show their faithfulness; Monserrate is Bogotá’s version of this. Most of the time the mountain silently casts its shadow over downtown Bogotá. For those… Continue Reading →

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