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Church of St. Nicolas and the Knights Templar, Galway

The Templar Nights are immensely fascinating (to me)… not because of their reputation as a secret militaristic sect portrayed in countless movies as the protectors of Jerusalem who liked to hide treasure around the world. But rather, they are fascinating… Continue Reading →

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral

It was early on a Sunday and very much gloomy when we visited Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. And, in celebration of Sunday mass, the cathedral’s tollers (bell ringers) were out in full force. This was La Niña’s first exposure to… Continue Reading →

The Black Abbey

The Black Abbey touches slightly upon one of my favourite love stories: that of Simon de Montfort and Eleanor of Leicester. The Abbey may not have had direct relation to the story but some of the people in this tale… Continue Reading →

Malaga Cathedral

This is the last of the wedding cake cathedrals that we experienced while in Spain. And honestly, we didn’t even know that Málaga had a cathedral until we opened the window of our hotel room and there it was, chiming… Continue Reading →

La Cartuja

On our way to Arcos de la Frontera, we missed the turn off and found ourselves outside Jerez de la Frontera and at the gates of La Cartuja, a 15th Century Monastery (1453) now known as the El Monasterio de… Continue Reading →

Views Atop the Sevilla Cathedral

When the cathedral is open, you can spend about half an hour and wind up your way up to the top with a few hundred of your closest friends. It’s free and are few steps — to make it somewhat… Continue Reading →

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea

During one of many flights, I watched a biopic on Filippo Brunelleschi and his architectural genius — particularly with the building of renaissance dome structures. During his lifetime, everyone thought he was insane because he believed he could build large… Continue Reading →

Granada Cathedral

The first wedding cake cathedral of the trip was the Cathedral of the Incarnation. During Semana Santa it was only possible to visit for a few hours during the day — the rest of the time is was closed for… Continue Reading →

Little St. Mary’s, Cambridge

If there’s a Great St. Mary’s (GSM), then one can surmise that perhaps there is a Lesser version. In this case, Little St. Mary’s (LSM) is the match to St. Mary’s Great Church. Little St. Mary’s is older than GSM… Continue Reading →

St. Mary’s Great Church, Cambridge

There are so many churches in Cambridge! And, after a while they all became a bit of a blur. In order to keep from getting overwhelmed, I focused on a particular grouping: Roman, Saxon, Medieval and Norman. So anything dating… Continue Reading →

St. Peters Church, Cambridge

I loved this quiet little church but neglected to write about it while in Cambridge. It’s another “visit-the-neighbours-to-see-who-has-the-key” church — much like the Leper Church of St. Mary Magdalene. In this particular case the key can be found at the… Continue Reading →

Igreja de Santa Cruz das Almas Enforcadas

Close to Sé, in Chinatown, next to the Liberdade Underground Station, is a small church with a big history: Igreja de Santa Cruz das Almas Enforcadas, which literally means the Santa Cruz Church of the Hanged Souls. In the midst… Continue Reading →

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