• Jewish Centre, Munich
    Jewish Centre, Munich ©Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern
  • Old Synagogue, Erfurt
    Old Synagogue, Erfurt ©Stadtverwaltung Erfurt
  • St. Saviour's Pilgrimage Church, Bettbrunn
    St. Saviour's Pilgrimage Church, Bettbrunn ©Wallfahrtskirche St. Salvator/Bettbrunn
  • Pope Benedict, Marktl
    Pope Benedict, Marktl ©Stadt Altötting
  • Munich Cathedral and Church of Our Lady
    Munich Cathedral and Church of Our Lady ©Tourismusamt Mu.nchen
  • Teutonic Order Museum, Bad Mergentheim
    Teutonic Order Museum, Bad Mergentheim ©Deutordensmuseum (Besserer, Lauda-Königshofen)
  • Basilica of St. Martin and Oswald, Weingarten
    Basilica of St. Martin and Oswald, Weingarten ©Stadt Weingarten, Amt für Kultur und Tourismus
  • Heiliger Sand cemetery, Worms
    Heiliger Sand cemetery, Worms ©Stadtarchiv Worms
  • Roggenburg Abbey Museum
    Roggenburg Abbey Museum ©Landratsamt Neu-Ulm
  • St. Emmeram's Basilica
    St. Emmeram's Basilica ©Kath. Pfarramt Regensburg – St. Emmeram
  • Aachen Cathedral
    Aachen Cathedral ©Aachen tourist service e. v.
  • Church of Our Lady, Dresden
    Church of Our Lady, Dresden ©Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden
  • Berlin Cathedral
    Berlin Cathedral ©Monheim
  • Hildegard of Bingen
    Hildegard of Bingen ©Benediktinerabtei St. Hildegard
  • German Bell Museum, Greifenstein Castle
    German Bell Museum, Greifenstein Castle ©Deutsches Glockenmuseum
  • Ulm Minster
    Ulm Minster ©Ulm/Neu-Ulm Touristik GmbH
  • Church of the Guardian Angel, Eichstätt
    Church of the Guardian Angel, Eichstätt ©Schutzengelkirche Eichstätt
  • Jewish Baths, Speyer
    Jewish Baths, Speyer ©Stadtverwaltung Speyer
  • Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church
    Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church ©Pfarramt Wieskirche, Steingaden
  • Collegiate Church of St. Servatius, Quedlinburg
    Collegiate Church of St. Servatius, Quedlinburg ©Stiftskirche St. Servatius Quedlinburg

Churches, cathedrals and minsters – reminders of the past set in stone

Heavenly, breathtaking, out of this world – these churches, cathedrals and minsters! Their spires rise majestically towards the skies as if they wanted to knock on the Gates of Paradise. You don't even have to be at all religious to recognise the celestial beauty of many churches and cathedrals.

Hallelujah! Since time immemorial, mankind has dedicated magnificent buildings to the Gods. They are spiritual havens of peace, places in which things follow a different, divine rhythm: churches, cathedrals and minsters, synagogues, mosques and small pilgrimage chapels, whether Christian or non-Christian places of worship, are almost always ornately decorated and often top attractions among tourists. Cologne Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady in Dresden and Ulm Minster – many still serve as places of worship today, others are now sacred museums. But these heavenly buildings all have one thing in common: they are the most fascinating places to visit. Judaism is one of the main world religions and originated more than 4,000 years ago. Around the world, there are around 14 million people who pray in synagogues, whose God is called Yahweh, for whom Saturday, the Sabbath, is a day of rest and for whom the Star of David is the common symbol. There were also many notable figures who, in the course of history, have become role models for Christians because of their beliefs and their commitment to the church and society. Many of them are saints or have been beatified, and they are revered by the church. All of these people achieved great things and have left their mark on the world, never to be forgotten.

As well as being fascinating works of architecture, churches today still maintain their traditional role as everyday meeting places for young and old alike.

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