Michael Church Turku - Finland Important Tourist Attraction

main facade and staircase of michael church in turku Finland

The western skyline of the city of Turku is dominated by Michael’s church which was consecrated in 1905. It was designed by professor Lars Sonck. When he won the competition for the church in 1894, he was only a 23 year old architectural student.

Michael’s church is a representative example of the neogothic style in architecture. It is a long church with three aisles, galleries and a multifaceted choir. In addition to the main entrance there are also doors at each corner of the church. The sacristy is situated behind the choir. The main spire rises to a height of 77 meters 6om the foundations. Continue reading “Michael Church Turku – Finland Important Tourist Attraction

Biertan Village and Fortified Church - Romania

Biertan unesco world heritage
Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. It was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. Continue reading “Biertan – Romania

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin - Tallinn - Estonia

 Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin

Cathedral Saint Mary the Virgin in tallinn main entrance

Established sometime before 1233 and repeatedly rebuilt since, the church displays a mix of architectural styles. Its vaulted main body dates to the 14th century, while its baroque tower was an addition from the late 1770s. Continue reading “Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin – Tallinn – Estonia

Cathedral Palma de Mallorca - Spain

Cathedral of Mallorca in Palma de MallorcaThe precise time period for the restoration of the Cathedral of Mallorca was between 1904 and 1914. The then Bishop of Mallorca, Pere Campins Barcelló (1859-1915), came up with idea of restoring his cathedral and on passing through Barcelona on the 18 August, 1901, visited the works of the Temple of the Sagrada Família and had a long exchange of ideas with Antoni Gaudí.

Cathedral of Mallorca main entrance facadeGaudi prepared his project, which along general lines consisted of taking down the Baroque altarpiece from the high altar, along with the rest of the Gothic parts joined to its rear section, leaving in view the Episcopal Chair, work of Bishop Berenguer de Balle which was inaugurated on 1 October 1346, move the choir from the centre of the nave and place it in the presbytery, leave clear the chapel of the Trinity, place new choir stalls and pulpits, decorate the cathedral appropriately with electric lighting, reopen the Gothic windows of the Royal Chapel and give them stained-glass windows, place a large baldachin over the high altar and complete the decoration with paintings, curtains, etc. He also planned the installation of the tombs of the kings of Mallorca, Jaume II and Jaume III, in the chapel of the Trinity. Continue reading “Cathedral Palma de Mallorca – Spain

Le Mont Saint Michel - France

Acces to Mont Saint Michel FranceThe Mont Saint Michel is an international place of pilgrimage as well as a major tourist centre.
The different stages of its construction have created a unique architectural ensemble which was classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979. Continue reading “Le Mont Saint Michel – France