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Church Architecture : Religious Buildings

Major Religious Projects from around the world

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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Religious Architecture. We aim to include the most interesting and significant Church buildings.

We cover completed Religious buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Religious buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 4 pages of Religious Architecture selections.

Church Buildings : A-C

Church Building Designs : D-R

Church Architecture : S part 1 (this page)

Church Architecture Designs : S part 2 + T-Z (this page)

Church Architecture Projects

Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, USA
Design: Fentress Architects
Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel Building
image courtesy of Ben Rasmussen Photography

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel
The name of the chapel echoes the Marines’ motto, Semper Fidelis, always faithful, because even when you leave the Corps, you faithfully remain a Marine for the rest of your life. Among its veterans are US Congressmen and Senators, Olympic athletes, captains of industry, and no fewer than 25 astronauts. The chapel sits in extensive grounds that also contain the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Quantico is also home to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the Presidential helicopter squadron, the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s training academy, and the FBI Academy and Laboratory.

St Martin-in-the-Fields Church – building renewal, London, UK
Design: Eric Parry Architects
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Building
image © Timothy Soar

St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
This is one of London’s most significant recent building projects: the £36 m regeneration of the church and its associated buildings. The renewal project at St Martin’s encompasses much more than the famous church in Trafalgar Square, London. Eric Parry Architects’ response to the brief centres around connecting each of the different elements of the site. A new glazed entrance pavilion located in the widened Church Path to the north of the church provides access to a sequence of impressive, naturally lit spaces below ground – a new foyer, a shop, a large hall, a small chapel, a new rehearsal space, various offices and meeting rooms as well as a reconfigured restaurant in the crypt.

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St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, England
Architect: Sir Christopher Wren
St Paul's Cathedral Building
photo © Adrian Welch

St Paul’s Cathedral Building
Summary of key aspects of the building:
– Church of England cathedral
– seat of the Bishop of London
– dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.
– St Paul’s sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London
– present church dating from the late 17th century
– built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren
– as part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London
– was completed within his lifetime.
– one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London
– dominating the skyline for 300 years.
– 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962

Key Religious Buildings, alphabetical:

St Mary Woolnoth, City of London, UK
Nicholas Hawksmoor
Dakar House
image © Adrian Welch

St Mary Woolnoth
St Vincent Street Church, Scotland
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
St Vincent Street Church
photograph © Adrian Welch

St Vincent Street Church
Sacre Coeur, Paris, France
Architect: Paul Abadie
Sacre Coeur
picture © Isabelle Lomholt

Sacre Coeur Paris
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Antoni Gaudi, Architect
Sagrada Familia
photograph © Adrian Welch

Sagrada Familia Barcelona
San Cristóbal church Tenerife, Spain
Estudio FAM Architects
Canary Islands church building
image from architect

Canary Islands church building
Sant’ Agostino, Rome, Italy

Sant' Agostino
photo © AW
Sant’ Agostino
Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, Italy
Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale
image © AW

Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale
Sant’ Andrea di Valle, Rome, Italy
Façade : Carlo Rainaldi
Sant’ Andrea di Valle
photo © AW

Sant’ Andrea di Valle
San Carlo ai Catinari, Rome, Italy

San Carlo ai Catinari
photograph © AW
San Carlo ai Catinari
San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, Italy

San Luigi dei Francesi
image © AW
San Luigi dei Francesi
Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome, Italy
Michelangelo; Vanvitelli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
photograph © AW

Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria della Pace, Rome, Italy

Santa Maria della Pace
photo © AW
Santa Maria della Pace

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Other Religious Building Developments – N-Z, alphabetical:

St John Cathedral, Tampere, Finland
Lars Sonck

St Mark’s Church, Bjorkhagen, Sweden
Sigurd Lewerentz

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, UK
James Gibbs
St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London, UK
Sir Christopher Wren
St Mary-le-Bow church

St Peter’s Church, Klippan, Sweden
Sigurd Lewerentz

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Religious Architecture

Scottish Churches

Religious Buildings

Rosslyn Chapel

St Andrew’s & St George’s Church Edinburgh

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary Church Architecture page welcome

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