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San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption sits atop a hill on the corner of Geary Blvd and Gough St now called Cathedral Hill. It is the city’s third Catholic cathedral. The first, now called Old St Mary’s, was … Continue reading

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Twenty Churches in Twenty Days

We visited 20 churches on our trip to Europe last May. Here’s the breakdown by country: Switzerland 4, France 1, Germany 11, Netherlands 1, and Belgium 3. And by denomination: Roman Catholic 12, Lutheran /Evangelical 5, Presbyterian 2, Old Catholic … Continue reading

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Inside the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula

The majority of the churches we visited in Europe in May of 2012 had their origins with the building of Romanesque structures about a thousand years ago. St Michael and St Gudula was no exception. Count Lambert II founded a … Continue reading

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Outside the Cathedral in Brussels

After visiting the Grand Place (see previous posting) on Monday, May 28, 2012 we walked up the hill in a north-easterly direction and soon found ourselves on the steps of The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, informally known … Continue reading

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Touring the Collegiate Church of Sainte Gertrude in Nivelles

After our lunch on Sunday, May 27, 2012 my wife and I walked down the hill with our friend George DeCat to visit the Collegiate Church of Ste Gertrude. The tour we received was entirely in French with George acting … Continue reading

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Charlemagne’s Chapel

Charlemagne was tired. Tired from the Saxon wars that went off and on for 30 years. Tired of the ventures in southern France and northern Spain and his battles there with Basques, Saracens and Visigoths. Tired of crossing the Alps … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Cathedral in Osnabrück

St Marienkirche has perfectly symmetrical north and south sides (four gables and four high Gothic windows on each side).  It took us three minutes to walk from the church’s south side on Mrktplatz to Domplatz to visit the Dom or … Continue reading

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