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August 10, 2011

Visita Iglesia: Tracing The Pilgrim's Steps in Europe Part One

While traveling in Europe, I made sure to visit the churches and Cathedrals in every town or city that I visited. With the World Youth Day happening now in Madrid, Spain, I can't help but reminisce my own "pilgrimage" to these holy sites and historic churches in Europe.

1. Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal: The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1,500 km (930 mi) west from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) east from the east coast of North America. Predominantly Catholic, it boasts of many Cathedrals and churches.



2. Cartagena, Spain: I adored this beautiful city in Spain. It has a nice Cathedral right in the middle of the city. Among the highlights of my visit to this place was a tour inside an ancient Roman amphitheater.



3. Mijas, spain: this very picturesque town with white-washed houses on the slopes of this beautiful mountain is an ideal place for a tour of historic Spain and even for lovers who wish to wed. On top of Mijas is a beautiful chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Rock. It is literally a chapel carved inside a cave.



4. Toulon, France: a very quiet French town in the Southern coast of France. I happened to tour the town alone, walking through its almost labyrinthine streets. I happened to encounter this nice Cathedral right on top of the sloping hills of Toulon.


5. Barcelona, Spain: you can't help but visit the Church of the Sagrada Familia if you are in Barcelona, Spain. The architecture is really unique and the Cathedral is really very huge. Until now, the construction of the Cathedral is ongoing. During my visit to the Sagrada Familiar, there were scaffoldings slightly obstructing the famous facade of the Church.



6. Pisa, Italy: the real intention was to see the Leaning Tower, which is actually the free-standing belltower of the Cathedral of Pisa. It is definitely a sight to behold. The Piazza del Duomo was huge and was literally filled up with tourists.




Part Two of this blog will feature my visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the Duomo in Messina and other churches visited, including some Orthodox Churches in Scandinavia.



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Simurgh said...

I super envy you with these..
The churches in Europe were Marvels of Architecture!

Aleah said...

Wow, love your post! It's been my dream to tour Europe too. Hope I get to do that soon. --Aleah Phils of SolitaryWanderer.com

tatess said...

Althiugh i am not a Catholic ,i still want to visit the churches and cathedral in Europe. It is am amazed with the architecture and the history behind them .hope to visit Europe too.

morion said...

Iluv ur post! Amazing architecture:)

kRyStLe said...

one amazing Architecture! save this link for future use..

Julie. -- said...

I always dream of visiting Europe. Hopefully in the next 2-3 years. thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

kay said...

one good thing you can say about the Catholic churches is the AWESOME architecture!

C5 said...

That is a good memory captured! :)

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michi said...

i'm not catholic like tess but i still love to visit catholic churches.

PALAGUTOM said...

European tour? Inggit mode. haha.

Edmaration etc said...

Super lucky dude! Europe is every Asian's dream destination.

Wailing Soul said...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just so majestic. How I wish I could visit that place

Herbert

Badet said...

Visita Iglesia European style!

Xy-Za Y. said...

Gusto ko ring makapag europe! gi so love the place its so peaceful... i think hehe

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myrnz said...

you are really lucky and blessed to go to these amazing churches in Europe! i seeing these pictures makes me happy and dreaming to go too! thanks for this sharing !

Jyppe A. Quidores said...

Wow! They are amazing!I like the facade of that Church of the Sagrada Familia. It couldn't be argued that Europe is very good in architectural designs.

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Matsumoto Chan said...

Makes me wonder if you've visited St.Stephan's Cathedral here too.Gothic architecture rocks!

Nookie's Nook said...

I love the place. I must agree with the other comments, the architectures of the churches were genius. Damn! I love to go there too!

Ads said...

Visiting these churches as I look back to my History of Architecture is one of my wish lists.

postcrosser haven said...

what a beautiful site to behold.

yuuki said...

one on my bucket list is to visit Italy and the Cathedral of Pisa...

and if i'm lucky like u i'll visit some of those on ur post...

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