churches

Post image for Witch Marks, Curses, and Magic in the Neglected History of Medieval Graffiti

The ornamentation of medieval churches is often associated with the elite: stained glass windows, ornately carved pews, and memorial monuments to lords and knights. However, carved right into the structure of the building, in the dark corners and beneath the whitewash on the walls, are less visible traces of the lower and middle class: graffiti.

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Post image for Sacred Bones and the Catacomb Saint of Manhattan

Catholic churches in Europe host as many bones as a graveyard, with bits of saints and intact incorrupt bodies encased in glass and displayed on ornate altars.

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Post image for Worship Below the Waves: A Drowned Church Surfaces

A 400-year-old church drowned in 1966 has reemerged in Mexico.

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Post image for National Cathedral in DC Suffers Minor Damage in East Coast Quake

“The Washington National Cathedral, the highest building in the city, suffered damage in Tuesday’s earthquake, with three pinnacles in the central tower breaking off, a spokesman said.” [Reuters]

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