To celebrate Christmas, take a tour of 23 eye-catching and unusual churches and chapels around the world

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Matthias Church, Hungary
"This Roman Catholic church in Buda’s Castle District define Budapest’s skyline with its sharp late Gothic spire. Extensively damaged during the Second World War, it was occupied by the Germans and the Soviets, during their occupation in 1944-45. An extensive renovation was finished in 2013 and a gallery within it now contains a replica of the Hungarian royal crown."

“Not a castle; once a chapel; now a church. This place of worship, Lutheran since the Reformation, was initially a chapel, but was turned into a single-nave church in the 16th century. Seven-metre fortifications have surrounded it since the 12th century. The interior is relatively plain, with dark wood wall panelling, bare pews and a narrow aisle. Viscri, where the church can be found, in Transylvania, forms part of the "Romanian villages with fortified churches" Unesco World Heritage Site. Always small, Viscri is even today home to no more than 500 people.

Szászfehéregyháza (Viscri) fortified Evangelical church located near Brasov, Erdély. The first inhabitants of the village were Székelys; at the beginning of the thirteenth century a large number of Saxons settled in the area. Szászfehéregyháza was part of Hungary until 1919 when as a result of the Trianon Peace Treaty the country was partitioned and the area was given to Romania; before, the village belonged to Great Küküllő County.

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