Strasbourg Cathedral

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A man stands in the rain while admiring the west façade of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (or Liebfrauenmünster in German) in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. From 1647 to 1874, the sandstone structure with its 142 meter-high spire (466 ft) was the world’s tallest building.

Sagrada Familia

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The ceiling of the Sagrada familia cathedral in Barcelona, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world (photo taken in December 2017). The architect, Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture, spent over 40 years designing the cathedral until 1926 when he died.

Brother Paul

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Paulus Terwitte, or Bruder Paulus (Brother Paul), a Capuchin monk and guardian of the Liebfrauen monastery, stands in the monastery’s yard right in the center of Frankfurt, July 22, where the Capuchins and a number of volunteers run the ‘Franziskustreff’, providing daily breakfast for the homeless.

Limburg Cathedral

Limburg Cathedral

An inside view of the catholic cathedral in Limburg, some 70 kms (42 mls) northwest of Frankfurt, taken Feb.19. The building in late Romanesque style is located on a rock above the old town and is visible from far away. Construction began around 1190, consecration was in 1235.

Expensive Residence

Expensive Residence

The bishop’s residence in Limburg, some 70 kms (42 mls) northwest of Frankfurt, taken early in the morning, Feb.19. According to media reports, bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (dubbed the “bling bishop”) spent more than 31 million euros (42 million dollars) on renovating his official residence, causing quite some scandal, not only among catholics. The Pope suspended him in October 2013 with further investigations still underway.

Church for Sale

Church for Sale

The Matthäuskirche (St. Mattews Church) among highrise buildings in Frankfurt, Aug.30. The building has been up for demolition and sale in a disputed decision by church authorities since 2002, but no investor has been found since. Latest plans see the church not pulled down but integrated in a new complex of buildings.