Happy Easter! Today marks the most important day of the Christian calendar as 2.2 billion followers across the globe are celebrating Christ’s resurrection. While unified by common beliefs, the places where people will worship today could not be more different. During my travels one of my favorite ways to get a feel for the culture is by exploring their religious institutions.
From the opulent to the quaint… from the old to the new… it is a window into people and place. For my Easter gift to you I am including some of my favorite, most unique and/or most beautiful churches I have found.
St. Mark's Cathedral: Venice, Italy
St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice is one of the most visited places in the City. When I went I loved learning that many of the most valuable art pieces were hidden in homes across the countryside during WWII to protect them from the Nazis.
Chapel at Camp Redcloud: Lake City, Colorado
In high school I spent a week each summer going to Camp Redcloud outside of Lake City, Colorado. One of the most isolated and beautiful spots on the mountain was the tiny chapel.
Second Presbyterian Church: Charleston, South Carolina
My super fabulous brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Paul + Jess) married at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina just over three years ago. An important church in one of the most historic cities in the U.S. has survived three hurricanes and one earthquake.
St. Nikolaos Chapel at Akrotiri: Santorini, Greece
Danimal and I honeymooned in Greece. We spent the majority of our time on the island of Santorini (gorgeous). The contrast of the white orthodox chapels against the blue sky and water is breathtaking. On a hike up to Akrotiri we found this chapel nestled into the mountainside.
Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek: New Berlin, Texas
Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek has been an integral part of the New Berlin community since 1886. My grandmother was confirmed there and she and my grandfather were married in the chapel when he was home on leave during the war.
On your next trip, take a peak into the religious life of the community you are visiting. Be sure to bring appropriate attire… especially when visiting churches in Europe… most women need to have their shoulders covered at a minimum.
Photo credits: Chapel @ Redcloud – jeffreyapplegate.com; St. Mark’s Cathedral – dailyventure.com