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Is there a Christian equivalent of Mandala (word or symbol)?

During a recent visit to Canterbury Cathedral particular circular patterns on the floors (pictured) reminded me of the circular patterns of Mandalas. I was wondering if these are simply 'for ...
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Roughly how many churches were built in each century?

Christians build churches - it's what we do. Are there any estimates of how many physical church buildings Christians have built over the centuries, broken down by century? Suitable proxies: number ...
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Location of the tabernacle in Catholic churches?

This is not just a church architecture question but also a theology question. I've noticed that the tabernacle where the consecrated hosts are stored is often located in the center of the older ...
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“Time Capsules” in the architectural plans of Catholic Churches and Cathedrals?

I found this article about a time capsule found in a Catholic Church in Singapore quite interesting: 173-year-old time capsule unearthed at Singapore's oldest Catholic church A 173-year-old time ...
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Is there a name for the low wall that is often in front of a choir?

There's typically a low wall, about hip-high, in front of the first row of the choir. Religious architecture typically has its own terminology, and Christian architecture in particular. So is there a ...
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When and why were stained glass windows first incorporated into the design of a Christian place of worship?

Many Christian churches incorporate stained glass windows into their design. Some members have noted that the use of stained glass windows in architectural design pre-dates Christianity. That being ...
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Why are Kingdom Halls sometimes built in the “quick-build” manner?

Wikipedia has an article on Kingdom Halls that states: In many countries, a number of standard designs of construction are used that can be built in just a few days. The act of constructing a ...
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Why do churches have steeples?

What purpose do steeples serve? Are they put high up on church buildings as some sort of marketing tool so it can be seen from far away or is there some other reason(s)?
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What is Beth Sarim building built for?

Is it a monument of sort, build by the prophet of Jehovah's Witnesses in remembrance of all the Old Testament prophet? I also understand that there are altars in this building in honour of each of ...