The grandeur and/or peerless historical value of most old churches will captivate every person who has a penchant for antique, imposing architecture and their amazing history.
Whether you are religious or not, and whether you are visiting churches as part of a pilgrimage or just for sightseeing, your journey will be worth it when you are able to see any of these old, beautiful churches.
Knowing a bit of the churches’ history is a good tourist tip, in order to better appreciate their beauty. You should know when a certain church was first built, the ones who built it, or the renovations that had been done, if any, or if the original structure is still standing. Sure, you know why churches were built, but through many centuries they have also served for things other than as a place of worship.
It was not uncommon during those olden times that people sought the protection offered by churches in times of war, as it was seen a blasphemy to incite an attack inside a holy place. Also as a place of charity and selfless service, churches have served as temporary shelters for the refugees and victims of natural disasters.
Many of these old churches have been transformed and used for other purposes as people have stopped attending Masses. As sad as it sounds, these churches have been sold to investors who would most likely convert them into restaurants or multi-purpose halls, due to the churches’ beauty and awesome architecture.
We all hope that these old (and new) churches will continue to stand the test of time as well as to bear witness to the people and crucial events that have been a part of the churches’ existence.