Friday, July 10, 2015

11th Century Churches

Basilica of Saint Servatius
It doesn't matter what religion you belong to, it's pretty hard not to appreciate the beauty and detail of an old church. One of the main reasons I love Europe so much is the history; the old buildings, the statues, the cobblestone lanes, and the churches. I get a kick out of turning a corner and stopping dead in my tracks because before me is a church built in the 11th century. I marvel in the details of the Gothic area architecture of these churches, and wonder who has visited these impressive sights. I also think that it's kind of special that even through two world wars and a slew of battles and wars, these churches still stand today with little modifications. 

Over the week, I was able to just walk through the city of Maastricht, here in the Netherlands, and really take the time to study the details of these beauties. Salzburg, Austria (which I will be going to in a little over a week) is my all time favorite city, full of old Gothic style churches and buildings. However, Maastricht is running a close second. 


Basilica of Saint Servatius

Inside the Basilica of Saint Servatius
Back side of the Basilica of Saint Servatius
Saint Matthias Church
Basilica of Our Lady, 11th century

 Have a wonderful Summer Friday! 

32 comments:

  1. Ashleigh, I totally agree, any old church is awe-inspiring and gorgeous in its own way! I think even if you're not religious you can appreciate the architecture and detail! I love seeing all the adventures you're having!

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    1. Thanks Justine! We are having a blast. I'm so obsessed with the architecture, it's unreal!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Just amazes me how they built these beautiful churches so long ago without our modern technology! Lovely!

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    1. I know, that's what I always think!! Seriously amazing people back then!

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  3. So beautiful! I love old architecture.

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  4. Beautiful! There's something so intriguing about the Gothic styles!

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    1. There is...it's very detailed and everything is so grand! So beautiful!

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  5. I love those vaulted ceilings - beautiful!

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    1. The interior is so hug! I wish I could have taken pictures of the chapel and windows, but mass was going on.

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  6. I love the beautiful old churches in Europe! What a wonderful trip!! Love all the details and your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to look!

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  7. Wow, the architecture on some of those churches is so impressive. Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! Really, so impressive!

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  8. Great photos! I love how everything is still standing and still so beautiful.

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    1. It is truly such a gift that all these old buildings are still standing after everything that has taken place over the centuries!

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  9. What I wouldn't give the the opportunity to grab my camera and travel there! Great photos! Makes me jealous. ;)

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    1. Thank you for having a look, Leesha! I'm happy to share~ more to come soon!!

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  10. Great photos. Old churches are so beautiful and symbolic of both culture and faith. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I agree, culture and faith are seen through these buildings!

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  11. Amazing. I love old cathedrals too. Stopping by from Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party and hope you linkup with us at Small Victories Sunday linkup too.

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  12. Beautiful photography! The sites you chose were excellent, too, but the pictures are fantastic!!

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  13. The churches and architecture are breath-taking. I love history too. There is just something so special about about old buildings.

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  14. The architecture of those old churches is gorgeous! Beautiful photographs!

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  15. Nice to read You love Salzburg ... I live in Innsbruck - another city with many old buildings - I am sure You would love it too ... Have a nice trip around Europe and enjoy the summer
    Birgit

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  16. I agree, the old churches were one of the highlights for me of Europe. When we were in Spain, we lived two doors from a 13 century church and out girls went to their youth group in the annex building of it. I loved everything about walking around in our neighborhood.

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  17. How intricate ans strong these structures are built. The architecture is superb. Always love to watch photos from around the world! :)

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  18. Gorgeous! I have been reading a book about finding the beauty in all we see which leads you back to the simple extravagance of medieval architecture as on example. Simply amazing expression of beauty. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!
    Dawn

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  19. Beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Blogger Brags - hope to see you next week! Cheers, Kendra

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  20. I love visiting old churches. A couple favorites are Notre Dame in Paris and St. Patricks in New York City. And in Atlanta we have a beautiful one - The Cathedral of St. Philip. All are so stunning. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup 7/12/15

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  21. Love the history and architecture! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  22. Now I miss Europe..terribly :)...I always spend some times visiting those beautiful religious places like churches. The details are mesmerizing..

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