San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe is an islet on the north coast of Spain where there is a hermitage (religious retreat) in dedication of John the Baptist. The islet is connected to the mainland with a man made walk way and stairs up to the church that dates back to the 10th century.

In the 7th season of Game of Throne the islet was used as Dragonstone with a digitally made castle on top instead of the church.

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Church of São Francisco, Porto – Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is located in the historic center of Porto and was built as in gothic style about 600 years ago. in the first half of the 18th century the interior was decorated into a more baroque style.

The church is located not far from the river Douro and its a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lomen Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Lomen stave church dates back to second half of the 12th century, and was rebuilt and enlarged in 1749. The church does not have electric light or heating, so it’s only open and used during the summer for services and weddings.

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Øye Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Øye Stavkirke is a triple nave stave church dated back to 12th century. The church was taken down and the pieces hidden when a new and bigger church was built in the area. The pieces was rediscovered in 1950s and the church was rebuilt in a different location a bit higher in the terrain than it was originally. The church is believed to have had a tower at some point, but its not included in the last erection.

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Seville Cathedral, Spain

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, is the third largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church. (See photos of the second largest church HERE).

We visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the winter of 2017.

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Heddal Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Heddal Stave Church is one of the most visited stave churches in Norway, located just next to the E138 in Notodden in Telemark county. The church is the largest of the remaining stave churches, reaching 20 meters in length and 26 meters in height, and was built in the beginning of the 13th century.

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Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain

As with most very old buildings, they have changed during the years mostly because of the rulers that would like to have their personal touch on it. “Mezquita de Córdoba” has expanded four times until it reached 24 000 m² and in the 1600th century they inserted a Renaissance Cathedral in the middle.

Even though the building is huge, it’s not easy to spot from a distance as only the bell tower and the Cathedral is quickly recognized over the surrounding buildings, which can make you believe it’s just another church.

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