Religious sites in United Kingdom

St. Magnus Church

The roofless remains of St. Magnus Church stand on the western side of Egilsay – dominating the island on which St Magnus was executed early in the 12th century. Built towards the end of the 12th century, the church is made up of a rectangular nave and a square chancel, with a tall round tower on the western end. Despite the lack of a roof, the remains are still in good condition. The structure lost its roof somet ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Orkney, United Kingdom

St Tysoi's Church

The Church of St Tysoi is medieval in origin, of Old Red Sandstone. The church was lightly restored in the nineteenth century including work by John Pollard Seddon. The interior has a fifteenth-century barrel roof and contemporary fittings. It also has some notable stained glass windows of the nineteen twenties and of the later twentieth century, including a 'Genesis' window by Geoffrey Robinson.
Founded: 14th century | Location: Raglan, United Kingdom

St Ellyw's Church

St Ellyw"s Church is a redundant church in the village of Llanelieu, Powys.  There is a tradition that Saint Ellyw was a granddaughter of King Brychan, the 5th-century king of Brycheiniog. The church dates from the 13th century with additions in the 15th century. The south porch was built in the 16th century. In 1905 Baldwins of Brecon carried out a restoration, and added a bell turret. Further repairs were underta ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Talgarth, United Kingdom

St Thomas à Becket Chapel

St Thomas à Becket Chapel was constructed in 1180 and dedicated to St Thomas Becket. It commanded fine views of the Haven estuary, situated on the north bank in open space. Along with two other chapels, now disappeared, at Herbrandston and St Anne"s Head, it functioned not only as a Catholic place of worship, but also as a Beacon Chapel, or lighthouse to sailors. The chapel enjoyed a dependent relationship with the ...
Founded: 1180 | Location: Milford Haven, United Kingdom

Hodgeston Parish Church

Hodgeston Parish Church nave is thought to date from the 13th century, while the chancel was added during the following century. The tower was built at a later date. The present windows were added as part of this restoration, but many of the internal features were preserved in the mid-19th century.  The church is constructed in local limestone with slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave with a south porch, a chancel, ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Lamphey, United Kingdom

Church of St Margaret Marloes

The Church of St Margaret Marloes dates from the 14th and 15th centuries with restoration work being undertaken in 1878 and again in 1900. The church has a round churchyard, an indication that this site has likely been used since prehistoric times. A tombstone dating back to the fifth century was found in the churchyard. It is believed that Saint Cynin founded the church as one of a series of missionary stations in the fi ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Eglwyscummin, United Kingdom

Lady Kirk

The Lady Kirk at Pierowall is one of two ruined churches on the island of Westray. It was built in 1674, on the foundations of the 13th-century church. The church is mostly complete with the exception of the roof. Many of the walls stand to a high height, but some of it is 17th century built on the foundations of an earlier church. The south wall of the nave is largely from the original church. The nave altogether is rec ...
Founded: 1674 | Location: Orkney, United Kingdom

Fearn Abbey

Fearn Abbey has its origins in one of Scotland"s oldest pre-Reformation church buildings. The original Fearn Abbey was established in either 1221 or 1227 by Premonstratensian canons from Whithorn Priory. Originally founded at 'Old Fearn' near Edderton, it was moved by 1238 to 'New Fearn' further east, perhaps to take advantage of better agricultural lands. The Abbey was rebuilt between 1338 and 13 ...
Founded: 1238 | Location: Fearn, United Kingdom

St Crallo's Church

St Crallo"s Church is dedicated to the 6th century Celtic saint, Crallo, supposedly related to both Saint Illtyd and Saint Canna.  It is believed that the saint founded a church on the site before the construction of the present medieval building. The present church is dated to the mid to late 13th century, when it was built as part of St Crallo"s College. The church had undergone no changes since it was built ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Bridgend, United Kingdom

St David's Church

St David"s parish church in Llanddew dates from around the 13th century and has a cruciform shape, with a central tower. At one time, there were monastic buildings at the church, and the monks would go around the local area preaching and giving communion. The manor belongs to the Bishops of Saint Davids, who formerly had a residence or bishop"s palace there, of which some ruins still remain. These incorporate a ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Brecon, United Kingdom

St. Sampson's Church

St. Sampson"s Church is dedicated to Samson of Dol, who brought Christianity to Guernsey in about 550 AD. Claimed to be the oldest Parish Church in the Island, the church stands on or near the site where St Sampson first landed as a pioneer missionary from Dol, in Brittany, about the year 550 AD, and has been a Christian site for worship ever since. The present church dates from the 12th century, at which time it co ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Guernsey, United Kingdom

Tingwall Church

Tingwall Church dates back to the 12th century, though not in its present form. Originally it was St Magnus Church, one of three steeple churches in Shetland. This building survived five to six hundred years, and part of this building may be seen in the burial crypt adjacent to the church. In charge of the Church, and indeed of all Christianity in Shetland, was the Archdeacon of Tingwall, an office that dates from 1215 AD ...
Founded: 1790 | Location: Shetland, United Kingdom

St Mary Magdelene Church

The Priory Church of St Mary Magdalene was founded c. 1100 by Cluniac monks. It is considered to have the best surviving Norman stone carving in Carmarthenshire. The church was restored in 1853-1884.
Founded: c. 1100 | Location: St Clears, United Kingdom

Movilla Abbey

Movilla Abbey is believed to have been one of Ulster"s and Ireland"s most important monasteries. It was founded in 540 by St. Finnian (d. 579) under the patronage of the king of the Dál Fiatach. It survived as a place of Christian witness for over a thousand years, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1542. The name Movilla is an Anglicized form of the Irish magh bile, which means “the plain ...
Founded: 540 AD | Location: Newtownards, United Kingdom

St Mellons Church

It is not known when the St Mellons Church was first constructed however it first appears in historical records in 1254. It has been theorised that during their conquest of Wales, the Normans constructed it as their new church and dedicated it to St Mellonius, the early 4th-century Bishop of Rouen who was purported to have been born in the same area of Wales. Though the church had been standing since the 13th century, no ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Grouville Church

It has been suggested that Grouville Church was consecrated in 1322, but the first written record of the church dates from 1149. It comprises a nave and chancel with two transepts, or rather aisles and a central tower, surmounted by a quadrilateral broach spire. The west end of the nave, which is undoubtedly the oldest portion of the church, probably dates from the 12th century, and still contains many water-worn stones, ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Jersey, United Kingdom

St Cynog's Church

St Cynog"s Church in Defynnog contains an ancient stone with Ogham inscriptions. Though most of the attractive building we see today is 15th century, the origins of St Cynog"s go back to at least the Norman period if not earlier. There is 11th century stonework in the north vestry wall, and the font and holy water stoup may be 11th century or possibly even pre-Norman. The richly carved font is inscribed with Ru ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Brecon, United Kingdom

St Michael and All Angels Church

St Michael"s Church is the parish church of Kerry, in the historic county of Montgomeryshire, now Powys. There may have been a church on the site since the 7th century. The new church in 1176 was built of stone, the only trace today being the remnants of the nave arcades. With its north and south aisles and perhaps a small chancel occupying what is now the east end of the nave, it was a building of some size and pres ...
Founded: 1176 | Location: Newtown, United Kingdom

St. Clement Parish Church

The Parish Church of St Clement"s origins lie with a privately owned wooded chapel which is thought to have been destroyed during the Norman raids. Construction of the stone church began around the year 911, starting with a chapel which is now the nave. The church became a parish church no later than 1067, because it is known that Duke William II of Normandy granted half the tithes of the church to the Abbey of Monti ...
Founded: 911 AD | Location: Jersey, United Kingdom

Struell Wells

Of all the wells throughout Ireland dedicated to Saint Patrick, the Struell wells must be the most famous. It is said that Saint Patrick travelled throughout Ireland using wells to baptize his new converts and in some cases to demonstrate the power of God with healing acts or with expressions of powerful piety and dedication. At Struell wells, there is a story of how Patrick used to bathe under a fountain of flowing water ...
Founded: 17th century | Location: Downpatrick, United Kingdom

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Redipuglia World War I Memorial

Redipuglia is the largest Italian Military Sacrarium. It rises up on the western front of the Monte Sei Busi, which, in the First World War was bitterly fought after because, although it was not very high, from its summit it allowed an ample range of access from the West to the first steps of the Karstic table area.

The monumental staircase on which the remains of one hundred thousand fallen soldiers are lined up and which has at its base the monolith of the Duke of Aosta, who was the commanding officer of the third Brigade, and gives an image of a military grouping in the field of a Great Unity with its Commanding Officer at the front. The mortal remains of 100,187 fallen soldiers lie here, 39,857 of them identified and 60,330 unknown.