Many people that love history have found it is closely related to religion in many societies. When they get the chance, they take tours of the places they have studied. Many of these tours are in churches and cathedrals that have stood for hundreds of years. Some of them are mere ruins of their former glory. Other churches have been kept repaired and are still in use today. Touring churches is a way to truly experience history.
Historically, churches were a major part of their local community. Many were gathering places for worship and news. The local priest or minister was often the only literate person in many areas for centuries. They were an important part of helping people live their lives. Some were responsible for more than religious ceremonies. They would consult with local government leaders to help control the population as well as advising people on matters of importance.