When people think of historic Cathedrals in Italy, they often think of Rome. While it is surrounded by the Rome, Vatican City is actually a separate country. It is governed and administered by the Roman Catholic Church. Famous for many reasons, this is the home of the Pope. The grounds...

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There are a large number of churches and cathedrals in England. London boasts the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral. The first church originally built on this site was constructed in 604 AD. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt only to be destroyed in a Viking invasion. Undeterred, the church was...

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When Rome adopted Christianity as their religion, it spread throughout all the areas controlled by the Roman Empire. Italy, Austria, France, Spain and England are home to many historic churches. Some were built of wood and have since crumbled to ruins. The administrative churches, Cathedrals, were the home churches of...

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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.