The Coolest Churches, Mosques, And Synagogues of the Year

Religion is changing—from the stained glass industry to Portlandia's perfect parody of a desperate pastor's plea that "church is an option." At the same time, there's been a major renaissance in religious architecture over the last few years. » 1/05/15 9:40am 1/05/15 9:40am

Our Windowless Megachurches Are Killing the Stained Glass Industry

For more than a thousand years, people have worshipped under stained glass windows. Is there any more appropriate setting to celebrate god? According to modern churchgoers, yes, yes there is. And more and more, that involves a giant LED screen in a darkened big box. » 12/29/14 12:27pm 12/29/14 12:27pm

Butt Plugs, High Rent, Horses: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A giant sex toy is enraging Paris, high rents are challenging Brooklyn's churches, and one mayoral candidate has a rather interesting idea for tackling Oakland's transportation crisis. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 10/26/14 2:20pm 10/26/14 2:20pm

9 of the Coolest Buildings of the Year, Chosen by Architects

The World Architecture Festival wrapped up last week and a whole new batch of buildings—both completed and "future" (aka not yet real)—were given the nod as this year's best. Let's take a look at some of the winners, shall we? » 10/07/14 9:20am 10/07/14 9:20am

The Cave Church of Garbage City

Large Christian communities are not abundant in Muslim-dominated Egypt, but one of the more populous groups are the garbage scavenging Zabbaleen who have retained their Coptic beliefs and established the largest Christian church in the Middle East at the Monastery of Saint Simon. » 5/09/14 9:42am 5/09/14 9:42am

These Grand Cathedrals Now House Regular Books, Not Bibles

Churches tend to ebb and flow with generations: Chapels close after neighborhoods are redeveloped, cathedrals are abandoned after religious upheaval. So, what then? In more than a few cases, they've been turned into bookstores and libraries. » 3/27/14 9:00am 3/27/14 9:00am

Philly Is Suing Scientology Over Its Vacant "Cathedral of the Future"

The Church of Scientology has reportedly spent roughly half a billion dollars buying up buildings in U.S. cities over the past few years—but, in many cases, these huge buildings have remained vacant. Now, the city of Philadelphia is taking the church to court over an empty tower. » 12/03/13 4:47pm 12/03/13 4:47pm

Here's How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It's Finally Done In 2026

When Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was tragically killed by a train in 1926, he was in the middle of building of his masterpiece—the Barcelona basilica, Sagrada Familia. Eighty-six years later, the church still isn't complete. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand… » 9/26/13 9:30am 9/26/13 9:30am

Why Is This 112-Year-Old Church Floating in the Air?

Art installation? Trick photography? Nope, just a little restoration project going on at Utah's Provo Temple, which was badly damaged in a fire in 2010. Thankfully, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is salvaging the 112-year-old building with a little architectural levitation. » 5/17/13 2:45pm 5/17/13 2:45pm

Historical Cathedral Renovation Takes Choose Your Own Adventure Route

New Zealand's ChristChurch Cathedral was seriously damaged in a 2011 earthquake. The historic place of worship is going to be remade soon, but how? The city's Anglican diocese, the property trustees, and the cathedral project group have come up with three different options the remodel, and anyone can vote. » 4/05/13 1:40pm 4/05/13 1:40pm

An 18th Century Spanish Church Gets a Thoroughly Modern Makeover

The crumbling centuries-old Sant Francesc Church and Convent, built in the first part of the Eighteenth Century in the Catalan town of Santpedor, was saved from near demolition, instead receiving a super modern makeover by Catalan architect David Closes. [Inhabitat] » 7/02/12 11:00pm 7/02/12 11:00pm

Update on NFL's Panties: Still Bunched

Responding to what happened a couple days ago, churches around the country have put the kibbosh on "traditional" Super Bowl parties while the NFL continues to put the fear out, "standing by its interpretation of copyright law." Apparently, enough private homeowners are worried about Ray Lewis busting down their door… » 2/03/07 6:37pm 2/03/07 6:37pm