San Rafael Church interior, Zarcero, Costa Rica

A lovely little church with stained glass windows and columns painted to look like marble and some religious paintings. The main colors are pastel blue and pink.

San Rafael Church Interior, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Nave, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Nave, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Altar, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Altar, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church, Zarcero, Costa Rica

Zarcero is the capital city of the canton of Zarcero in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito (district) that includes the city. The city lies at an elevation of 1,736 meters above sea level. Zarcero, known for its brisk mountain climate, lies in a dairy and agricultural area also noted for the local enterprises that practice organic farming.

San Rafael Church, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church 2, Zarcero, Costa Rica

The town has a beautiful cottage style church. Admirers of religious architecture will be delighted by the interior of the church which is covered with detailed religious paintings and elaborate pastel stencil work.

San Rafael Church 2, Zarcero, Costa Rica

Our Lord in the Attic Church MG_9326, Amsterdam

Our Lord in the Attic is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum in the city center of Amsterdam. The Catholic Church was built on the top three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. It is an important example of a “schuilkerk”, or “clandestine church,” in which Catholics and other religious dissenters from the seventeenth century Dutch Reformed Church, unable to worship in public, held services. Since 28 April 1888, the church is open as a museum, and has annually 85,000 visitors.

Our Lord in the Attic Church MG_9326,  Amsterdam

Our Lord in the Attic Church MG_9327, Amsterdam

Our Lord in the Attic Church MG_9327,  Amsterdam

Our Lord in the Attic Church Organ MG_9330, Amsterdam

Our Lord in the Attic Church Organ MG_9330,  Amsterdam

St. Bavo Cathedral Altar, Ghent Belgium

The cathedral is noted for the Ghent Altarpiece, originally in its Joost Vijd chapel. It is formally known as: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. This work is considered Van Eyck’s masterpiece and one of the most important works of the early Northern Renaissance, as well as one of the greatest artistic masterpieces of Belgium.

St. Bavo Cathedral Altar, Ghent Belgium

St. Bavo Cathedral Organ, Ghent Belgium

St. Bavo Cathedral Organ, Ghent Belgium

St. Bavo Cathedral MG 8818, Ghent Belgium

The Saint Bavo Cathedral is the seat of the diocese of Ghent. It is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent.

St. Bavo Cathedral MG 8818, Ghent Belgium

St. Bavo Cathedral MG 8819, Ghent Belgium
The building is based upon the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, a primarily wooden construction; it was consecrated in 942 by Transmarus, Bishop of Tournai and Noyon. Traces of this original structure are evident in the cathedral’s crypt.
St. Bavo Cathedral MG 8819, Ghent Belgium

St. Michael’s Church, Ghent, Belgium

Saint Michael’s Church is a Roman Catholic church in Ghent, Belgium built in a late Gothic style. It has a rich interior decoration.

St. Michael Church, Ghent Belgium

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ghent, Belgium

St. Nicholas’ Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building’s corners.

St. Nicholas' Church, Ghent Belgium

Monument de la Foi, Place d’Armes, Old Quebec City

The gothic-style fountain at place d’Armes is crowned by Monument de la Foi and commemorates the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Récollet missionaries in 1615.

The fountain stands beneath the windows of Château Frontenac hotel, smack dab in the middle of one of the liveliest places in Old Québec. In the summer months, it attracts throngs of visitors with rue du Trésor and its artists, street entertainers, horsedrawn carriages, and a string of restaurants and sidewalk patios all just around the corner.

Monument de la Foi,Old Québec City Place d'Armes, Canada

Auberge du Trésor, Old Quebec City

This red roof with green window building dated from 1640 is situated in the heart of Old Quebec and across from the Monument de la Foi leading to the Château Frontenac.

Auberge du Trésor, Old Québec City, Canada

Corner Street Building, Old Quebec City

Corner Street Building, Old Québec City, Canada