A number of our posts are explorations of one church exclusively. The following lists allow you to select a church from that country and go directly to the associated post and photos. Since this lists is long and gets longer with time, you can also use the “Search” box on the right side of this page to find a particular church that you are seeking.
Here is an article that lists a few of our favorite posts and churches.
If you are interested in where the French departments are, here is a link to a map.
In addition, in response to requests for the locations of the churches, we have added longitude and latitude coordinates. If you select the link attached to those coordinates, you will go to a custom Google Map identifying the location. By expanding the view, you can see all of the rest of the churches that we feature on this page.
20 thoughts on “Featured Churches”
Wow thank God I found you guys your work is amazing and inspirational!
Thanks so much, appreciate your kind words. Look forward to seeing more of your work, especially your panoramas.
I was directed to your site after you ‘liked’ one of my posts. Your photography is stunning and truly captures the beauty & stories of these cathedrals. I, too, am drawn to cathedrals for their beauty, emotion & architecture. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks, Amy. This is a life project for both PJ and myself. We’re returning to France in September for six or seven weeks to shoot in Normandy, the Poitou, and Burgundy again. Can’t wait. Meanwhile, we still have about thirty or forty churches unprocessed from the September/October trip in 2011.
I came here following you placing a ‘like’ on my blog…and I am stunned by the quality of your photography.
You’ve shown me churches I thought I knew well in a way to wish i could go back and take a further look.
I’ve passed the link to friends one of whom is a medieval specialist now living in France who often show religious architecture on their blog
‘Chez Charnizay’ http://chezcharnizay.blogspot.fr/
They too think your photography stunning.
Helen, it was a pleasure discovering your blog and your introduction to France many years ago – brought back France in those days and how much I loved her. Thanks for your kind words on our Via Lucis project – we have been doing this project for six years now and we are as passionate about it now as we were when we started.
Wow! Thats a lot of churches!!!
That’s just a fraction of what we’ve actually shot. We go back in September and will shoot another 70 or so!
What type of Cameras do you use when shooting? Do you usually shoot them in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is setting? Any beauitful Gardens outside or inside the churches? I’d like to see a inside Garden in a church…would that not be fantastic!!!
Here is a link to our equipment, if you are interested. As for the timing of our photography, unfortunately we do not always arrive at the optimum times. Depending the on the church, we might spend three days photographing or three hours. Sometimes we have shot three churches in a day, so the times are distributed. We have taken the opportunity to go back and reshoot many times at more optimal times. As for gardens, there are generally two kinds – a cathedral may have an episcopal garden nearby, but more often there are gardens in the centers of the cloisters, if they have survived. These are the most photogenic sites you can imagine.
This list is VERY helpful. I got out my atlas and found the coordinates for my French town, then checked your list for numbers like mine. I found three churches to visit. Woohoo! Thank you!
Great, Trish. Can you tell me the three churches?
Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou; Monastir de Santa Maria de Ripoll; Monasterio Santa Maria de Vilabertran
Trish, if you’re in the area near Saint Martin du Canigou, you should also see Saint Michel de Cuxa, which is right nearby. If you are interested in more, let me know and I’ll send you some names. There are literally dozens in the area.
Hi Dennis, thanks for the offer. I’m interested in anything between Perpignan and Barcelona, though I’d prefer to stay in France because I don’t speak Spanish. And preferably near the coast.
Trish, then starting out at Ripoll is a good thing for you. The road through France will take you to the following churches:
Iglesia de Sant Joan i Sant Pau, Sant Joan de les Abadesses (Lérida)
Sant Pere de Camprodón, Camprodón (Lérida)
Iglesia parroquial de Santa Cecília de Molló, Molló (Lérida)
and then into France:
Abbaye Sainte-Marie, Arles-sur-Tech (Pyrénées-Orientales)
Chapelle Saint-Martin-de-Fenollar, Maureillas-las-Illas (Pyrénées-Orientales)
Le prieuré de Serrabone, Boule-d’Amont (Pyrénées-Orientales) (the great freestanding marble tribune)
Eglise Sainte-Eulalie, Elne ((Pyrénées-Orientales)
Cabestany – has a museum dedicated to the Master of Cabestany
Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuxa, Coadelet (Pyrénées-Orientales)
There are literally dozens more, but this will get you started.
Thanks Dennis. I now have a long list of churches and monasteries to visit. I’ll let you know if I get to them, or if I discover something completely different! I’m very grateful that you’ve typed up the lists for me.
Thank you for organizing these! It makes it easier to look for similarities in styles.
Thank you for sharing your love of these beautiful houses of worship, and explaining their place in history. Blessings to you.