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Neo-Byzantine Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 14 Neo-Byzantine sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Mitrópoli (Cathedral)
    Athens, Greece
    The largest church in Athens, this 19th-century cathedral is the spiritual headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church. Its interior is lavishly and colorfully decorated.
  • Lovely Lane Methodist Church
    Baltimore, USA
    Known as the "Mother Church of American Methodism," Lovely Lane Methodist Church was founded in 1784 and rebuilt to an interesting Byzantine-Romanesque design in 1882.
  • New Synagogue
    Berlin, Germany
    Built in 1859-66 and meticulously restored, the New Synagogue of Berlin is an exotic amalgam of styles with a Moorish feel. It is both an active synagogue and a museum.
  • Mother Church of Christian Science
    Boston, USA
    This is the world headquarters of the Christian Science faith founded by Mary Baker Eddy. It includes two historic church buildings, dating from 1894 and 1906.
  • St. Mary's Church
    Brussels, Belgium
    The Église Sainte-Marie is a large Byzantine-style Catholic church near the Royal Palace. Now located in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood, it is mainly used for concerts and ecumenical functions.
  • Church of All Nations
    Jerusalem
    Built in 1924 and funded by several nations, this church stands over the traditional site where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal.
  • Hurva Synagogue
    Jerusalem
    This ruined Ashkenazi synagogue was one of the largest buildings in the city until it was destroyed in the war of 1948. It finally reopened in March 2010.
  • Westminster Cathedral
    London, England
    A few doors down from Westminster Abbey, this is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain. Completed in 1903, it has a unique Byzantine design.
  • Basilica of the Rosary
    Lourdes, France
    The lower of the two main basilicas at Lourdes, the Basilica of the Rosary was completed in 1901. Inside, mosaic panels illustrate each of the 15 mysteries.
  • Notre-Dame-de-Fourviere
    Lyon, France
    Built in the 1870s as an expression of the Church's power and wealth, this Neo-Byzantine basilica shares much in common, both historically and architecturally, with the Sacre-Coeur in Paris.
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
    Marseille, France
    This ornate Neo-Byzantine church sits atop the signal hill of La Garde, the highest natural point in Marseille. As well as a major local landmark, the basilica is the focus of a popular annual pilgrimage on the Feast of the Assumption.
  • Temple Emanu-El
    New York City, USA
    Accommodating 2,500 worshippers, New York's Temple Emanu-El is the largest synagogue in the world. It also includes a small museum.
  • Sacré-Coeur Basilica
    Paris, France
    This 19th-century basilica and landmark is built over the place to which St. Denis is said to have carried his own head after his martyrdom.
  • Basilica of St. Martin
    Tours, France
    This Neo-Byzantine basilica stands on the site of the tomb of St. Martin of Tours. Next to it are two Romanesque towers and a Renaissance cloister from an earlier basilica.