Temples & Churches

Basilique du Sacre-Cœur

Sacre Couer

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

You probably know that the most tallest and most visible structure in Paris is the Eiffel Tower, but the second? That would be the Sacré-Cœur Basilica on top of Montmartre.

There it is…see it? Shimmering in the distance, like a wedding-cake mirage on the northern edge of the city.… Continue Reading →

St. Paul’s Chapel and Cemetery

Rebuilding and Remembrance


My freshman English class barely remembers 9/11. As well they shouldn’t; they were two or three years old, after all. It’s like being thirty and trying to remember the Challenger explosion or being fifty and remembering the JFK assassination. You know it’s important, but like 99% of history, you weren’t there to experience it and it’s lost in the ether of “important events” like Pearl Harbor or the Revolutionary War.… Continue Reading →

The Jewish Museum in Prague

Spanish Synagogue in Prague

Jewish History and Culture in the Old Ghetto

The Jewish Museum in Prague documents the Jewish experience in Czech lands (Bohemia and Moravia) for the last thousand years. Exhibits spread across six different sites describe the history and traditions of the Jewish people in the region.

The museum was created when the Jewish Ghetto (Josefov) underwent redevelopment at the turn of the last century.… Continue Reading →

Old-New Synagogue

Old-New Synagogue, Prague

Europe’s Oldest Synagogue

When the Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga) was built in 1270 it was originally called the New Synagogue, because there were older ones to compare it to. However, by the 1500s, the older synagogues were gone and newer ones had been built, so the New Synagogue became known as Old-New Synagogue.… Continue Reading →

Saihoji Temple

Saihoji

Buddhist Temple and Moss Garden In Kyoto

The gardens at the temples in Japan are some of the best in the world, but the best of the best is the moss garden at Saihoji Temple (also called Kokedera) in Kyoto. Anyone can make a flower look beautiful, but it takes talent to create a breathtaking landscape made entirely of lowly moss, and this talent earned the garden a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.… Continue Reading →

Fushimi-Inari Shinto Shrine

fushimi-inari shrine

Tunnel of 10,000 Torii Gates

L&A has been to their fair share of places of worship, from cathedrals and country churches to synagogues and Buddhist temples, but there is just something mystical about the Fushimi-Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto. With its seemingly endless tunnel made of Torii gates and countless stone foxes watching your every move, it’s something you just experience yourself. … Continue Reading →

Our Lord in the Attic Church

Hidden Church near Amsterdam’s Red Light District

The Dutch government has a history of  tolerance. Take a few steps from Centraal Station and smell the marijuana smoke and take a peek at the ladies in the window boxes and the word “tolerance” does not seem, I don’t know, strong enough. So when anti-Catholic sentiment was all the rage in Europe, what did the tolerant Dutch do?… Continue Reading →