Maundy Thursday for the Roman Catholic community is usually celebrated by Seven Churches Visitation or what we call in the Philppines as Visita Iglesia.
If you must know, I grew up memorising the major streets of Metro Manila and nearby southern and northern provinces because our mother back home used to take our whole family to observe Visita Iglesia in not only 7 churches but 30 (a number equivalent to the silver coins that Judas received for betraying Jesus).
More than being familiar with streets and directions, I also developed the appreciation of the arts (in religious sculptures and paintings), and architecture in visiting various churches back home, which I eventually took with me whenever I get a chance to travel to various countries.
In commemoration of Holy Week, I’m sharing a random photoessay of the 40 of the world’s most beautiful churches that I’ve been to (there are more churches on my list, however, I lost files of photos of them).
Templo de la Compañía de Jesús, Plaza de Armas del Cusco, Peru.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roma, Italia.
San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila.
Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or Il Duomo di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta.
Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy.
St.Nicholas Church, Lesser Town, Prague, Czech Republic.
St. Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic.
Temppeliaukio Church or Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland.
Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy.
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Lima, Peru.
Dome of Sacré-Cœur or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paris, France.
Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary.
Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz, Bolivia.
St.Peter’s Church, Latvia.
Duomo di Napoli, Naples, Italy.
Dome of Carmelite Priory, Mdina, Malta.
Sant’Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.
Dome of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, Positano, Salerno, Italy.
Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic.
Church of St. John of Matha and St. Felix of Valois or Trinity Church, Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, Venice, Italy.
Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St.Julian’s, Malta.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, France.
Sent Antuan Kilisesi, or St. Anthony of Padua Church, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia.
Mosaic of Jesus Christ in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
Duomo di Santa Maria Nascente or Milan Cathedral, Milano, Italy.
Suomenlinna Church, Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki, Finland.
Parish Church in Senglea, Malta.
Altar of the Pantheon, Rome, Italy.
The Shio Mgvime Monastery, Georgia.
Church of Gesù Nuovo, Napoli, Italy.
Parish Church of Mellieha, Malta.
Chapel inside Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru.
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic.
Chapel in Sorrento, Italy.
Igreja da Ordem Terceira dos Mínimos de São Francisco de Paula, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.