Wednesday, June 1, 2016

9 Sacred Spaces That Transformed Into Stunning Secular Buildings

From Huffington-

What happens to a sacred place when people no longer gather there to seek the divine?

A lot of things, actually.

As more people find spirituality outside of traditional church settings, some of the big, beautiful cathedrals, churches and synagogues that were once centers of community life are being repurposed into secular spaces. Their transformations are a reflection of the changes that have happened with religions in Western society.

Mainline Protestant Christian denominations, like the Anglican and Lutheran churches, once dominated the religious landscapes of both the United States and Northern Europe. But this tradition’s share of the population has been declining sharply in recent decades. The Roman Catholic Church and Jewish synagogues have suffered losses as well, with attendance at religious services steadily declining. 

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