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The largest church in the world is the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Paix in Yamossoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.

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Portrait of a Taabwa Catholic priest at the historic mission in the city of Moba, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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A Taabwa Catholic priest walks through a historic Catholic mission in Moba, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Children play in Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Children play in Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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A Taabwa Catholic priest stands in the historic Catholic mission that overlooks the town of Moba, a southern port city on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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A Christian woman says a prayer while she waits to see the crucifixion site of Jesus.

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A Catholic priest of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City burns incense to bless the space before a mass processional.

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Religious artifacts sit on a table inside Dominus Flevit Church, also known as Tear Drop Church. Dominus Flevit is a direct translation of ‘The Lord Cried.’ The Catholic Church is next to the Mount of Olives and is along the path known as The Palm Sunday Walk. The present church was built in 1952 and stands over the site where tradition has it that Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem.

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A woman lights candles outside the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem as she waits to enter. The tomb is next to Calvary, or Golgatha, and in close proximity to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built around what is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb (sepulchre) where He was buried.

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Portrait of a woman at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built around what is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is an important pilgrimage destination and thousands visit every day.

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The Chapel of St. Paul is a modern stone chapel in Damascus that incorporates materials from the Bab Kisan, the ancient city gate through which Paul was hidden and lowered out of a window in Acts 9:25 when he was threatened to be killed by the Jews.

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The Church of Saint Lazarus Al-Eizariya, known in the Bible as Bethany, has mosaic floors dating between the fifth and seventh centuries, as well as an olive press.

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The Church of Bethphage in Bethphage, Jerusalem, is recognized as both the site where Jesus cursed the fig tree, as well as the site where he mounted the donkey to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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Church of the Resurrection at Abu Ghosh, Israel. The church was built in the early 12th century and is a possible site for the city of Emmaus. The church has a cistern in a crypt beneath the sanctuary.

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The Church of the St. John the Baptist in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, dates back to the 17th century and was built over the ruins of earlier Byzantine structures. This church commemorates the birthplace of John the Baptist.

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Kiriath-Jearim at Tel Kerioth is the site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept before it was returned to Jerusalem. Today, the Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant Church in Abu Ghosh, Israel, is said to occupy the site where the house of Abinadab once stood. It was in Abinadab’s house that the Ark of the Covenant was held until King David moved it to Jerusalem. A statue at the top of the church depicts Mary with the infant Christ standing on top of the Ark of the Covenant.

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Worshipers bow down at at the Stone of Unction, or the Stone of Anointing, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where the anointing and wrapping of Christ’s body has been commemorated since the Middle Ages. The current stone dates back to 1810.

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People gather for a service in Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. The mountain is located in Lower Galilee, Israel, and is where Deborah and Barak gathered their troops here for the Battle of Mount Tabor in Judges chapter three and four.

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St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa, Israel. Most churches had apses on the east end of the building. However, the apse of St. Peter’s is at the west end of the building, which is symbolic of taking the gospel to the rest of the world.

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