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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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A nun kneels in front of a small crowd to pray in front of a shrine in Bethlehem.

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Priests perform a service in Bethlehem.

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A few days before Christmas, worshipers gather in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Men and children light candles and say prayers at an altar to the Virgin Mary inside the Church of the Nativity in downtown Bethlehem.

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People gather in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for a Christmas service.

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A few days before Christmas, people light candles in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Mass at Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Statues of saints on the altar of a Roman Catholic church in a village in Leyte, the Philippines.

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