The physical structure of the church, i.e. the building, furnishings and artwork are integral parts of the sacred and liturgical meaning and experience. Learn more about the physical features and how they interact with the spiritual aspects here.
Church architecture is a specialized area of building design that incorporates religious, spiritual and symbolic elements into the architectural style. Per archisoup.com, “architectural style is a collection of external influences that shape the materiality, method of construction and form of a building, helping it to be identified and characterized in both historical and design terms.” Architectural styles have developed chronologically over the centuries with changes in beliefs, cultures, availability of building materials – along with advances in engineering and construction methods.