Cathedrals and chapels have played vital roles in the development of Christian culture.
As a scholar of the Bible, Judaism and Christianity, I have come to learn the historic importance of these structures and the pivotal role they play in the practice of many Christians’ faith.
Early Christian architecture
Cathedrals and chapels not only provide a space for worship, but they are also vessels for the display of religious iconography and art.
Until the early fourth century A.D., much of early Christian art and space for worship occurred in catacombs – subterranean locations where Christians would bury members of their community.
It has traditionally been thought that Christians used such catacombs due to persecutions by the Roman government. However, such persecutions were periodic and not sustained. Other explanations have been offered regarding the regular use of the