Place of worship

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece, was built for the goddess Athena in 447–432 BC and remained devoted to her cult for nearly a thousand years, later serving as a Christian church and then as an Islamic mosque under the Ottoman Empire.

A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, synagogues and mosques are examples of structures created for worship. A monastery, particularly for Buddhists, may serve both to house those belonging to religious orders and as a place of worship for visitors. Natural or topographical features may also serve as places of worship, and are considered holy or sacrosanct in some religions; the rituals associated with the Ganges river are an example in Hinduism.

Under International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions, religious buildings are offered special protection, similar to the protection guaranteed hospitals displaying the Red Cross or Red Crescent. These international laws of war bar firing upon or from a religious building.

Religious architecture expresses the religious beliefs, aesthetic choices, and economic and technological capacity of those who create or adapt it, and thus places of worship show great variety depending on time and place.

Wat Mahathat, Luang Prabang, Laos
Roman Catholic church in Stupava (Slovakia
The Temple of Hercules Victor, a Greek-style temple in the Forum Boarium in Rome
Hindu mass prayer in Ganges river
Huseina Čauša džamija (a.k.a. Džindijska), 17th century traditional wooden mosque in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Sikh pilgrim at the Golden Temple of India
Cao Dai temple

Buddhism

Other Languages
العربية: دار عبادة
català: Lloc de culte
Deutsch: Kultstätte
Esperanto: Preĝejo
فارسی: نیایشگاه
français: Lieu de culte
हिन्दी: उपासनास्थल
Bahasa Indonesia: Tempat ibadah
עברית: בית תפילה
Basa Jawa: Omah ngibadah
Kiswahili: Maabadi
Latina: Fanum
lietuvių: Šventvietė
മലയാളം: ആരാധനാലയം
Bahasa Melayu: Tempat ibadat
Baso Minangkabau: Tampek ibadah
Nederlands: Gebedshuis
română: Lăcaș de cult
slovenščina: Svetišče
українська: Культова споруда
Tiếng Việt: Nơi thờ phụng
中文: 宗教场所