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house of worship

Definitions of house of worship
  1. noun
    any building where congregations gather for prayer
    synonyms: house of God, house of prayer, place of worship
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    Artemision at Ephesus
    the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
    Chartres Cathedral
    a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
    Caaba
    (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
    Parthenon
    the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
    Sistine Chapel
    the private chapel of the popes in Rome; it was built by and named after Sixtus IV in 1473
    Mormon Tabernacle
    the Mormon temple
    Oracle of Apollo
    (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
    Temple of Artemis
    a large temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
    Temple of Jerusalem
    any of three successive temples in Jerusalem that served as the primary center for Jewish worship; the first temple contained the Ark of the Covenant and was built by Solomon in the 10th century BC and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC; the second was built in 515 BC and the third was an enlargement by Herod the Great in 20 BC that was destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt in AD 70; all that remains is the Wailing Wall
    Westminster Abbey
    a famous Gothic church of St. Peter in Westminster, London on the site of a former Benedictine monastery
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    bethel
    a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
    chapel
    a place of worship that has its own altar
    church, church building
    a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    conventicle, meetinghouse
    a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
    masjid, musjid
    (Islam) a Muslim place of worship
    mosque
    (Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
    shrine
    a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person
    synagogue, tabernacle, temple
    (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
    temple
    place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
    abbey
    a church associated with a monastery or convent
    basilica
    an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges
    cathedral
    any large and important church
    cathedral, duomo
    the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
    chantry
    a chapel endowed for singing Masses for the soul of the donor
    joss house
    a Chinese temple or shrine for idol worship
    kirk
    a Scottish church
    lady chapel
    a small chapel in a church; dedicated to the Virgin Mary
    oracle
    a shrine where an oracular god is consulted
    pagoda
    an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof
    pantheon
    (antiquity) a temple to all the gods
    side chapel
    a small chapel off the side aisle of a church
    stupa, tope
    a dome-shaped shrine erected by Buddhists
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    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
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