Salem Witch Trials, World's Largest Cathedral, Grand Mosque of Paris

Barry Winiker
At the world's largest cathedral, St. John the Divine, sculptures appear to foretell the destructive events of 9/11. Also, learn the true story of the Salem Witch Trials and how the Grand Mosque of Paris secretly protected Jews from Nazi terror.

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The First Church
The First Church

The First Church

One of the oldest churches to be founded in North America, the First Church in Salem, MA, is also home to one of the most sinister chapters of American history: the Salem Witch Trials. In the 1690s, this Puritan community's zeal for righteous living ended in the conviction and execution of 20 innocent residents on charges of witchcraft. 960 1280

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Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque

This exquisite Muslim sanctuary in Paris secretly protected Jewish citizens from Nazi terror, when German forces occupied France during World War II. Founded in 1926, it’s the one of the largest mosques in France. 960 1280

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St. John the Divine

St. John the Divine

The world's largest cathedral, St. John the Divine in New York City is a majestic house of worship that inspires many, despite still being unfinished. Its architecture is filled with intriguing images that leave some visitors mystified, with some sculptures from the 1980s seeming to foretell the destructive events of 9/11. 960 1280

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The Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral

One of America's flashiest churches and the largest glass building in the world, the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, CA, was the home church for Crystal Cathedral Ministries before falling into bankruptcy. But after buying the building, the Roman Catholic Church has plans to renovate and reopen the cathedral. 960 1280

  

Old North Church

Old North Church

Twenty years before Paul Revere had lanterns hung in its steeple, Boston's iconic Old North Church was the site of one man’s attempt to fly -- by jumping from the steeple. The Episcopal church in Boston’s North End neighborhood is the city’s oldest standing church. 960 1280

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St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church

St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church

Built before the Civil War, the St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in New York City was the parish of German-born priest, Hans Schmidt, who was convicted and executed for the murder of his secret lover. 960 1280

  

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, MD, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. This church is built on the foundation of Fort Cumberland, where George Washington started his military career. 960 1280

  

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is arguably one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, it houses some of the most important relics in the Catholic religion. 960 1280

  

The Angelus Temple

The Angelus Temple

The Angelus Temple in Los Angeles was built by pastor and founder Aimee Semple McPherson, who was a famous evangelist of the time. In 1926, she was mysteriously kidnapped and then found wandering the Mexican desert. 960 1280

  

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall is a former Presbyterian church in Baltimore, MD. It's most well known for being the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. 960 1280

  

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan is one of America's most prominent churches. Completed in 1878, the cathedral can accommodate up to 2,200 people during its daily Masses. 960 1280

  

Church of Scientology

Church of Scientology

One of the most secretive landmark buildings in Hollywood is the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. This controversial religion counts some of Hollywood's biggest stars as devotees, but critics charge the religion is more focused on material than spiritual concerns. 960 1280

  

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

In 1920s Los Angeles, the moguls of the city's new moviemaking industry funded one of the most remarkable synagogues in the world, Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 960 1280

  

Central Congregational Church

Central Congregational Church

In the 1890s, the preferred house of worship for the residents of Fall River, MA, was the Central Congregational Church. Its congregation included businessman Andrew Borden and his daughter, Lizzie Borden. 960 1280

  

Eglise du Dome

Eglise du Dome

Paris is home to some of the grandest churches in Europe, and the grandest of them all may be the Eglise du Dome. Built as a chapel for royalty, it's now the final resting place for one of France's greatest heroes: Napoleon Bonaparte. 960 1280

  


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