Kynan Wieltz initially trained as an architect where he developed a great appreciation for buildings constructed for prayer and for spiritual ends. He has been involved in the construction of several regional churches as well as civic buildings and buildings with large internal spaces are his preferred brief. A native of the Bavarian regions he now shares his love of religious architecture with international visitors in small tour groups, though he has also spoken on individual locations for larger groups.
He's main focus for 2007 and 2008 is the completion of his doctorate and the research book he is working on in conjunction with his studies.
Translated it’s called the Museum of Art History and is one of the most admired museums to fine and decorative arts in the world comparable to the Louve and the Vatican for its collection of Old Masters. The building is a mirror image of its twin t…"
The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral is the second cathedral to stand on this spot, and it was built around the first structure, between 1573 and 1813. The first structure was built by the Spanish conquistadors, eager to consecrate the ground after th…"
The ruins of the glorious old Roman city of Gadara have been part covered by the less magnificent modern city of Umm Qais. Gadara was a fort city set on a hill and the ruins are still surrounded by the ancient walls, crumbled and part submerged in place…"
The fresh white walls, green, gold tipped domes of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev make it one of the city’s most striking and familiar monuments. There seems to be some local pride in it. Byzantine in style the cathedral was painstakingly erected…"
The Wormser Dom is a one of the best examples of the Romanesque style with it’s round towers, domes and red brickwork. The style is less ornate than the gothic grandeur of many of the Rhine regions other doms, but the simplicity of both the interior and…"
Construction on the Aachen Cathedral was commenced by Charlemagne in 786, making it the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. The founder’s bones are interred in a shrine inside the cathedral. The coronations of thirty German rulers have taken place in …"
You can see it’s boned spires from all over the city; St. Vitus is Prague’s most imposing and important church, site of the coronation of numerous monarchs and the internment of Czech royalty, nobles and church leaders. It is located inside the Prague C…"
Stephansdom is Vienna’s oldest church, built on the site of an ancient graveyard dating back to the fourth century. Its major feature is its high southern tower from which watchmen protected the city and worked as a fire alarm. The northern tower was i…"
The accentuated fragility of Lausanne Cathedral’s ornate architecture has given the building a reputation as one of Switzerland’s most impressive pieces of gothic architecture; consecrated in 1275 it is still incomplete as far as the original plans sugge…"
The Dom St. Peter is included as Germany’s oldest church. Less grand than the other churches on this list it is historically significant and rightly for it’s status, houses an impressive collection of art and relics. Unlike most historic buildings the …"
The World Heritage listed, Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is one of the most recognizable pieces of grand and gothic German architecture. It houses one of the most significant religious relics, the Shrine of the Three Kings (commonly known of as the Thr…"
The Salzburger Dom or Cathedral, Salzburg’s ecclesiastical center and one of it’s most important pieces of architecture, is most recognizable for it‘s elaborate elevated dome, frescos depicting scenes from the Old Testament and organ built by one of the …"
The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal’s lace stonework spire is still the tallest structure of Antwerp’s skyline and the whole building is recognized as a major piece of intricate masonry and grand gothic design. Though most of the cathedral’s extensive col…"
St. Michaelskirich, completed near the end of the 16th Century, is a former Jesuit church constructed in the Renaissance style, and a particularly notable piece of architecture thought to have influenced the German baroque style. It’s most notable featu…"
The calm tinkle of water is the overriding first impression of the Alhambra palace. Built in a particularly arid spot, it is none the less a veritable park of water features; fountains run into ponds into little man made streams and channels into larger…"