Lightning Challenge #30 (Complete)

The Churches and Cathedrals Challenge

Hosted by TrueUndeadHero

Morning in Paris, the city awakes
To the bells of Notre Dame
The fisherman fishes, the bakerman bakes
To the bells of Notre Dame
To the big bells as loud as the thunder
To the little bells soft as a psalm
And some say the soul of the city is
The toll of the bells
The bells of Notre Dame
— Drew K. - The Bells of Notre Dame Lyrics
Throughout our bold and brave world, we have built monuments and buildings ornate with religious significance. These structures are full of such grandeur and artistic wonder that it is hard to find equals to some. From Notre Dame to St. Peter's Basilica to the Taj Mahal, we create great and wonderous temples and Cathedrals at such size that it truly boggles the mind. I am offering a challenge to everyone, show me your massive temples, cathedrals, anything in your world and it's historical significance!   Use the Building Template to construct an article about your worlds' greatest temples or cathedrals and why they are so great.  
Submissions are now closed!

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All users welcome!

Min. Words 500

Max Words 2000

Template Location
Time Limit
  • PST: August 30th at 09:00
  • BST: August 30th at 17:00
Here is a link to a timer countdown.


This challenge comes with a prize!
The victor will win Fantasy Architecture: 1500-2036 by Neil Bingham.   If you have any questions about this, contact the Emcee, Barbarossa, in the discord, or comment with your questions below.

  Please do not submit until you are done, as the Emcee will be reading them as soon as he notices them and early submissions may be read in an incomplete state as a result.

What is this?

Lightning Challenges are community created challenges to inspire you to think about aspects of your world you might not have before!   Challenges may be hosted by users and staff alike. Contact Ademal to host your own in the future.  
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Show us what you've got!



The Father of Man Temple
Building / Landmark | Sep 17, 2018
Your article encompassed all efforts I was looking for. An age old structure constantly being worked on in the name of God and man. It is a good article, especially the history. I approve!


Building / Landmark | Apr 5, 2020

Cradle of the Neon Gods; Headstone of the Cathartic Army

This article was well written, close to perfection. I really enjoyed the backstory of it and I hope everyone who reads it will too! A great article about Anthem and her following.


Oculus to the stars
Building / Landmark | Sep 17, 2018
This article is a well written historical article. I loved the history of it and I feel it can serve as inspiration for any one seeking to also create a church.

Cover image: Lightning Competition by TJ


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28 Aug, 2018 16:46

Hello! This your Emcee, TrueUndeadHero or Barbarossa. I would like to request that participants do not submit their articles unless it's absolutely finished. Minor editing for grammar is allowed. I request this so I can read them and pick a winner in a reasonable amount of time. Please and Thank you.

29 Aug, 2018 03:33

500nwords was difficult

The Sun Citadel
Building / Landmark | Aug 29, 2018

The Beacon of a New Day

Who the hell does this guy think he is?
PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
@ Elijah T
Elijah Talbot
29 Aug, 2018 08:36
30 Aug, 2018 14:51

Towers of marble preside over the Audiograve, rumbling with songs too low to hear, but which we understood all the same. It's not a song which plays out in beat and rhythm. It is something else entirely, and comes from somewhere else. It comes from somewhere we Cathartic have only scratched the surface of.   It is a whisper of Anthem's Thrum.   It is all that remains of Her.   This is what we died to protect.
— A Veteran Cathartic
Building / Landmark | Apr 5, 2020

Cradle of the Neon Gods; Headstone of the Cathartic Army

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30 Aug, 2018 14:58
30 Aug, 2018 15:23

Not as pretty as I wanted it, but improving over time is the key:

Oculus to the stars
Building / Landmark | Sep 17, 2018

30 Aug, 2018 15:51

"There are some who call it a temple dug in forlorn soil, and others who name it the source of all evil. As for me, well I just think it's a hole that's too deep for the sunlight to reach the bottom, and let me tell you, nothing good ever happens where the sunlight does not reach and men think their actions justified by the divine."   ~ Taken from the Journal of Keppet Burrow, page 267
The Descent
Building / Landmark | Oct 13, 2018