Tuesday, April 30, 2024

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2024: Z is for Zakynthos, Zakopane, Zanzibar and Zayatsky

Looking back through my travel photos I see that in many places we visited there was, on our agendas, an Abbey, Cathedral, Chapel, Church, Convent, Monastery, Mosque, Pagoda, Synagogue, Temple or other place of worship. As we travel along the road I often take snaps of God's many houses we pass by. These buildings range from ordinary to ostentatious. 

For the Blogging from A to Z April 2024 Blogging Challenge my theme is Gods' Houses. During April I invite you to join me for an online tour of Gods' Houses from my digital albums.

I was fearful of the difficult Z post. When I looked at my keywords I discovered that I had visited several Z places and that I had photos of churches from some of them:  ZakynthosZakopane, Zanzibar and Zayatsky. So for a change my Z post was easy to compile. 

Our first stop is in Zakynthos in Greece. As we drove around the island we saw several churches. I only have vague memories of this island so am pleased that I will visit again this year.

This church was tucked in the corner of the main square.

We spent time at very old church

Art in the old church

We spotted this church on a hill

and saw two yellow churches on our drive

Yet another church snapped from the bus. 

On  a coach tour in Poland we visited the charming town of Zakopane. As well as taking a funicular ride up to a mountaintop we visited a couple of local churches and a cemetery.

The Chapel of The Saint Christ’s Heart in Jaszczur√≥wka


A helpful guide in English

I didn't record the name of this next church

I suspect that it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary

Mary had a significant spot above the altar

We managed to squeeze the usual visits to a church, market and pther historical sites on our day in Zanzibar. 

Christ Church - The Anglican Cathedral in Zanzibar

Above the altar

Beautiful woodwork

We reached the uninhabited island of Zayatsky in a local vessel on a beautiful afternoon.. The island has a connection to the magnificent Solavetsky Monastery that we had visited that morning.

Approaching St Andrew's Church by boat

As the church was tiny we had to enter in small groups

The church was splendidly decorated. It was definitely worth the wait to enter


  1. A great variety of Z places - I have not visited any of them.
    The church on Zayatsky certainly looks very special.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    1. Thanks Anne and congratulations to you as well.

  2. Some beautiful churches and art work. Congraulations on completing the challenge!

    1. Thanks Kristin for your support during the AtoZ

  3. Z came effortlessly for you. Not fair. Not fair.
    Well done on completing the A-Z Challenge and with such interesting snapshots of the world. I've enjoyed the tour. Thankyou.

    1. Thanks May, I'll be following your blog. :-))

  4. I think you suspicion about the Virgin Mary is correct. Great job and those are some beautiful pictures you have taken.

  5. Worship is such a universal human trait and it has been fascinating to see the many ways different peoples have chosen to create spaces in which to invoke the sacred...
    Well done for completing the challenge!

  6. Thanks for checking out my posts. It was fascinating to delve into those places of worship.

  7. WOW! I just finished going through all your A-Z posts. Your photos are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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