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Christian Sites in non Chritian Countries

 
Author Assif
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#1 | Posted: 21 Apr 2009 14:47 
I guess there are quite a few churches in Colonial cities in Africa and Asia. As I'm familiar with none perhaps someone else could check into it :)

Author Solivagant
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#2 | Posted: 21 Apr 2009 15:46 | Edited by: Solivagant 
We put in the "significant element" requirement to avoid counting every church and Baptist mission - I had thought of the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals in Zanzibar but didn't see them as that "significant" - though possibly they should be included here as they are mentioned by ICOMOS. Another issue with Zanzibar is that, although it fits under the 5% Christian "bar" we set, Tanzania as the State Party doesn't - indeed relatively few African countries are going to come under 5% (not even Egypt because of its Coptic history) other than the most Islamic (Libya/Algeria/Mauritania etc) but I don't know of any "significant" churches in inscribed areas there.
Another I had thought of was Istanbul - There are the remains of plenty of Byzantine churches but I don't know of any which are still operating within the inscribed area. There may well be more "modern" churches which are but are they "significant"?.
Then there is Baku (Azerbaijan has c 4.8% Christian +/-) - the main Armenian church there was attacked and damaged during the Nagorno Karaback war so isn't "operational" -but i don't beleive it is in the inscribed area anyway.
So, I am not sure that there are many more unless we increase the "5% rule" (It could be said to be illogical since we adopted a 1% rule for Buddhist temples - though I suspect we could up that without adding many more. The aim is to arrive at a figure which pulls out those countries where the presence of a "minority" religious site is of some interest/note

Author Xeres
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#3 | Posted: 21 Apr 2009 16:07 
what about Goa? India isn't a christian country. What percent do they have?

Author Solivagant
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#4 | Posted: 21 Apr 2009 16:42 
We have Goa as 1 of the 3 sites currently identified - India has around 2.3% (but still 24 million!) Christians concentrated in Goa with around 26% and Kerala 19%.

Author Assif
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#5 | Posted: 21 Apr 2009 17:20 
Both Aleppo and Damascus offer some historical churches in their inscribed areas but as Egypt its Christian population exceeds the threshold.
If we don't limit ourselves to functional churches alone Masada and the Incense Route of the Negev can be added as well.

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