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Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« on: October 30, 2019, 03:35:27 PM »
For no good reason at all I’ve been pondering where you might find the largest town in Ireland (or the world) that doesn’t have a place of religious worship.

Google seems to be struggling with this one. I doubt though we’d get to a four figure settlement before the proponents of the God fella get involved.

Anyone able to shine any local knowledge?

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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 03:45:33 PM »
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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 05:06:28 PM »
I suspect on the world stage that China might have a few surprisingly large settlements without any place of religious worship* given the state attitude to organised religion.

*at least in the sense of the 'Abrahamic religions'. Obviously there are lots of traditional temples.
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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2019, 04:51:42 PM »
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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2019, 05:38:09 PM »
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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 06:23:09 PM »
I thought Pyongyang would be free of any publicly recognised buildings dedicated to Christian worship, but apparently there are a few...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changchung_Cathedral

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bongsu_Church

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilgol_Church

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Life-Giving_Trinity_(Pyongyang)

There is a doc on netflix about NK, he was brought to mass to prove that they allowed religion. Not one person involved knew the words.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Propaganda_Game

Worth a gander

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Re: Largest town/hamlet without a chapel or church?
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2019, 06:46:24 PM »
I thought Pyongyang would be free of any publicly recognised buildings dedicated to Christian worship, but apparently there are a few...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changchung_Cathedral

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bongsu_Church

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilgol_Church

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Life-Giving_Trinity_(Pyongyang)

There is a doc on netflix about NK, he was brought to mass to prove that they allowed religion. Not one person involved knew the words.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Propaganda_Game

Worth a gander

All the Wiki articles I linked to mention that no serious religious practice, except probably surrounding the Juche ideology, takes place in these venues. But in the spirit of what wobbler suggested, they are passed off as Christian houses of worship in the Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox faiths.

In reality, pretty much anything that challenges Juche is severely oppressed in day to day life in North Korea, thus any mass or service is done "underground". Protestant sects are particularly cracked down on as the government see it being a sign of American influence. 
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