Weekly photo challenge: Illumination – the largest diocese, Gibraltar
Wandering down Main Street early one morning, I took a piccy of one of the local churches.
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity to be precise, the Church of England Cathedral which is never as busy as the Catholic one down the street, which, as Gib is largely Roman Catholic, is hardly surprising.
But read on,
The Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, also called simply the Diocese in Europe, is geographically the largest diocese of the Church of England and arguably the largest diocese in the Anglican Communion, covering some one-sixth of the Earth’s landmass, including Morocco, Europe (excluding the British Isles but including Iceland), Turkey and the territory of the former Soviet Union.
The Diocese of Gibraltar was created on 29 September 1842 and at that time covered all Anglican chaplaincies from Portugal to the Caspian Sea. On 30 June 1980, the diocese was amalgamated with the Jurisdiction of North and Central Europe (exercised by the Bishop of London through the Suffragan Bishop of Fulham) and renamed the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. It is divided into seven archdeaconries.
• Eastern Archdeaconry, consisting of: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
• Archdeaconry of France (including Monaco).
• Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, consisting of: Andorra, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.
• Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe, consisting of: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.
• Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta.
• Archdeaconry of Northwest Europe, consisting of: Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
• Archdeaconry of Switzerland.
Just, amazing! Text totally from Wiki. But who would think somewhere as tiny as Gibraltar would be so important in religious terms?