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Light's Hope Chapel after its expansion.

Churches or chapels are places of worship where the devoted followers of the Church of the Holy Light can practice their faith and perform spiritual rituals.

First War

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Housed here were the holy men of Azeroth, as the church provided a place for them to commune with the people of the land. This was the only place where clerics would come together for their ceremonies, and many could be recruited here to assist in ridding the land of the hellspawned Orcs. A tithe had to be made to the church for their services in order that new clerics could be trained, and other sites made sacred. A Church had to be built entirely of a rare wood known as Holyoak, hence a lumber mill had to be active to specially cut and prepare this sacred wood. Also, clerics continued training here to increase their understandings of the spiritual forces. When they were enlightened by a new revelation, the kernel of that knowledge was sown among all followers of the faith, and it blossomed into the minds of all clerics throughout the lands.[1]

Second War

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Churches were places of worship where the citizens of Lordaeron seeked spiritual enlightenment. Once led by devout clerics, churches now depended on paladins to minister to the masses in this time of war. It was in these places for healing and serenity that the holy warriors gathered to deepen their faith. Through meditating, communing and tithing at these sanctified sites, paladins discovered new ways to channel their healing and spiritual powers.[2]

Third War

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Their function was replaced by the Arcane Sanctums, which took over the training of priests. Paladins were also a hero unit now and couldn't be trained as normal military units anymore.

Churches and cathedrals could still be seen as background objects during several missions in Lordaeron.

World of Warcraft

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Churches or chapels can be found all throughout Azeroth and beyond. While a few chapels have been abandoned or destroyed, some still remain intact. Most chapels are located in Lordaeron, with only two located in Azeroth. The most famous church is Light's Hope Chapel in Eastern Plaguelands.

Abbeys are more uncommon, with the most famous of them being Northshire Abbey and the two others being in Scarlet Crusade territories.

Cathedrals are bigger religious buildings, serving as the central church for major cities. Most cathedrals are situated in human lands but that is not always true - the ancient night elven city that became Sargeron had a cathedral named after Elune, and Suramar City had the Cathedral of Eternal Night. Shattrath was described as a cathedral city,[3] and the city of Telmor also had a smaller cathedral.[4] Finally, Capital City had its own cathedral, where Jaina Proudmoore and Arthas Menethil met for the first time.[5]

Churches in Lordaeron

Churches in Azeroth

Churches in Outland

Churches in Northrend

Churches in the Great Sea

See also