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A place of worship or house of worship is an establishment or other location where a group of people (a congregation) comes to perform acts of religious faith, honour, or devotion. The form and function of religious architecture has evolved over thousands of years for both changing beliefs and architectural style. The term temple is often used as a general term for any house of worship; but churches and mosques are not generally called temples.

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Names used for places of worship

Different religions have different names for their places of worship:

Bahá'í Faith

Buddhism

Christianity

Greek Religions

[[File:Great Mosque of Kairouan prayer hall.jpg|thumb|250px|Prayer hall of the Mosque of Uqba also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia.]]

Hinduism

Islam

  • MosqueIslam (also referred to by its Arabic name: Masjid).

Jainism

Judaism

  • SynagogueJudaism
    • Some synagogues, especially Orthodox synagogues, are called temples, but Reform and Conservative Judaism consider this inappropriate as they do not consider synagogues a replacement for the Temple in Jerusalem. Some Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations use the term 'shul' to describe their place of worship.

Roman Religions

Norse Paganism

Shinto

Sikhism

Taoism

Zoroastrianism

Vietnamese ancestral worship

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