The earliest identified Christian church is a house church founded between 233 and 256.

From the 11th through the 14th centuries there was a wave of church construction in Western Europe.

Individual churches were designed and built was different in different regions, and sometimes differed from church to church in the same region and within the same historic period.

Factors affecting the architecture of churches--

-Nature of the local community.

-Location in city.

-Whether the church was an abbey church, collegiate church, patronage of a bishop, etc.

Churches built until the second world war are about 90% wooden except medieval constructions.

During the Middle Ages all wooden churches in Norway were constructed in the stave church technique.

when the construction of new (or replacement of old) churches was resumed, wood was still the dominant material but the log technique became dominant.

In Ukraine, wood church constructions originate from the introduction of Christianity and continued to be widespread.

Church architecture varies depending on both the sect of the faith, as well as the geographical location.

Types of Regional church architecture--

1-American church architectur

2-English church architecture

3-Wallachian church architecture.

4-Far Eastern church.

A common architecture for churches is the shape of a cross

These churches also often have a dome or other large vaulted space in the interior.

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Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia is a famous and characteristic example of a Russian Orthodox Church building.