A church building or church house, often simply called a church, is a building used for Christian religious activities, particularly for worship services. The term in its architectural sense is most often used by
Towers or domes are often added with the intention of directing the eye of the viewer towards the
The earliest identified Christian church was a
In standard Greek usage, the older word "ecclesia" (ἐκκλησία, ekklesía, literally "assembly", "congregation", or the place where such a gathering occurs) was retained to signify both a specific edifice of Christian worship (a "
church"), and the overall community of the faithful (
the "Church"). This usage was also retained in