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Describes the type of place where religious services are conducted. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: religion
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 4
Useful combination
Status: in use

This tag further describes the type of amenity=place_of_worship.

How to map

Use the tag place_of_worship=* on a closed way (area) area drawn around the perimeter of a site (preferred), or on a node node placed at the centre point of a site. If place of worship is not already enclosed inside an amenity=place_of_worship area, then add amenity=place_of_worship to the feature.


Some of the most commonly used values for this tag are given below.

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Notes on usage

The use of building types as a value for this tag (e.g. "church", "chapel", "mosque") is not currently approved or widely used. These values are generally associated with the buildings themselves, rather than the amenity. For example, a church building still being used as a church is generally tagged as amenity=place_of_worship, building=church and a church building now turned into apartments is tagged as building=church, building:use=apartments.

However, this does leave open the question of how to tag a "church" located inside a non-church building. The amenity=place_of_worship documentation currently recommends using the keys religion=*, denomination=* and service_times=* to add more detailed information about the amenity. This place_of_worship=* tag allows one to specify that usage.

For places of worship that are in a building type that matches the amenity, e.g. amenity=place_of_worship, building=church, it is unclear if there is any benefit adding place_of_worship=church.

Note on creation

This key has not been formally approved. However, the place_of_worship=holy_well tag was approved in March 2021 followed by the approval of place_of_worship=mass_rock in April 2021.

An alternative tagging scheme place_of_worship:type=* also exists but is not as widely used.

See also