|Describes the type of place where religious services are conducted.|
|Used on these elements|
|Documented values: 3|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
How to map
Use the tag place_of_worship=* on a closed way (area) drawn around the perimeter of a site (preferred), or on a 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.
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.
Note on creation
An alternative tagging scheme place_of_worship:type=* also exists but is not as widely used.