Proposed features/Place of Worship

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Josy
Tagging: amenity=place_of_worship
Rendered as: Can be area in addition to node
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 2007-03-27


Churches are usually big buildings. Therefore I propose that the map feature (amenity=place_of_worship) may also be used in conjunction with an area.


The map feature for a Place of Worship (amenity=place_of_worship) is used to mark churches. However currently this map feature may only be applied to a node.


The area should become colored in a color used for buildings (e.g. gray). In the middle of the area the same icon for church as currently applied to a node marked with (amenity=place_of_worship) should be shown. See also Tag:amenity=place_of_worship.


  • Currently I stick POW on a node, and building=yes on the area, but it would be nice to link to the two and extend it to areas as well as a node, in case people want to render the building itself as the POW rather than just the node. So I agree. Ben. 15:32, 27 March 2007 (BST)
I also agree, the Cathedral in St_Albans is really more than a little church symbol, and I'd prefer to see it rendered in quite a dark grey or even black. TomChance 09:36, 29 March 2007 (BST)
We could perhaps do with some stuff for indicating cathedrals (as opposed to parish churches), anyways, aside from area support... Morwen 09:40, 29 March 2007 (BST)
  • Yes, I think this and the general idea that most amenity types (car parks, police stations, bus stations, hospitals ...) should be applicable as both nodes (for small locations and/or coarse-grained mapping) and areas (for large features and/or detailed mapping) is a Good Thing. Care needs to be taken as to whether this should apply just to the church building or to the grounds. MikeCollinson 21:12, 22 April 2007 (BST)
  • PS, For many older christian churches in Europe that are surrounded by burials, using landuse=cemetary for the surrounding churchyard renders very nicely. MikeCollinson 08:13, 11 June 2007 (BST)

Would "building=place_of_worship" perhaps be better? --Hawke 00:42, 15 June 2007 (BST)

  • Indeed, and that already renders on both maps. I think the way to deal with the node/building relationship is via a Relation. The same issue arises over schools, farms and a number of other objects. David.earl 19:32, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
  • Yes, I would agree that some thought needs to go in to the grounds surrounding places of worship - I have come across several churches that have significant amounts of land around them that are part of their grounds. Franc 11:01, 2 January 2008 (UTC)