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Public-images-osm logo.svg building = church
Heinävesi Church 5.jpg
A building that was built as a church. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Area building=yes.png
Group: Buildings
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: de facto

A building that was built as a  church. It includes cases where building is no longer used for original purpose.

Note that some places regularly used as a place of Christian worship were not constructed as churches and may not qualify for this tag; for example, an adapted residential building used as a meeting place for a congregation.

How to map

Draw as an area along the building outline. In cases where it is impossible one may use a node instead.

Tag it with building=church.

Tags to use in combination

  • name=* - The primary name: in general, the most prominent signposted name or the most common name in the local language(s).
  • amenity=place_of_worship (if still used as place of worship)
  • building:use=* - useful to record current building use, especially if it is no longer religious
  • religion=* - Defines the specific religion.
  • denomination=* - Defines the subspecies of a specific religion.
  • building:architecture=* - Architectural style of a building
  • Address - "addr" is the prefix for several addr:* keys to describe addresses.
  • opening_hours=* - Describes when something is open or closed. There is a specific standard format for this data.
  • wheelchair=* - Indicate if a special place can be used with wheelchairs.
  • website=* - Specifying the link to the official website for a feature.

Rendering in OSM Carto

building=church renders like any other building=* type:

building=church + amenity=place_of_worship renders darker than other building=* types:

Similar tags

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