How to Draw a Church

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A church is a building used for religious activities, typically by a Christian denomination. Many traditional churches are laid out in the shape of a cross. As you can see from this drawing guide, several sections of the church jut out in different directions, forming the four-pointed shape.

Another common feature of many churches is the steeple, a tower with a spire or cone at its top. Modern steeples can be traced to ancient fertility worship, which involved towers or poles. During the third century C.E., a cross was added to the top of an Egyptian obelisk, "thus combining the two meanings" and becoming the first modern steeple used by the Roman Catholic Church. Today, this obelisk is located in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

The word "church" is derived from a Greek word meaning "belonging or pertaining to the Lord." Churches can be large or small, simple or elaborate. The earliest known church identified as such was a "house church" or "home church" - a private dwelling used for meetings of worship. The term "church" is sometimes extended to mean the community of worshipers, not just the building in which they worship.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Church

How to Draw Church: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing three straight lines, as if drawing an incomplete square. This forms the front section of the church. Then, draw an inverted "V" shaped line at the top of the shape to form the roof. Next, draw another "V" shaped line parallel to the first. Connect them using short, straight lines.

How to Draw Church: Step 2

2. Draw the church steps. Draw three narrow rectangles at the base of the building, each a bit longer than the one above it.

How to Draw Church: Step 3

3. Draw three straight, vertical lines on top of the steps. The central line should be taller than the rest. This will form the church doors. Connect the lines at the top using an inverted "V" shaped line. Draw another "V" shaped line above the first, and connect them using short, straight lines. Draw two small ovals at the center of the central line to indicate the door handles.

How to Draw Church: Step 4

4. Draw windows in the church. Enclose two narrow shapes, using a curved line for the top and sides and a straight line for the bottom. Then, draw a straight, vertical line and several straight, horizontal lines through each to indicate the panes.

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How to Draw Church: Step 5

5. Draw the church steeple. Use three straight lines to enclose a rectangle shape on top of the building. Then, draw a triangle at the top.

How to Draw Church: Step 6

6. Draw a window on the steeple, again using a curved and straight line. Draw the panes using vertical and horizontal lines. Draw a cross on top, outlining a shape like a lowercase letter "t."

How to Draw Church: Step 7

7. Expand the building. Use straight lines to draw a rectangle shape to one side. Draw a straight line parallel to the bottom to indicate the foundation. Above the rectangle, draw the roof by enclosing half a trapezoid.

How to Draw Church: Step 8

8. Expand the building on the opposite side. Again, use straight lines to enclose a rectangle. Draw a horizontal straight line at its base. Then, complete the trapezoid that represents the roof.

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How to Draw Church: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to enclose narrow windows on the sides of the building. Draw a cross, like a letter "t," on each corner of the roof.

How to Draw Church: Step 10

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