I've been thinking about the splendour of churches - it is a fact that the Orthodox and Catholic faiths have a very rich decoration and one who is from another faith might ask - why do you have to spend so much money on that instead of, e.g. - feeding the poor or something else? Well.. It's a tough question and I've already answered to people asking about that - I think it's all about the traditions. Long history and suitable conditions made it possible marvellous pieces of art to be created by people of both religions - and each better than the previous. People would compete to create something beautiful because it's been part of their understanding and love of God to create splendid temples. History has always known twisted stories about greed, but hey - it's everywhere. Average people - at least in my country Bulgaria - would love to spend their money or labour to built a new chapel, or when in a church, to donate something, even if they don't have much money to spend.
So we should understand the beauty of such places and know their value in time. Like this one on the picture? Isn't it beautiful? :)