Wikipedia:Naming conventions (architecture)

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This page is a complement to Wikipedia's naming conventions, not a replacement. Always consider Wikipedia:Naming conventions when naming a page.

Naming convention[edit]

Common name should be used, plus the town/city/administrative division or country where necessary.



Towers should be named after their common name (Leaning Tower of Pisa)

Places of worship (churches, monasteries, cathedrals, abbeys)[edit]

  • Places of worship should be named by most commonly known name in English. (Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, formally known as the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, known on the English speaking ground like this).
If there is no English name by which the church is commonly known, (mostly regarding places of worship out of English speaking ground), then this order should be used:
  • The words Church, Monastery, Cathedral, Abbey should be with capital letter. (St. John's Church, NOT St. John's church)
For landmarks & geographical names however often the abbreviation is used (e.g. St. Augustine, Florida in the US, but in the UK without dot: St Albans; If no "local variety" of English can be defined, of course again non-abbreviated: Saint Petersburg for the Russian town). [2]
  • Dot (.) after St (St.) should be always used.
  • When there are a lot of churches or monasteries under the same dedication, that addition that mark the location should be used without brackets and with comma (St. Mark's Church, Zagreb, St. Mark's Church, Belgrade, NOT: "St. Mark's Church Belgrade" AND NOT: "St. Mark's Church (Belgrade)")



  • An alternative convention is to use Light instead of Lighthouse. There is no established convention as to whether one is preferred over the other, or whether they should vary on a case-by-case basis based on usage in souces.


Landmarks should follow the same conventions as all other buildings, written above.


Wikipedia:Naming conventions (people) is used completely as guide to write Architects names.

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