When you visit multicultural and -national big cities, it often becomes apparent to me how churches of different religions seem to compete on beautiness, height, materials used like gold or colourful windows.
Historically, has this strong and expensive highlighting of churches rather have been a matter of strategic advertising and competition among different religions in the same region or do we see not much beautiful and expensive churches in religions with less financial means like, e.g. the Catholic church. I have seen very beautiful and big Indian churches in Dublin, so I doubt this. How big has this self-advertising historically been and developed over the centuries, did this start after the crusades of the Catholic church? Have their been even policies by the Pope to erect only beautiful churches worldwide?
In Germany we had some scandals among bishops spending far too much on churches and their private domiciles.