I have travelled a lot, and when I travel I tend to visit old churches. I have definitely seen my fair share of old churches in not only Europe but also my own continent. I ran across this quote in a book I'm reading. The character visits the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, I wanted to see it on my trip there last winter but there wasn't time. However the description is true of most large, old, impressive churches:
"And this morning of snow he found it deserted, or seemingly so, and somehow colder than the street. There was a fog here, a cloud, of sound; the tiniest echoes, set moving by any movement, seemed to stir ceaselessly among the columns and across the stone floor."
-- from Spook Country by William Gibson