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Given the prohibition on entering a place of idol worship (Rambam, Peirush ha-Mishnayos, Avodah Zarah 1:3), when, if ever, is one permitted to visit a historical site that has been used as a place of idol worship in the past if it's no longer used as such?

Potentially relevant factors might be the extent to which the site is preserved (e.g. a fully standing church vs. the ruins of one) or the existence of religious symbols associated with idolatry (e.g. a pagan temple with statues of pagan gods vs. a place like Stonehenge which, while thought to have been used for religious purposes, bears no obvious indications of it)?

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Note there is a blessing to be recited over destroyed places of idol worship. (OC 224:2 IIRC) –  Double AA May 28 at 22:07
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Sources would be wonderful. –  Shmuel May 28 at 22:25
    
See similar judaism.stackexchange.com/a/37802/5488 –  user5488 May 28 at 22:34

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this is a mishna in Avoda Zarah 47b Shlosha batim hein, see also the mishna 41a Hamotzei Shivrei Tzlamim. one can assume that once they were destroyed the ovdei avoda zara were "mevatel" them.

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