Yes, atheists do visit churches, in case you were wondering. Let’s face it, churches can be full of interesting stuff, much like you might expect an ancient Roman or Greek temple to be. And anyway, if you’re traveling around Spain, churches are probably the most numerous of all the monuments you can visit, which makes them rather hard to avoid. As you can see from this photo of the base of a column in the Cathedral of Antequera in Andalusia, there was much more than art on display this time.
This particular ammonite fossil had to make do with a pretty inconspicuous place on the floor, but it still got a lot of attention from parents pointing it out to their kids.
Thankfully, your average Catholic is open minded enough not to believe that the earth is 6000 years old, I thought. Then another thought occurred to me: how funny it would have been had that slab of marble found its way into a Creationist church! Oh sweet, sweet irony!