"The interior was currently being decorated with vivid murals of native religious motifs."
-Poul Anderson, Operation Luna (New York, 2000), p. 78.
"Though Catholicism had had considerable influence, the local faith was so firmly rooted that missionary efforts to replace it had, shall I say, petered out." (ibid.)
Might you also say that they palled?
This prompts reflection on buildings used for different purposes over the decades or centuries:
I think that there is a building out East that has been successively a temple, a church and a mosque;
Preston City Church has become Preston City Mosque;
a church in Merseyside became a Salvation Army citadel;
many former churches are put to secular uses including, in Lancaster, an Indian restaurant;
just across the Bay from Lancaster, Conishead Priory, on the site of a former Augustinian hospital and Priory, has been a private residence, a miner' convalescent home and a military hospital and is now a Buddhist Centre;
at Conishead, an indoor "folly" is designed as a chapel and called the Chapel but has never been consecrated or used as a chapel.
The next post will be more to the point.