Some of these temples were built several centuries ago, others are creations of modern architects. For the realization of some ideas that took decades or even centuries. Another required only a few years. All these buildings are united by one thing – their architecture is unique, and it attracts millions of people, regardless of beliefs.
Photo Vide presents you some of the most outstanding in terms of architecture places of worship around the world.
Cathedral of Milan, Italy
This Gothic cathedral – the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Late gothic marvel that contains a forest of steeples and sculptures, marble pointed turrets and towers. To complete the construction, it took more than 500 years.
Holy Trinity Church, Antarctica
Russian Orthodox Church was built in Russia in the 1990s, and then was transported to the Russian station in Antarctica. This is one of the seven churches in its territory.
Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
It is a sacred place for Buddhists is at an altitude of 3120 meters. Its name was translated as “tiger’s nest.”
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, United Arab Emirates
The mosque can accommodate about 40,000 worshipers, has 82 domes and 1,000 columns. And here is the biggest carpet in the world.
Lutheran Church in Reykjavik – the fourth tallest building in Iceland. It is located in the center of Reykjavik and is visible from any part of the city.
Temple of all religions, Kazan, Russia
This unique construction miraculously combines the Christian cross, the Muslim crescent, Star of David and the Chinese dome. However, no ceremonies are not performed, because it is not functioning temple, just the building, inside like a house. Total project includes the dome and other symbolic elements of religious buildings 16 world religions, including lost civilizations.
Lotus Temple, India
For residents of India lotus symbolizes the purity and peace. This is one of the most visited buildings in the world.
Kul-Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia
The designers of a new mosque tried to recreate the main mosque of the Kazan Khanate, destroyed in 1552 by troops of Ivan the Terrible.
Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia
Neo-Gothic church was built directly on the 30-meter arch bridge connecting the two sides of the ravine. Care of the temple are two Franciscan communities: one – the Colombian and the other – Ecuadorian. Thus, Las Lajas Cathedral became a pledge of peace and union between the two South American nations.
Kamppi Chapel, Finland
It is intended for solitude and meetings. Service in the chapel are not held. Where you can escape from the hustle and bustle, enjoy the tranquility in one of the busiest places in the capital and meditate in a clean space. Because of the appearance and materials chapel of silence is often called “sauna spirit.”
Church of the Assumption, Slovenia
The church is located on the only island in the whole of Slovenia. To get inside, you need to cross the lake by boat and climb the 99 steps.
Cadet Chapel Air Force Academy, United States
The unique design of the chapel is a classic example of modernist architecture. The grand interior united under one roof several different areas of worship, including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapel. Each of them has its own distinctive symbols, ammunition and private access.
Church AEP, Philippines
This is one of the few remaining churches in the Baroque style.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Australia
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – the tallest and largest church in Australia.
Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi, Russia
The church was built in the tradition of Russian carpentry, ie without nails. It is topped with 22 domes, and its height – 37 meters.
Green church, Argentina
The most common Catholic Church became famous thanks to the rich decor of the living ivy, turning facade in allusion to the biblical Garden of Gethsemane.
St. Andrew’s Church, Ukraine
The church is located on a steep hill overlooking a beautiful view of Kiev. According to legend, it was built on the site where St. Andrew cross set. This is just one of the many legends that shrouded St. Andrew’s Church.
California Mormon Temple, United States
The huge building is in dazzling white. And this color scheme is not accidental, because white is traditionally perceived as a symbol of purity and innocence. Inside of the Mormon Temple and just curious tourists not allowed to enter the premises of the sacred structures may only members of the community.
Crystal Mosque, Malaysia
It is located on an artificial island. The mosque is made of steel and glass, so it feels like it is a crystal.
Dutch Reformed Church, South Africa
The church is located in the heart of the city, and is the fourth church built on this site. He is considered one of the finest examples of early Gothic architecture in South Africa.
Taung Kalat Monastery, Myanmar
Taung Kalat Monastery is located on the top of a volcanic plug that rises to 737 meters above the surrounding neighborhoods near the extinct volcano of Mount Popa. By the monastery are exactly 777 steps, and those who reached the top are rewarded magnificent views. Taung Kalat mountain known among the local population as the abode of spirits. People believe that in the depths of an extinct volcano spirits inhabit dozens of so-called garnets.
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
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It was built in 1555-1561 years by order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the victory over the Kazan Khanate. According to legend, the king ordered to blind the architects so that they could not build more of this temple.
Borgund Stave Church, Norway
This church, built around 1180, is one of the most famous wooden churches of Norway.
Sagrada Familia, Spain
Church in Barcelona, which is based on private donations since 1882, is the famous Gaudi. The unusual appearance of the temple made him one of the main attractions of Barcelona. However, due to the complexity of making stone cathedral designs manage to finish no earlier than 2026.