Church – it’s not just a building where you can come to pray or to baptize children. This building has long been a symbol of faith, a refuge for the suffering and the source of strength for those who strayed from the path. And in this world there are a lot of unusual churches. They differ from similar variety of factors: one is constructed of unusual materials, the other is the southernmost church in the world, and the third and all underground. Well, let’s look at the 11 most unusual churches of our planet.
1. Stavkirka in Borgunne (1180 – 1250), Laerdal, Norway.
It is a church or a house Weasley? The church was built in the period from 1180 till 1250’s. of long vertical wooden beams, which are called “puts”. In Norway, 28 more such stavkirok, of which this – the most well-preserved. Maybe the church still magical …
2. Church of Las Lajas (1949), Colombia.
La Lajas completed the building in 1949, and it rises from the bottom of the canyon at 90 meters. According to legend, in 1754, a mother and her deaf-mute daughter stuck in the canyon during a terrible storm. Then on the canyon wall to them was the image of the Virgin Mary, and a deaf-mute daughter suddenly exclaimed, “The Virgin Mary is calling me!” Since then, the canyon area reported several miraculous cures, and because church was built here.
3. Hallgrimskyrkja (1986), Reykjavik, Iceland.
Hallgrimskyrkja rises to 74 meters, making it the tallest building in Iceland. Its design should resemble the current lava eruption. The church has become one of the main attractions of Iceland. The church organ is 13 meters high and weighs over 25 tons.
4. Chapel of the Crown of Thorns (1980), Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The church was built in 1980. It rises 14 meters and has 625 windows. Used in its construction more than 557 sq.m. glass. Despite the relatively “young age”, this temple is already own achievements: it is the fourth in the list of the churches of the twentieth century with the best design.
5. Rock Church (1969), Helsinki, Finland.
This structure is called the “Church of Rock”, as it is built into the rock. Each year Temppeliaukio visited by more than half a million people, making it one of the most popular attractions in Helsinki. The structure is covered with a huge copper dome, which transmits natural light.
6. San Miguel del Fai (10th century), Catalonia, Spain.
This monastery was built in the tenth century, about 40 km from Barcelona, ??right in the caves of the cliff. However, they say that before becoming a monastery, this place was used in the IX century to conduct pagan rituals.
7. Holy Trinity Church (2004), Waterloo, Antarctica.
Ordered the construction of the church in the 1990s. Patriarch Alexy II. This is the southernmost Orthodox church in the world. Constantly there is at least one monk, a volunteer from the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Russia. Elevation Church – 13 meters. First, it was built in Russia, and then later moved to the Antarctic.
8. Meteors (XIV century), Thessaly, Greece.
Meteora monasteries were built high in the mountains of the Greek Orthodox monks who fled the Ottoman Turkish invaders. “Shooting Star” is translated as “in heaven” or “hung in the sky.” At first, for safety reasons, access to Meteora was only by rope ladders and networks that are dumped on top. Now for tourists cut steps in the rock.
9. Saint-Jean (XII century), wiping-sur-Dron, France.
It is the largest underground church in Europe – its main hall rises almost 18 meters. Carved directly into the limestone mountains and nestled beneath an ancient landslide of stones, the church has long remained unknown until it was opened again to the public in the 1950s. Inside is a series of pits and vaults in which the relics and heirlooms, including more than 80 stone sarcophagi.
10. Basilica of St. Pius X (1958), Lourdes, France.
Concrete Underground Basilica of St. Pius X has more than 180 m in length (more than two football fields) and can accommodate more than 24,000 people. It was built in the French city of Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary appeared to a local peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who later became a saint herself.
11. Temple of the Holy Family (1882-present. Time), Barcelona, ??Spain.
Designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi in 1883, the Temple of the Sagrada Familia built more than 130 years, and even with current technology will not be completed before 2026 – the centenary of the death of a Gaudi.