It does not matter what you believe in, when looked at through the eyes of architecture, all these magnificent structures are remarkable. The buildings stand strong since centuries immemorial. Built by through manual labour, one cannot believe the way the details on each buildings are done. It’s just amazing! Churches are globally known for their beauty, elegance and the finesse on the outside and peace and serenity on the inside. Down below are some of the most beautiful churches that you need to feast your eyes on.
1. Notre Dame de Paris
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The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris or Notre Dame de Paris (Meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris‘ in French) is a Gothic cathedral located in Paris, France. The sculptures and stained glass windows in The Notre Dame Cathedral, show the heavy influence of naturalism unlike the earlier Roman architecture. Back in 12th century, work began on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It took took 300 years to finally complete it. It is now one of the most prominent cathedrals in France and one of the oldest ones too.
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2. St. Peter’s Basilica
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The dome, designed in 1547 by Michelangelo, who first took under consideration another design for the same dome was constructed during the year 1506 and 1615. Rising to the total height of 136.57 meters (448.1ft) from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross, St. Peter’s is the tallest dome in the world. St. Peter’s Basilica is the most one of the famous monuments and also the most frequently visited monuments by tourists in the whole of Rome, in fact, the whole of Italy.
3. Saint Basil’s Cathedral
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Built on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s church is loacated in Moscow’s Red Square. This is a Russian orthodox church built from 1555 till 1561. This church marks the geometrical centre of Moscow and is an UNESCO recognised World Heritage site.
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4. St Paul’s Cathedral
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Situated at the top hill at the highest point in London, Church Of England Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of London. The original church on the site dates back to 604 AD was dedicated to Paul the Apostle. Receiving the same name as its predecessor, the current church is from the late 17th century.
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5. Sagrada Familia
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Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, this is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and it is incomplete till today. Although incomplete, the church is still a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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6. Saint Mark’s Basilica
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For lovers of history, Italy is the perfect destination with thousands of stories that are never ending. One such tourist attraction in Italy is St Mark’s Basilica. The place is called, the local community, Basilica di San Marco and is the most famous church in the city of Venice, Italy. This magnificent church is situated on the northern edge of St Mark’s Square and adjacent to the Doge’s Palace.
Churches stand for more than just a religious purpose, they also mark the beauty of architecture. Constituting of all kind of different styles of architecture, the above churches are marvels that we possess.
Let us know if you think of any other!