Who hasn’t been captivated by the magnificent architecture of a church? It’s because beside of being a place of prayers, some churches still remain splendid over time even when it’s been decades since its construction. Even the most remarkable castles have been compared with them because of their beauty.
We’ve brought together 7 of the most iconic churches around the world that are worth visiting and you must know about them.
From a peculiar sanctuary with the form of a pipe organ in Iceland to an unusual church with dragon heads onto its roof in Norway, let’s see which of these extraordinary buildings impressed you more.
Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
The basilica, located in the Vatican, is recognized for being a pilgrimage spot because is where the pope seats on. It was built by Michelangelo who designed the church in the form of a three-aisle Latin cross, with a dome situated over the high altar, an alluring structure, which is built on top of Saint Peter the Apostle’s shrine.
Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island, Russia
Residents consider the church as a world wonder due to the fact it was extraordinarily built without any nails along Lake Onega on the Russian Island of Kizhi.
History tells that the holy place was constructed on the site of a former wooden church that burned down when it was hit by lightning in 1693. In the past, it was used as a place of church service during the summer, when people would travel from the mainland to the islands.
Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
The elegant basilica, which was made to look like two hands reaching up to heaven, was designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The Cathedral of Brasília is made up of 16 concrete columns, each weighing 90 tons.
Tourists enter to the church by walking through a dark tunnel which would take them to the interior of the place.
Only the cathedral’s beautiful glass roof and bell tower are above ground, everything else is underground.
Karlskirche, Vienna, Austria
The end of the last black plague was marked by the construction of Karlkirche, also known as Saint Charles Church, in the early 18th century. It is named after the Roman emperor who authorized its construction and its style is a combination of Renaissance, Byzantine, and Baroque.
The church’s altar details show angels and bursting rays of sun.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
The unfinished sanctuary started its construction in the late 1800s, and its current goal is to erect six more towers by 2026, which is the year of the 100th anniversary of the cathedral’s architect, Antoni Gaudí.
If the goal is reached by 2026, the cathedral will be completed and it will rise 564 feet and have a total of 18 towers, making it the tallest religious building in Europe.
Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal, Norway
Borgund was raised during the Medieval Period when a series of churches made of timber were erected. Being the only one that remains over the 28 that were built, its mystical look is what made of the church a peculiar one. It’s also the outstanding features onto its roof with the form of dragon heads what catch the attention.
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavic, Iceland
Hallgrímskirkja’s church is fairly young because it was finished in 1986. The eccentric pipe organ aspect (close to 50 feet tall and weighs a whopping 25 tons.), besides its unique, minimal design makes the tower visible from anywhere in Reykjavic and is also considered to be the city’s primary landmark.