At present there are about 37 million churches on the planet and there is no lack of beautiful churches like “heaven on earth”, becoming an ideal tourist destination, attracting many tourists to admire. Here is a list of 10 famous churches around the world.
1. Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher
This church is also called the place of the Risen Lord because it is believed that it was built on the very land where Jesus was crucified and risen. The church is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and was built by the first generation of Christians. Today the Holy Sepulcher is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Jerusalem and is a place of profound religious significance.
2. Church of God Christmas
The Bethlehem-Palestinian Christmas Church is one of the oldest churches still operating in the world. This is where Jesus Christ was born, so it is also considered to be the holiest place on earth. The church was built in 327 by St. Helena, burned in the 6th century and finally restored and preserved in 527. Today, the church is recognized as World Cultural Heritage .
3. St. Andrew’s Cathedral Sophia
Located in the heart of Ukraine’s capital Kiev, St. Sophia Cathedral is known as one of the world’s most beautiful ancient churches. The church was designed by famous architect Octaviano Mancini. The name of the church ‘Sophia’ in Greek means wisdom. In 1990, UNESCO recognized St. Sophia Cathedral as the World Heritage Site of Ukraine.
4. Westminster Abbey
This famous cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings in London. The Westminster Palace and the Thames are all located near the monastery. In addition, the beautiful Gothic architecture of the monastery makes this place a popular tourist destination of travelers around the world. Most of the Kings and Queens were buried at the church. In addition, the great heroes who contributed to the nation are also honored to be buried there.
5. Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame de Paris is considered to be the heart of Paris and is also the site of some of the most unique ancient architecture in the world. Notre Dame Cathedral is a Catholic church that represents the Gothic style of Paris. It welcomes millions of Catholics and visitors every year and explores the sacred features of this place.
6. St. Basil’s Cathedral Peter
St. Peter’s Basilica is a Vatican monument, located in the heart of Rome. It is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, built by leading architects in the world such as Donato Bramante, Antonio Bordiani, Michelangelo … Basilica of St. Peter built on the Renaissance architecture and the largest church on the planet with an area of 15,160 m2.
7. Borgund Stave Church
It is one of the oldest preserved wooden churches in Norway, located in the village of Borgund. This wooden church dates from the Middle Ages meaningful to the world. Today Borgund’s wooden churches are used as a museum, one of the country’s most important and fascinating monuments. The rocky foundation has kept the church alive today.
8. St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most famous churches in the world located at the south of Red Square, near the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. The masterpiece of the talented architect, Postnik Yakovlev, looks magnificent from the outside and resembles a castle in a Russian fairytale. Today it has become one of the most popular attractions, the symbol of Moscow and Russia.
9. Church of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s iconic buildings. The cathedral was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi with the architecture combining traditional Gothic and modern Art Nouveau. In particular, the church was started construction in 1882 but so far not completed. The work is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
10. Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia
The Roman Catholic Cathedral was built between the slopes of Guitara Canyon, in southern Colombia. The church was built to commemorate the appearance of the virgin Mary on a rock inside this place.
The church was built from 1916 to 1944 using revived gothic style. Las Lajas Road is a popular tourist and pilgrimage site dating back to the 18th century.