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Top 10 Most Famous Churches in the World

There are many churches dotted all over the world that are extravagant works of art, beautiful attractions as well as spiritual places. We’ve done some research to compile a list of the Top 10 Most Famous Churches globally.

Located in some of the most popular cities worldwide, these are a must see! Check them out…

1. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain 

A large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Construction began in 1882 and it is incomplete till today. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

2. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Located in Moscow’s Red Square, this is a Russian Orthodox church built from 1555 till 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. St. Basil’s marks the geometric center of Moscow and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site

3. Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France 

The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Europe. The cathedral’s dramatic towers, spire and impressive stained glass produce a truly unique cathedral. The Notre Dame was the heart of medieval Paris and took over a century to complete

4. St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy

Constructed during the years 1506 and 1615. The dome itself was designed in 1547 by Michelangelo. The dome of St. Peter’s rises to a total height of 136.57 meters (448.1 ft) from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross. It is the tallest dome in the world and the basilica is one of the most famous and visited monuments in Rome and Italy.

5. Westminster Abbey, London, England

Part of the iconic London skyline is the Westminster Abbey. A large Gothic church located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom. It was built in the 10th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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6. St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England

A Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. It sits at the top a hill at the highest point in London. The original church on this site dates back to 604 AD, and it was dedicated to Paul the Apostle. The current church is from the late 17th century, and it received the same name as its predecessor.

7. Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Holy Land

A basilica located in Bethlehem, the church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena. It is built over the site that is still traditionally considered to be the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Holy Land

Also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection, it is a church within the Christian Quarter of the old city of Jerusalem. The site is located on the Hill of Calvary (Golgotha) where Jesus was believed to be crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). For many Christians the site is the most important pilgrimage destination since even before the 4th century

9. Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy 

The most famous of Venice’s churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It is one of the icons of the city and the destination of every tourist in Venice. It was constructed in 1650.

10. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey 

A former Greek Orthodox patriarchal church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum in1935 as it still is today.

And there you have it, the top 10 most famous churches in the world! What’s even better is that we’re checking some of these off the list as part of our pilgrimage itineraries.

If you’d like to visit any of these magnificent churches why not join a Joe Walsh Tours pilgrimage… If you’d like some further information or would like to organise your own group tour, get in touch with our team today. We can put together a bespoke itinerary to best suit your needs.

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Posted 19/12/2019