30+ Breathtaking Pictures of Churches Around the World That You Must See

September 14, 2012 · 12 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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Jesus Christ was born in a manger or a shed where animals were kept. When he grew up, he led a very humble life. He did not wear any jewelry nor did he frequent the pompous palaces of kings and princes. He preached everywhere in every town and village around Galilee, Cana, Jericho and Capernaum. He did not choose the places to go nor the people to be with. Any place was in fact alright for him to preach the gospel and spread the Good News about the Kingdom. But alas, Jesus Christ had many followers who choose not to emulate his simplicity but instead built magnificent buildings to worship God.

Right now, there are thousands of churches around the world whose architectural design ranges from simple minimalist structures to superbly intricate designs that you’ll never think ancient architects can do. Some of these churches stood magnificently for hundreds of years since they were built. Even with today’s standards these churches still baffle modern architects and designers. Their works are considered as immortal marvels of human genius. Indeed it is very hard to think how they were able to make such extremely detailed and complicated patterns in perfect geometric shapes without the aid of modern technology. Back then, they did not have AutoCAD, 3ds Max modeling nor Photoshop that could have made their designing job easier. Yet, their works are masterpieces of art that stood the test of time for centuries.

Let’s go now and check these truly breathtaking churches and be fascinated with their look. Some of these have modern designs while most are from the medieval period. Anyway, we admit that this list is not complete. We know that there are still other churches around the world which are truly remarkable and as such worthy to be included here. If you know any, please write their links in the comments below. We will be more than happy to include them in a future update of this post if it needs be.  This is just a very short list so, there are still breathtaking pictures of churches around the world that must be put in here. We will also be glad if you will share this to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Stumble, Digg or Google +1. Also if you run a church website please let us know if you showcase photos of your church online. We hope that this article can lighten up your day as you go on with your daily tasks. Happy viewing!


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1. Devon Church

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Etrusia UK

2. St. Ludmila Church

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Photography by Theass

Beautiful Church

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Photography by densss

Catedral de Las Lajas – Colombia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Jungle Boy

2. St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Erik Charlton

3. La Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut – France

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Photo used under Creative Commons from jimgrant

4. St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome, Italy

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Blog For Photos

5. Notre Dame De Montreal – Canada

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Photo used under Creative Commons from wallyg

6. Garden Grove – Crystal Cathedral

crystal-cathedral
Photo used under Creative Commons from Amir Nejad

7. La Sagrada Familia Cathedral – Barcelona, Spain

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Photo used under Creative Commons from chrisjfry

8. Hallgrimskirkja – Reykjavik, Iceland

halgrimskirkja
Photo used under Creative Commons from dvdhaven

9. St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church – Chicago, USA

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Zol87

10. Borgund Stave Church – Norway

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Photo used under Creative Commons from (rinse)

11. Catedral de La Plata – Argentina

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Photo used under Creative Commons from cabeza de cerezå

12. Chesme Church – Russia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from patrick.parrish

13. Slovak Catholic Church of the Transfiguration – Ontario, Canada

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Lone Primate

14. Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Photo used under Creative Commons from calflier001

15. Basilica de Higuey – Dominican Republic

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Fernando Rossi

16. Grundtvig Memorial Church – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Photo used under Creative Commons from seier+seier

17. Steinhausen Church – Germany

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Photo used under Creative Commons from kadj

18. Strasbourg.Cathedral – France

strasbourg-cathedral
Photo used under Creative Commons from frankartculinary

19. Riddarholm Church – Sweden

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Photo used under Creative Commons from archer10 (Dennis) OFF

20. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Talinn, Estonia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Claudio.Ar

21. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood – Russia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from On The Go Tours

22. Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) – Germany

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Photo used under Creative Commons from wilhelmja

23. Dark Duomo – Milan, Italy

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Stuck in Customs

24. First Lutheran Church – Oklahoma City, USA

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Photo used under Creative Commons from tomfs

25. St Mary’s Church – Oxfordshire, UK

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Cycling man

26. St. Augustine Catholic Church – Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Storm Crypt

27. Brasilia Cathedral – Brazil

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Xavier Donat

28. First Baptist Church – Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Kwong Yee Cheng

29. Catedral Metropolitana – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Photo used under Creative Commons from Rodrigo_Soldon

30. Mykonos Paraportiani Church – Greece

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Photo used under Creative Commons from MarcelGermain

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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Rina November 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I love churches. But it’s not possible for me to go around the world and see all the churches.the pictures are awsome,fantastic, admirable and prayerful.its a pleasure to have these photos with me.i showed to my parents and they are very happy

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Prem Prakash Guria. October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thanks for the page. I could see many awesome churches! Though I will not be able to visit any of these churches in my lifetime, I will surely share the page and the links to my friend and atleast make them visit( those able to). I showed it to my parents and they were just WOW!!!!

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Box of Hearts April 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

These are amazing! I Would love to visit some of these spectacular places!!

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luchosar April 8, 2012 at 1:38 am

Maravilloso…un abrazo desde Colombia

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Coleen November 17, 2011 at 12:03 am

Beautiful imagery; but I don’t understand the tone of your opening paragraph. If Jesus is God, omnipotent and omniscient, everything He did, and the people He chose to follow Him was deliberate. :) And if Jesus is God, these human pieces of beautiful architecture are a tribute and an act of worship for Him, an attempt to mirror the greatness and beauty of a man who is also God. It isn’t contrary in the least – it’s an attempt to draw the eye upward.

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Tessie November 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

Dear Sonny Day,
I love traveling and praying that before I retire I can visit all these churches.
Proud to say I visited the church from Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Thanks for sharing.

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Sonny M. Day November 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

Hi Tessie!
It’s good to know that you have already visited St. Augustine Catholic Church in Paoay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is just one of the churches built by the Filipinos under the direction of Spaniards during their 300-year rule of the Philippines. Hope you can visit all of these churches. :)

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Gash Asne October 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

really amazing images … have seen the collection comprises pics from all over the world except Africa … hope next time you will definitely include the 11 rock hewen churches from Lalibela Ethiopia and many many more …

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Sonny M. Day October 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I agree with you Gash! I’ve checked Lalibela, Ethiopia and found that it has lots of amazing rock-hewn churches. Anyway, we will just get them covered soon. Thanks you so much for the idea!

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Sonny M. Day October 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I agree with you Gash! I’ve checked Lalibela, Ethiopia and found that it has lots of amazing rock-hewn churches. Anyway, we will just get them covered soon. Thank you so much for the idea!

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bycostello October 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

amazing images

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adam October 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Wow! I’ve been to a few of these and although i have many religious friends, am not myself but are still in awe of the work done in the lords name….there’s a few in there i’d love to see, the Iceland & Denmark ones look straight out of wizard of oz!!

my favorite so far is Santa Maria in Florence, followed by the usually French suspects: ) http://v8.cache1.c.bigcache.googleapis.com/static.panoramio.com/photos/original/10789445.jpg?redirect_counter=2

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