1000 religious buildings of the world with pictures and descriptions

Collection of religious buildings of the peoples of the world

Throughout the ages, temples for worship and worship have distinguished themselves by their grandeur. We suggest you look at the most beautiful temples in the world. Religion occupies the most important place in the life and history of mankind. Not surprisingly, religious monuments have always been distinguished by beauty and scope. Temples and churches, mosques and cathedrals, chapels and synagogues – no matter what religion is practiced in them – they are all architectural landmarks, interesting in their centuries-old history or modern ideas.

The active Sanaksar Nativity of the Virgin Monastery, located in the Republic of Mordovia, is a monument of architecture of the XVIII century and a holy place.

All you need to know about the famous Ponagar temple complex in Vietnam: history, architecture and important tourist information.

  • Buddhist and Hindu temples
  • Vietnam

Temple architecture is always a reason to be amazed, and Kyzyl Techenling Buddhist Temple is a reason to dive into Nirvana.

  • Buddhist and Hindu temples
  • Russia

The Novo-Golutvin Holy Trinity Nunnery in Kolomna is located within the Kolomna Kremlin and is an object of cultural heritage of federal significance.

  • Monasteries
  • Russia

Novospassky Monastery in Moscow is one of the oldest in the city, its shrines are revered throughout the world, and its unique architecture impresses with its distinctiveness.

  • Monasteries
  • Russia

Balikli Monastery is an Orthodox shrine of Turkey with an ancient history. On the territory of the active monastery there is a spring with healing power and a miraculous icon.

  • Monasteries
  • Turkey

St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is unique with ancient mosaics and frescoes of the interior, 19-domed temple – the pearl of the Ukrainian capital.

  • Cathedrals
  • Ukraine

The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg is a place where thousands of pilgrims flock to worship the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

Alexander Monastery is one of the architectural and historical attractions of the Vladimir-Suzdal land.

  • Monasteries
  • Russia
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If you are in Bavaria, you should not miss the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Wiskirche church, which is a striking representative of Bavarian Rococo.

  • Temples
  • Germany

The main cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church is the most spacious religious building in Christendom. The work of many outstanding Italian masters.

  • Cathedrals
  • Vatican City

Visit to Pyukhtitsa women’s monastery. Those wishing to visit the monastery will learn about the historical moments of development of Orthodox religion, with the life of nuns.

  • Monasteries
  • Estonia

History of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper”, is located in the heart of Milan and is an outstanding architectural structure.

The Church of St. Olaf or Oleviste is one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn. Its main feature is its high spire, which can be seen from anywhere in the city.

Sistine Chapel at the Vatican is famous for its frescoes by Michelangelo, which are unique in their beauty and impression. They depict the past and future of mankind.

Temple of Truth in Pattaya is deservedly considered one of the most popular, impressive buildings in the world. It is made of wood and is striking in size and beauty.

  • Buddhist and Hindu temples
  • Thailand

The history of the Church of the Savior on the Blood is considered one of the fateful for Russia. Therefore, the architects tried to create a special, native Russian style, different from the rest.

Main temples of world religions

For believers of different religions and denominations, temples are places of worship and performance of prayers and rituals. For centuries, people have built and decorated temples that satisfy not only their spiritual, but also aesthetic needs.

The main temples of the world's religions

The main temples of different religions are usually also outstanding monuments of world architecture, each of them attracts many pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

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Temple of Jerusalem (Israel)

Jewish believers around the world, according to the canons of Judaism, there is only one temple. And this temple, in fact, does not exist. Until the 1st century AD it was located in the center of Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount.

Qubbat al-Sakhra Mosque. Photo 1

Nowadays on the place of the Temple of Jerusalem there is a Muslim mosque Qubbat as-Sakhra, and the Jewish shrine was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, after which, as the legend says, the Jews dispersed worldwide.

Qubbat as-Sakhra Mosque. Photo 2

However, in memory of the Temple of Jerusalem, every synagogue anywhere in the world, in its internal structure, repeats the design of the Temple. Including the oldest, which is, oddly enough, not in Israel, but in the Czech capital of Prague, and is called Staronova Synagogue.

Old Synagogue

St. Peter’s Cathedral (Vatican City).

The main and largest church of all Catholics in the world.

St. Peter's Cathedral. Photo 1

Ceremonial and spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in the center of the Italian capital, on the territory of the smallest state in the world, the Vatican City.

St. Peter's Cathedral. Photo 2

The outstanding artists and sculptors of the Renaissance period – Bernini, Raphael, Michelangelo and others – took part in the creation of St. Peter’s cathedral. The dome of the Cathedral is the highest in the world, 136.6 meters.

Al-Haram Mosque (Saudi Arabia).

The main mosque of all Muslims in the world is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Haram Mosque. Photo 1

In the courtyard of the Al-Haram Mosque is the holiest shrine of Muslims – the Kaaba, thanks to which the mosque is visited each year by millions of pilgrims from all over the world.

Al-Haram Mosque. Photo 2

The area of the entire temple complex is 357,000 square meters, which accommodates up to a million pilgrims at a time. Next to the mosque in 2011 built the world’s largest skyscraper complex Abraj Al-Beit.

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Borobodur (Indonesia).

This giant structure is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Borobodur shrine. Photo 1

Borobodur is located on the island of Java, in Indonesia. It is remarkable that this breathtaking temple, built around 800 AD, after a volcanic eruption and a major earthquake, about 800 years was abandoned, covered with volcanic dust and overgrown with jungle.

Borobodur temple. Photo 2

The restoration of the temple began only in 1907. In Barobodur there are more than 500 statues of Buddha and about 1500 stone bas-reliefs with religious themes.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow (Russia)

Full name: Cathedral Church of Christ the Savior. Has the highest status among Russian Orthodox churches, the Patriarchal Metochion. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

The Cathedral Church of Christ the Savior

The existing temple, built in the 1990s, is an external reconstruction of the church of the same name, which was built on this site in the center of Moscow in the mid-nineteenth century in memory of the War of 1812 and completely destroyed during the Stalin regime in 1931. The temple building has a capacity of 10,000 people.

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