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The 10 Most Expensive Religious Monuments

Throughout history, our civilization has always strived to create tall and striking monuments. It is difficult to say which ones were built under the influence of megalomania and which were simply the realization of a desire to leave an indelible mark on history. Regardless of one’s beliefs, one cannot but agree that most religious sites are simply spectacular. They stand as proof of man’s faith. Faith and religion have the right to create exquisite beauty that can attract more and more tourists. For example, the world-famous statue of Christ with outstretched arms. To see this unusual architectural monument, thousands of tourists go to Rio de Janeiro.

10. Monument of Blessing Jesus, Indonesia: $540000

Blessing Jesus Monument.

The monument stands proudly atop a hill called Royal Highland in Manado, Indonesia. Looking at the monument, it is safe to say that this particular statue of Christ is radically different from many others like it. The monument “Blessing Jesus” is a symbol of the city and depicts the Lord Savior in a completely different manner, at an angle of 20 degrees, which creates the illusion of flight. The statue is 30 meters high and was built by one of the richest men in Asia, the billionaire real estate developer Siputra. 25 tons of metal fiber and 35 tons of steel were used to build the statue. It is the tallest statue of Christ in Asia, costing $540,000 to build.

9. Christ of the Pacific, Peru: $1 million

Christ of the Pacific, Peru

The erection of the statue was a personal wish of President Alan Garcia. His lifelong dream was to create some kind of symbol that would represent Peru. The statue bears a striking resemblance to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ of the Pacific is located in Lima on top of a hill. The monument is 37 meters high, including a 15-meter high pedestal. The statue was built in Rio de Janeiro, then transported to Peru and equipped with a spectacular lighting system of 26 colors. The president personally donated $37,000 to build the monument. The total cost of the monument is $1 million.

8. Maria de Socavon, Bolivia: $1.3 million

Maria de Socavon, Bolivia

The statue is located in Bolivia, in a city located in the foothills of the Andes, known for gold mining. Constantly competing with Brazil, Bolivia did not want to build the second tallest statue of Christ in the world. It was to be the tallest religious statue in the entire southern hemisphere. The 46-meter-high Maria de Socavón is 7 meters taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, but slightly lower than the Statue of Liberty. It was unveiled in 2013 during a carnival attended by more than 30,000 people. The cost of the statue is $1.3 million.

7. Cristo de la Concordia, Bolivia: $1.5 million

Cristo de la Concordia, Bolivia

The Cristo de la Concordia, that is, the Christ of Peace, is a religious monument in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The statue was completed in 1994. At that time it was the tallest statue of Christ in the world. Unfortunately for the Bolivians, a monument of Christ the King was built in Poland that surpassed the Bolivian monument. Nevertheless, the colossal statue, 33 meters high, is still the third tallest statue in the southern hemisphere. Located on San Pedro Hill, the statue is open to visitors on Sundays. Many tourists come here to climb to the top of the monument for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Cochabamba Valley and the highest peak in the area, Tunari.

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6. Christ the King, Portugal: $1.5 million

Christ the King, Portugal

The prominent religious statue features a very tall pedestal compared to the size of the Christ statue itself. The total height of the monument is 110 meters, including the pedestal which is 52 meters high. The idea of building Cristo Rei, that is, Christ the King, originated during World War II, when the cardinals of Portugal declared that if the country was safe from war, they would erect a huge monument dedicated to Jesus. Since the country was indeed safe from war, the promise was kept and the monument was unveiled in 1959.

5. Christ the King, Poland: $1.5 million

Christ the King, Poland

Located in western Poland, in the town of Świebodzin, near the border with Germany, the statue of Christ the King can be seen while driving along the Warsaw – Berlin highway. The idea for the monument came from priest Zawadzki, who wished to create a new place of pilgrimage. With a gilded crown, 2 meters high, Christ the King rises to a height of 36 meters without a pedestal, making it the highest Christ statue in the world. It is 3 meters taller than the statue of Christ the Savior. Construction of the monument, which lasted 5 years, was completed in 2010. The cost of the statue is $ 1.5 million. The money for the construction was collected thanks to the donations of city residents.

4. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil: $3.5 million

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the seven new wonders of the world, a symbol of Brazil. Located atop Corcovado Mountain, which means “hunchback,” the statue of Christ with outstretched arms is perhaps the most famous religious monument in the world. The idea for the statue originated in the mid-18th century, but was not realized until 1921. The frame of the statue is made of steel, its height is 30 meters without a pedestal, the height of the pedestal is 8 meters. The weight of the statue is more than 1100 tons. It was created by the Brazilian architect Eitor da Silva Costa and the French sculptor Paul Landovski. To create the monument took nine years, its cost is $ 3.5 million.

The Lotus Temple, India: $20 million

The Lotus Temple, India

Perhaps the most intriguing temple in the world is in India, in New Delhi. Construction began in 1980 and was completed six years later. The temple was designed by the Iranian architect Fariborz Sahb. It was officially dedicated to the unity of God, religion and humanity. The building is 40 meters high and is covered with 3,065 square meters of marble mined in Greece. The Lotus Temple is also known as the Mother Temple of the Indian religion and is one of the most visited buildings and one of the most spectacular religious monuments in the world.

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2. Hadlgrímskirkja, Iceland: $25 million

 Hadlgrimskirkja, Iceland

Named after Hadlgrimur Pietursson, the Icelandic poet and priest and one of the most influential pastors of the Orthodox era, Hallgrimskirkja literally means “Hallgrimur Church. The monument towers over Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The Lutheran parish church is the tallest building in the country, standing 74 meters tall. It took 38 years to create a building with an unusual modern design. Construction of the monument began in 1945. The tower was built first, and then the rest of the church. The cost of the monument is 25 million dollars. Sixty percent of the amount was covered by private donations. The bell tower with three bells, which offers a beautiful view of the city, can be reached by elevator.

1. Giant Buddha, China: $33 million

 Giant Buddha, China

There’s a local saying in China, “The mountain is the Buddha and the Buddha is the mountain.” When it comes to beliefs, the Chinese will go to any length to see their ideas take shape. The world’s tallest Buddha statue was carved into vertical rock in the 8th century in Sichuan Province in China. The idea belongs to a Buddhist monk. Construction began in 713. Work on the huge one was completed in 803 by the Chinese government and the monk’s disciples. The monument depicts the seated Buddha with his hands folded in his lap. His gaze is directed toward Mount Emel and the confluence of the Minyan, Dadu and Qingyi Rivers. The monument is 71 meters high and 28 meters wide. The monument is almost 1,300 years old, so it is difficult to estimate the full cost of the statue, but $33 million was spent on the technical restoration of the Buddha’s face. You can imagine how expensive this statue is! You can’t buy such a statue at auction, of course, but you can look at other expensive sculptures.

10 most beautiful religious monuments

The 10 most beautiful religious monuments

Incredible facts

Throughout history, civilizations have erected religious monuments in honor of their gods. Unfortunately, not all of the holy creations of the past have survived to this day. Of many only ruins remain, others have been destroyed in numerous wars.

Ani, sometimes called the “city of 1001 churches,” is a prime example of both. The city, now within the borders of Turkey, was once a thriving metropolis. Christians gathered in the bustling city to visit its many churches, monuments, monasteries, and tombs. Ani flourished for several centuries, but over time, wars gradually began to destroy it. An earthquake that occurred in 1319 devastated the city, and although still a small population remained there, the city is now very deserted and slowly crumbling.

But many religious monuments have been more fortunate, so in the list below we take a look at some of the most fascinating works of art that have survived to this day.

10. The Bone Vault in Sedlec

The ossuary in Sedlec, Bohemia was built under the cemetery of the Cisterian monastery. When the abbot returned with a jar of earth from the Holy Land in 1278, the cemetery became a popular burial ground. Later, when the Black Death swept through Europe, many people made pilgrimages to Sedlec, hoping eventually to be buried in this holy place. For example, in 1318 alone, some 30,000 people were buried in the Kostnica Sedlec.

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As a result, a huge number of bodies began to accumulate, and even after the expansion of the cemetery, it quickly filled to capacity. In the 1400s, a church was built in the center of the cemetery, and a crypt was placed beneath it. Then, in the 1500s, a monk began extracting bones and transporting them to the crypt. In the 1870s, Frantisek Rint, a local woodcarver, collected all the bones in a special way (it turned out to be about 40,000 bones!), and today everyone can look at them. Using massive chandeliers and magnificent coats of arms adorning the mighty walls, Rint has created the beauty of death in a unique and unforgettable way.

9. Pantheon

Marcus Agrippa created the Pantheon to serve as a temple to all the gods and goddesses worshipped in ancient Rome. Today it is one of the best-preserved buildings of all those built during the heyday of the Roman Empire, although it has since been lit up as a Christian church. This religious transformation is what saved the Pantheon from destruction in the Middle Ages, but its structure has undergone some changes in the transition period. Paintings, frescoes, sculptures, and statues now adorn all the walls and all the niches.

Nevertheless, the architecture still looks familiar: the Pantheon has served as the prototype for many famous buildings, such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the pantheons in London and Paris, the United States Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial and others.

8. The Temple – Karnak Complex

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most impressive religious monument in the world can be found in Egypt. The Karnak Temple – complex in Thebes is the largest man-made temple ever built. Temples, shrines, chapels, and palaces are dedicated to various gods and goddesses, but the brightest flower of the complex is the Temple of Amun. Also in the complex you will find many obelisks, carved reliefs and pillars, a sacred lake and stone sphinxes.

The Karnak complex was certainly not built all at once, much of it appeared over time, then was destroyed, rebuilt again and rebuilt. It is impossible to accurately reconstruct its original appearance, but even looking at the ruins, it is clear that the place was incredibly beautiful.

7. Karni Mata Temple

There is a particular Hindu temple in northwest India whose devotees can be caught off guard by the very animals that are worshipped there. And all because they worship rats, a total of about 20,000 of them live there. And people not only explore the temple up and down, traveling through it, they actually interact with the rats in the most amazing way.

You will be considered lucky if a rat runs up your legs, however, the greatest luck will be when you see the famous white rats, only about five of them live in the whole temple, so it is very rare.

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Built in the early 1900s, the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, who, according to her followers, was the incarnation of the goddess Durga. The legend varies somewhat depending on where you hear it, but in its simplest form it says that Karni Mata made a deal with the death god Yama, who promised her that her clan members would reincarnate as rats after her death and guard her in the temple until the clan was reborn. And the rats will be protected there forever. It is strictly forbidden to enter the temple with shoes on!

6. Temple Mountain

There is no doubt that the Middle East is the focal point of all religious monuments, and there are more holy relics in Jerusalem than anywhere else. The Temple Mount alone is worth mentioning: practitioners of both Islam and Judaism venerate the site for many reasons.

For Jews, the Temple Mount is the place where a number of fundamentally important events took place that made it holy. For example, Jews believe that it was the place where God gathered the earth that he used when he created Adam, it was the place where Adam, Cain, Abel, Noah and Abraham made sacrifices to God, and it is also the place where King Solomon rested.

Muslims revere Abraham, David, and Solomon as prophets, but this is not the main reason for their interest in this religious monument. They believe that Muhammad was the one who shaped the image of paradise as he climbed out of the gorge of the mountain. The Temple Mount is also the site of the al-Aqsa Mosque: one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world, and considered the third most important holy place for prayers.

5. Temple of Jaguar

The Temple of Jaguar is often referred to as Temple #1 or Pyramid #1 and is one of the many impressive Mayan temples located atop a high pyramid in the jungle of Central America. Located in the ancient city of Tikal (now Guatemalan territory), it was built as a tomb for one of the city’s most successful rulers.

In fact, there are many ruins of religious monuments in Tikal, so leading scholars suggest that spiritual rituals and pious rites played a fundamental role in the ancient Mayan civilization. Temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms and tombs are scattered throughout the settlement of Tikal, in addition to the Temple of the Jaguar, there you will find the Temple of the Mask and the Temple of the Two Headed Serpent.

4. Angkor Wat

It took about 30 years of hard work to build the ancient temple known today as Angkor Wat, and judging by the ruins that are preserved today, that time was not wasted. It is the largest of the temples of the metropolis of Angkor (modern Cambodia), which is famous for its architecture and beautiful works of art.

Detailed scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata (sacred Hindu texts) adorn the temple’s huge, stone-carved walls. The temple itself and most of the frescoes were created in the 12th century, during the reign of King Suryavarman II, although some lower quality sculptural works were added in the 16th century. The walls are decorated with some legendary historical battles such as the battle of Kurukshetra and the battle of Lanka.

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3. The Great Mosque of Jenne.

The first and true Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali began to “function” in the 13th century, however, most of the entire structure was demolished in the 1830s, only a small part of it remains. What we see today was completed in 1906-1907.

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Perhaps the most interesting fact about the mosque is that it is the largest building in the world built of raw bricks. It may seem a bit odd that the mosque is still standing, since rampant flooding during the rainy season and fluctuations in temperature and humidity would have done its job long ago if not for the annual concerns about its upkeep.

2. St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is an important part of London as well as the seat of the bishop. The church has existed in several incarnations since its founding in the seventh century. Since then, many important events have been held there, including Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday, Prince Charles’ marriage to Lady Diana, Winston Churchill’s funeral, etc.

During World War II, however, the cathedral was “dormant.” It was hit by bombs several times, but fortunately the damage was minor. During one air war raid, Churchill acted as a defender of the monument: when bombs rained down on the city, he concentrated most of the firefighting resources around the cathedral. He stressed at the time that this religious monument was too important to be lost in the flames, and if it were lost, the fighting spirit of the country would go with it. Citizens, among whom were many famous intellectuals, artists, and historians, volunteered to help and protected the cathedral by organizing regular vigils near it, so as soon as a threat of fire arose, it was immediately eliminated.

1. The Monasteries of Meteora

The monasteries of Meteora are a “collection” of orthodox Greek monasteries that look like a bird’s nest perched on top of a giant sandstone rock. About a thousand years ago, ascetic hermits climbed to the top of this sandstone and became the first people to settle in them. In fact, the monasteries were established between the 14th and 16th centuries, and the monks were able to easily defend their dwellings in case of danger, as the only way to reach them was with a long rope ladder. If the monks saw danger, they quickly assembled their ladders.

Of the 24 monasteries that existed, six are still in operation today. In addition, infrastructural advances, including stone stairs and bridges, have helped these places become popular tourist destinations. However, if you decide to go there, know that there is a strict dress code: shoulders must be covered, men are only allowed in long wide pants and women in long skirts.

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