Places of worship have been around for thousands of years, they were often the center of the entire community and brought people together. The 25 Most Majestic Places of Worship come from all ends of the world. For some of them, it is their gigantic size and detailed architecture that puts you in awe, while others, like the Mogao Caves of China, were amazingly built directly into the land. Perhaps the most majestic part of it all is that these places of worship still continue to unite people from all walks of life.
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St Nick’s Church, Kiev, Ukraine 2 of 26
Worship in this beautiful and intimate church on the water.
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Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain 3 of 26
Gaudi's masterpiece, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, is beautiful on the outside and absolutely stunning inside.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 4 of 26
It would be hard not to be completely in awe when facing this place.
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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand 5 of 26
While you're marking beautiful temples off your list, make sure to add this one, aka The White Temple.
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Asfi Mosque, Lucknow, India 6 of 26
Spend an afternoon walking the grounds of this majestic mosque.
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Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab,India 7 of 26
The Golden Temple is indeed covered completely in gold .
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Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France 8 of 26
It may not be gigantic, but the unique architecture definitely makes it one of a kind.
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Stykkisholmskirkja Church, Iceland 9 of 26
Try to say that name ten times fast.
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St. Bartholomew’s Church, Bavaria, Germany 10 of 26
Hop on a boat or take a long hike to see this beautiful Catholic Church.
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St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia 11 of 26
It's hard to believe that Ivan the Terrible created this wonder.
Find out more at Travel Channel.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia 12 of 26
Learn about the mysteries of the Khmer kingdom as you visit the ruins of the Angkor Wat temple.
Spotted at National Geographic.
Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia 13 of 26
Join the other 15,000 worshippers praying in this rose-tinted mosque.
Find out more at Creative Muslims.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutan 14 of 26
This monastery also goes by the name, Taktsang Palphug Monastery, and is a Himalayan Buddhist temple.
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Makkah al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia 15 of 26
The Holy City of Mekkah is truly majestic and can hold a few million people at times. Hence why it is its own city.
Image via Makkah and Madina.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma 16 of 26
Don't be the only one with their shoes and socks on when you walk into this sacred pagoda.
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Parroquia del Huerto de los Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina 17 of 26
Visit this gorgeous church covered in green.
Photo via Village of Joy.
Shlomo Glick Synagogue, Berlin 18 of 26
People from all over come to worship together in this breathtaking synagogue.
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey 19 of 26
Built in the early 1600s, this gorgeous Mosque is majestic both on the outside and inside.
Find out more at Famous Wonders.
Las Lajas Sanctuary, Narino, Colombia 20 of 26
This hidden gem can be found alongside the Guaitara River in Colombia.
Find out more at Travel Channel.
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France 21 of 26
Spend an afternoon in Paris taking in the beauty of the gothic architecture.
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Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan 22 of 26
It is hard to believe that this stunning landmark only took two years to build in the mid 1600s.
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Mogao Caves, Dunhuang, Gansu, China 23 of 26
A place of worship and art, these four hundred and ninety-two caves are filled with murals dating back to fourth century.
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Duomo Milano, Milan, Italy 24 of 26
Stands as one of the largest Cathedrals in the world, definitely worth checking out.
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Jama Masjid, Delhi, India 25 of 26
The largest mosque in Old Delhi, was created by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine 26 of 26
After being demolished in the 30s, this beautiful monastery stands tall and proud once again.
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