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Debangana Sen Sep 10 2014

Which are some of the most beautiful religious buildings around the world?

Kanika Nevatia Sep 10 2014
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No matter what the religion, each religious structure seems to have its way of leaving a mark on your memory. Check out this list of some of the most beautiful religious buildings across the world and prepare yourself to be left spellbound.

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral, a former church, is located in Moscow, Russia. The building has now been converted into a museum and is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.

Saint Basil's Cathedral (by Bernt Rostad)

Golden Temple, India

Also known as the Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple is a well known Sikh gurdwara located in Amritsar, Punjab. There are four doors to enter the gurdwara that symbolize the openness of Sikhs towards all people and religions.

Golden Temple (by Arian Zwegers)

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, which is popularly referred to as the White Temple, is a unconventional contemporary Buddhist temple located in the Chiang Rai Province of Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997.

Wat Rong Khun (by beggs)

Blue Mosque, Turkey

The Blue Mosque is another name for the Sultan Ahmed Mosque which is a historic mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It got its name from the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.Built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I, it contains a tomb of the founder.

Blue Mosque (Constantin Barbu)

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, India

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, also known as Thiruvarangam, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu god, Vishnu. It is located in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in India, and is rich in both history and legend.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (by Melanie M)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emiratesand is considered to be one of the key religious monuments in the country. The mosque's design and construction aims at uniting the world by using artisans and materials from all over the globe.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (by arripay)

Borgund Stave Church, Norway

The Borgund Stave Church is a stave church (medieval wooden Christian church building) located in the village of Borgund in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is no longer used regularly for church functions and has been converted into a museum run by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments.

Borgund Stave Church (by zoetnet)

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda is also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda. It is a gilded pagoda and stupa which is 99 metres high and is located in Yangon, Myanmar. The gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates, covering the brick structure.

Shwedagon Pagoda (by paularps)

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

The Prambanan Temple, also known as Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple located in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple is dedicated to the trimurti--Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver; and Shiva, the destroyer.The temple compound has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Prambanan Temple (by nadim.chaabene)

St. Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery, Ukraine

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The religious architecture of the monastery incorporates elements that have evolved from styles of the Byzantine and Baroque periods. It comprises the cathedral itself, a refectory of St. John the Divine, the Economic Gates and a bell tower.

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery (by thisisbossi)

Dome of the Rock, Israel

The Dome of the Rock is a shrine located in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. It is considered one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.It has also been called Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark. The structure of the building is basically octagonal in shape.

Dome of the Rock (by askii)

Kandariya Mahadev Temple, India

The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest temple in the temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It can be considered one of the best examples of temples that have been preserved from the medieval period in India. The Archaeological Survey of India protects the temple, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple (by Sitomon)

Duomo di Milano, Italy

Duomo di Milano or the Milan Cathedral is a renowned cathedral in Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan.This Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to build. Today it is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.

Duomo di Milano (by David Davies)

Potala Palace, Tibet

The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet. It is the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka. The structure consists of vast inward-sloping walls broken only in the upper parts by straight rows of windows. The palace is also home to various sacred chapels.

Potala Palace (by Martinliao)

The Temple of Heaven, China

The Temple of Heaven also called the Altar of Heaven is a religious complex situated in Beijing, China.The temple complex was built from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who also constructed the Forbidden City in Beijing.

The Temple of Heaven (by faungg's photo)

These are truly some of the most beautiful religious buildings from across the world. If you wish to share your list of most beautiful religious buildings, leave a comment below. Happy travels!

I am surprised to note that you have not included the name of famous Meenaxi Temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India which is most fascinating temple in India.
Tammina Sridharbabu Sep 22 2014
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Wonderful structures of the world
AR Amritsar Sep 22 2014
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Welcome to punjab

Santhosh JS Sep 27 2014
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Amazing structures.....really beautiful, i want to see all these holy places once in my lifetime.
Alankar Tyagi Feb 09 2015
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Great structures but you forgot lotus trmple of delhi, india
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