5 Most Amazing Religious Structures In The World

Posted By on August 11, 2019


5 Most Amazing Religious Structures In The
World Do you know that most religions claim to adhere
to principles of poverty? We totally understand that shocked look on your face, after all,
some of the most magnificent structures in the history of world architecture are religious
houses! Since we have always appreciated good architecture and culture, we thought how about
we mix the two and come up with a list of the most amazing religious structures! There
are so many of them, each depicting a different culture, religion, timeline and style so you’d
probably be intrigued by at least one of them. Are you ready for a ride to the spiritual
realm? Number 1. Angkor Wat
One of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, Angkor Wat is a temple
complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world! Come on, when a temple
complex stretches over 1,626,000 square meters, there is little to doubt about crowing it
as the largest of its kind! You’ll be surprised to know that the interesting bit is not its
size but the fact that it was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu
for the Khmer Empire. Why is that shocking? Well, gradually it transformed into a Buddhist
temple towards the end of the 12th century! As for the aesthetic appeal, the temple is
admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and
for the numerous devatas adorning its walls. If you are still thinking of giving it a miss
from your itinerary, Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia by appearing on its national flag,
and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors! Number 2. St Peter’s Basilica
One of the world’s holiest catholic shrines, St Peter’s Basilica is situated on Vatican
Hill in the UNESCO world heritage site of Vatican City. There is no way that a trip
to Rome will not include a stop at Vatican City and if you do stop there you have to
be plain crazy to miss out on St Peter’s Basilica! With a capacity of over 60,000 people
and covering 22,300 square meters, it is one of the world’s largest churches and also
one of only four Major Basilicas in the world! Do you know how it got the status of a basilica?
That’s because it was built on the site where St Peter was buried in 64 AD. You’ll
be wowed by the building due to its size and beautiful architecture but the history behind
it is the actual highlight. After the first Basilica was knocked down, it took over 100
years to rebuild, and some of the most famous architects of the time contributed to its
design. You’ll get plenty of photo opportunities so make sure you do a basic research beforehand
to not miss out on something important. What are you waiting for, pack up and jet off! Number 3. Akshardham Temple
With a touch of spirituality and remnants of 10,000 years old Indian culture and tradition,
this spiritual-cultural campus in Delhi, India has been beautifully engraved! The temple
is a brilliant masterpiece of ancient Indian architecture and timeless spiritual messages
dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. If you have any plans of visiting India, do visit Akshardham
because it isn’t just a pilgrimage tour but also a historical voyage that will leave
you truly astonished. After all, the temple attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists
who visit Delhi! It was officially opened on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
It rises 43 m high, spans 96 m wide, and extends 109 m long and is intricately carved with
flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. Do you know how it gets that pretty pink look?
The entire structure is constructed from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble!
But the most shocking thing is that it has no support from concrete or steel structures!
Such is the power of traditional Hindu architectural guidelines, can you beat that? Number 4. Wat Rong Khun
The White Temple, as it is better known as, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned
art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned
by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it for visitors in 1997. The temple
is unlike any other, it depicts the teachings of Buddhism with a modern take. Its inclusion
of characters from The Matrix, Hello Kitty, and Angry Birds helps us re-imagine how religious
buildings are supposed to be! Any guesses how much has already been spent on the temple?
Around THB40 million because he believes the project will give him immortal life, now that’s
interesting! But this isn’t the end, the work is ongoing and is not expected to be
completed until 2070. Woah, this man is going to pay a lot for immortality but is he going
to get it? Anyway, you can watch the intricately designed temple for free if you are Thai or
pay an affordable fee of THB50 if you are a foreigner. You can even donate to the temple
if you feel like but your donation cannot exceed THB 10,000 because apparently Kositpipat
doesn’t want to be influenced by big donors! Number 5. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Let’s just say when you look at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, you’ll feel that
the church itself reaches heaven. Yes, it’s that tall- oh wait, with an overall height
of 103 meters, it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world! Believers from
all over Russia gather here in the honor of the main Orthodox holidays. The monumentality
and grandeur of the temple, its magnificent interiors – everything speaks about the special
status of the temple and its significance for the Russian Orthodox Church. You have
to be out of your mind to miss a chance to visit this skyscraping cathedral! Wait, did
we forget to tell you that this isn’t the original church? The Cathedral of Christ the
Saviour’s construction began in 1839 on the bank of the Moskva River where it was
visible from any point of Moscow. It stayed for 48years before being demolished to make
way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets, which by the way was never made! In February
1990 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church appealed to the government for permission
to restore the great temple. In 2000, the cathedral fully restored in its original form,
was consecrated and began services. That’s a long and complicated history and a lot of
people associate it with the legend of the curse of the nun, who cursed that no building
will last on the site for more than 50years. We’ll have to wait till 2050 to see the
truth! Are there any more astounding religious structures
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This article has 25 comments

  1. Where is Istanbul Mosque which is called the Blue Mosque which is being made in the Ottomon Empire period. If it is comes then it will be no 1 no religious structure in the world can not compare with the Blue Mosque. They are the crazy, fools, idiots, junks, awakward, horrible and hollow who did not include the Blue Mosque in the top 5. Go to the blazes the place which is better for you due to reason is that it is made for you people.

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  2. How come you guys didnโ€™t mention The Al Saleh Mosque itโ€™s the biggest and modern mosque in Yemen.
    I think itโ€™s better if u guys go back and let other people check ur facts before posting it on YouTube.

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  3. I'm from Cambodia โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ appreciate that Angkor is famous

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  4. Ma giร  avete capito come la storia vero non ci vuole una Laura di psicologo vero Buona giornata

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