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Most Extraordinary Churches Of The World
Some are amazing and glorify God. Some are just plain wacky. All are interesting.
11. Church in Stykkish lmskirkja Iceland
No, this is not an alien structure it is another weird church in Iceland. I ve found two different versions about this church: Version #1: It was built in 1990 and the architect is J n Haraldssyni Version #2: The church in Stykkish lmskirkja was built in 1879. The new church was than built in 1980. The church has drawn much of detention by its look from the sea and from land. In 1939 Fransiskusystur (nuns) built a monestry, school and the church. They also built a hospital witch is still in use.
12. St Basils Cathedral Moscow Russia
Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed was built in 1555 1561 by Ivan IV (a.k.a Ivan the Terrible) to celebrate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. The multi tented church stands at the very heart of Moscow,the Red Square. A legend says that Ivan had the architect,Postnik Yakovlev, blinded to prevent him from building a more magnificent building for anyone else. In fact, Postnik Yakovlev built a number of churches after Saint Basil s. Panda thinks that it may be huge lollypops and wants to taste it.
13. Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro was built between 1964 and 1979. Conical in form it has internal diameter of 96 meters (315 ft) and an overall height of 75 meters (246 ft). The church has a standing room capacity of 20,000 people. Four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 meters (210 ft) from floor to ceiling. Looks like a Pyramid of Egypt or Aztecs, doesn t it?
14. Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain
Sagrada Fam ?lia is a very massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. A very famous architect Antoni Gaud ? worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavor. In the center there is going to be a tower of Jesus Christ, surmounted by a giant cross; the tower s total height will be 170 m (557,7ft).
15. Paraportiani Church Mykonos Greece
According to the author of the photo: Paraportiani Church is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means secondary gate, because it was built on the site of one of the gates of the Medieval stone walls. Some parts of this beautiful church date from 1425 and the rest was built during the 16th and 17th centuries.
16. Borgund Stave Church
Stave churches may have been very usual all over medieval northwestern Europe but now you can only find them in Norway (that what Wikipedia says, but this is wrong) Borgund stave church located in Borgund, L
17. The Green church Buenos Aires Argentina
Bamboo leaves!?! I want to climb into this church and sit here all day. The only info I managed to find: a parish church in Buenos Aires, Argentina known as the Huerto de Olivos
18. Church Ruins Goreme Turkey
The rock cut ruins of a church by persecuted Christians. Not sure when it was built, but definitely look very ancient. How did those guys carved the inside of these rocks? The Cappadocia valley, where this church stands, is very popular for its rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. There are an estimated 150 churches and several monasteries in the canyon between the villages of Ihlara and Selime. Those rocks are volcanic deposits, so that means they are soft rocks, making it possible to carve such structures.
19. Duomo Milan Cathedral Milan Italy
Mark Twain once said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad: They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.
20. Paoay Church a k a St Augustine Parish Philippines
Paoay Church reminds me of Aztec architecture. It looks very massive and strong. The walls of the church are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses. Its construction started in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. It is said, that Its construction primarily was intended to withstand earthquakes. And it could test the strength of the walls very soon, because the church was damaged by an earthquake in 1706 and 1927.
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