most extraordinary churches of the world

The Church of Hallgrimur ReykjavA k Iceland
1. The Church of Hallgr?mur is a Lutheran parish church which is also a very tall one, reaching 74.5 meters (244 ft) height. It is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. It took incredibly long to build it (38 years!) Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986. .....
Las Lajas Cathedral Colombia South America
2. Las Lajas Cathedral was built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara river where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary appeared. You can find it in southern Colombian Department of Narino, municipality of Ipiales, near the border with Ecuador. .....
Device to Root Out Evil Calgary AB Canada
3. It was too hot for New York City; too hot for Stanford University. But a controversial, imposing sculpture by renowned international artist Dennis Oppenheim finally found a public home in laid back Vancouver. A country church is seen balancing on it s steeple, as if it had been lifted by a terrific force and brought to the site as a device or method of rooting out evil forces. .....
Chapel of St Gildas Brittany France
4. This is the chapel of St Gildas, which sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. Built like a stone barn into the base of a bare rocky cliff, this was once a holy place of the Druids. Gildas appears to have travelled widely throughout the Celtic world of Corwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. He arrived in Brittany in about AD 540 and is said to have preached Christianity to the people from a rough pulpit, now contained with .....
Shell Church Huntington Beach CA USA
5. Panda has no info on this one, only the location Huntington Beach, CA, USA. The best thing about this church is a huge Shell logo. .....
Notre Dame du Haut Ronchamp France
6. People say that the roof of this building looks like Elvis hair and Panda agree. Informally known as Ronchamp, the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut was completed in 1954 and is considered one of the finest examples of architecture by the late French/Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Interesting fact: when it rains, water pours off the slanted roof onto a fountain, creating a dramatic waterfall. .....
St Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church Chicag IL USA
7. I don t want to tell what kind of thing those domes remind me. Its massiveness and gray color looks like Soviet architecture. I was amazed when I read that it was actually in USA and not in Soviet Union. St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic church is best known for its ultra modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome. It is celebrating its 53 years, so it was built in 1956 (if my calculati .....
Jubilee Church Rome Italy
8. Jubilee Church has very distinctive curved walls which look like sails and serve the engineering purpose of minimizing thermal peak loads in the interior space. The walls are made from a special cement, which contain titanium dioxide, so it destroys air pollution. According to Borgarello When the titanium dioxide absorbs ultraviolet light, it becomes powerfully reactive, breaking down pollutants that come in contact with the concrete. .....
Grace Fellowship Baptist Church Baltimore Road in Detroit Michigan USA
9. This weird building is actually a church. Once it was famous for being Detroit s most beautiful Chinese American restaurant. Later it closed down and became the Omega Baptist Church and then the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. Located at 265 Baltimore, MD, USA. .....
Basilica de Higuey Dominican Republic
10. Basilica de Higuey, inaugurated on January 21, 1971, is one of the most respected monuments of the Dominican Republic. It was built by French architects, and is located in the city of Higuey, Dominican Republic. Panda thinks it is actually a huge basket, and not a church. .....
Church in Stykkish lmskirkja Iceland
11. 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 ch .....
St Basils Cathedral Moscow Russia
12. 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 think .....
Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
13. 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? .....
Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain
14. 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). .....
Paraportiani Church Mykonos Greece
15. 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. .....
Borgund Stave Church
16. 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 .....
The Green church Buenos Aires Argentina
17. 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 .....
Church Ruins Goreme Turkey
18. 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 betwe .....
Duomo Milan Cathedral Milan Italy
19. 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. .....
Paoay Church a k a St Augustine Parish Philippines
20. 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 chu .....
Cathedral of Brasilia Brasilia Brazil
21. This is a very famous Cathedral of Bras ?lia designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Panda finds It modern but somehow childish. These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven. The construction was finished in 1970. .....
St Michaels Golden Domed Monastery Kiev Ukraine
22. St. Michael s Golden Domed Monastery is a functioning monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. The monastery is located on the Western side of the Dnieper River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the St. Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic and administrative Uppertown and overlooks the city s historical commercial and merchant quarter, the Podil neighbourhood. Originally built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych, the monastery c .....
Church in a Hill Luxembourg
23. This church is built into the hillside on which it perches. One of the reasons the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has survived as an independent state for a thousand years against such powerful neighbors as Germany and France, is that the area is eminently fortifiable. .....
San Francisco de Asis Church Ranchos de Taos New Mexico
24. San Francisco de Asis Church is a small mission in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico. It a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paint .....
Pilgrimage Church Neviges Germany
25. Pilgrimage church designed by Gottfried B .....
Church with an A Madrid Spain
26. A Parish Church at the beginning of Alcalde Sainz de Baranda St. (Madrid, Spain). .....
Mr Ekos Church The Island near the beach camp
27. Architects: Eko and Charlie. Built in the 3rd season of Lost series. .....
Grundtvigs Church Copenhagen Denmark
28. Grundtvig s Church (Danish: Grundtvigs Kirke) is located in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a rare example of expressionist church architecture. Due to its unusual appearance, it is one of the best known churches in the city. .....
Catholic Church Uruguay South America
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The Felsenkirche a k a Church of the Rock IdarOberstein Germany
30. The Felsenkirche ( Church of the Rock .....
Don Justos Self Built Cathedral Mejorada del Campo near Madrid Spain
31. Justo Gallego Mart ?nez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain This is no model cathedral and he is neither a qualified architect, nor engineer, nor bricklayer he is a farmer. The plans have only ever existed in my head and have evolved over time in response to opportunity and inspiration. Nor does he have formal planning permission from the authorities of Mejorada del Campo the town in which it is loc .....
Cathedral of Maringa Parana Brazil
32. This is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in downtown Maring , Paran , Brazil, measuring 124 m high. It was completed in 1972 and is the tallest church in South America and the 16th tallest in the world. Architect Jos Augusto Bellucci was inspired by the Soviet sputnik satellites when he projected the modern design with conical shape of the cathedral, which was idealized by the archbishop Dom Jaime Luiz Coelho. .....
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Cundinamarca Colombia
33. Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral) in Zipaquir , about 25 miles north of Bogot , is an underground church built in a tunnel of salt mines deep inside a salt mountain. It is built into a space left by salt mining; everything you see here is salt. As you descend into the church, you pass 14 small chapels representing the stations of the suffering of Christ. The sanctuary at the bottom has three sections, representing the birth, life, and death of J .....
Bruder Klaus Chapel Mechernich southern Germany
34. A concrete chapel on the edge of a field in Mechernich, southern Germany, built by local farmers in honor of their patron saint, the 15th century hermit Bruder Klaus according to icon. .....
Written Stone Monastery Romania
35. Local tradition confesses that,during the construction of a railway , at the opening of the a tunnel, it was found an icon painted in stone representing the Holy Trinity. The monastery was built at the opening of the tunnel The monastery was built at the opening of the tunnel on the rock. .....
Church of St George Lalibela Ethiopia
36. Possibly the most famous of Lalibeli s churches, the Church of St. George is completely carved out of stone in the shape of a cross. .....
Trendsetters Church Phoenix AZ USA
37. Trendsetters Church in Phoenix, AZ, built in 1973 by Neil Frisby as Capstone Cathedral. I m sure Neil Frisby visited Egypt just before designing this church. .....
Chapel in the Rock Arizona USA
38. This facinating Roman Catholic church is literally built into the rock. The views from outside are unbelievable but the serenity inside is awesome Some say, that Chapel in the Rock can move even the non religious. .....
The Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College St Petersburg Florida USA
39. A kid on the tour to Eckerd College once said it looked like a Jesus spider from outer space. .....
Saint Michel d Aiguilhe chapel Le Puy en Velay France
40. Perhaps one of the most remarkable sights in France, a chapel perched on a volcanic plug. This is the Rock of Aiguilhe, on the edge of the town of Puy en Velay, in the Auvergne. The Chapelle Saint Michel has stood there for 1042 years, since Bishop Gothescalk had it built in 962 on his return from a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella in Galicia. In 1955 workers found relics under the alter that had been there since it was built. .....
Santuario Madonna della Lacrime Sicily Italy
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The Hermitage Island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Spain
42. The small church, which is usually closed, dates from the 10th century and seems to have come from the Knights Templar. In the year 1053 it was donated, by don I .....
Church of Arbore Suceava County Romania
43. The church of Arbore is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Its painted church was the first Moldavian painted church to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery and the commune are named after the boyar Luca Arbore who built the church in 1503. The erection of the church was completed in about 5 months. Its exterior paintings date from 1541 and were made by Drago .....
The Chapel on the Rock Allenspark Colorado USA
44. The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus words to Peter: Upon this rock, I will build my Church. .....
Cadet Chapel Air Force Academy Colorado USA
45. The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, is the distinguishing feature of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy. It was designed by renowned architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago. Originally controversial in its design, the Cadet Chapel has become a classic and highly regarded example of modernist architecture. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architect .....
St Augustine Church Brookland Kent UK
46. Yes the late 12th century, wooden, bell tower is separate from the rest of the church! Apparently it is the only one of its size and shape in the country. Originally it was open to the elements the cladding being addedin the 15th century. You almost can t take a picture of this lovely church without getting that litter bin or telephone wires (or both) in frame; the litter bin is even in all the guide books! .....
Third Church of Christ Scientist Washington DC USA
47. This building is not only hideous but it is unwelcoming and, as anyone who has seen the J. Edgar Hoover Building would agree, it is extremely difficult and expensive to maintain. It does place undue monetary restrictions on how the church can serve the city because the church has to sink so much into the maintenance of the building. .....
Thorncrown Chapel Eureka Springs AR USA
48. Just outside Eureka Springs in the Arkansas Ozarks itself a divine place lies this small, peaceful, non denominational chapel. Even as I feel the distance between the organized religion I was raised with and myself grow, places like this remind me of why the underlying faith meant and continues to mean so much to me. .....
Church Birdhouse Greer South Carolina USA
49. A colorful birdhouse, made in the shape of a church, hanging on a fence of someones yard in Greer, South Carolina. The bird living in this church must be a bird priest raising donations from other birds in a form of seeds. .....
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