april 3, 2020

Superlative churches:

Big, beautiful and unusual cathedrals

These are some of the world's most impressive churches and cathedrals:

Seville Cathedral ─── Spain

This UNESCO World Heritage site in Spain is the largest Gothic cathedral or religious building in the world.

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Ulm Minster ─── Germany

At 530 feet, this Lutheran church is the tallest cathedral on Earth.

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Milan Cathedral ─── Italy

The world's second largest cathedral features 135 spires.

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Albi Cathedral ─── France

Looking for the largest brick cathedral? Head to Albi, France to see this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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St. Peter's Basilica ─── Vatican City

The most important church in Roman Catholicism (it's the seat of the pope) is also its largest.

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SAINTE-CHAPELLE ─── FRANCE

This Parisian chapel boasts more stained glass than just about anywhere — 1,113 to be exact.

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Compañía de Jesús ─── Ecuador

This church in Quito might just have more gold leaf than any other church out there.

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SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRÁ ─── COLOMBIA

The world's only underground Catholic church is built into a salt mine.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary ─── Colombia

This cathedral is one of the few (if only) churches built on a bridge.

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Cologne Cathedral ─── Germany

Two towering spires give this building the largest church façade in the world.

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Saint Basil's Cathedral ─── Russia

This church-turned-museum ranks among the world's most colorful.

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Sagrada Familia ─── Spain

Gaudí's masterpiece in Barcelona will be the world's tallest church upon its completion.

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