A church is a place of worship or a house of God. This, perhaps, is the reason we see churches with stunning designs. With their artistic beauty, they also become world’s famous places to visit.
Here’s a list of amazingly built Catholic churches across the world. These famous houses of worship will truly fascinate you.
1. Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Zaragoza, (Zaragoza, Spain)
The basilica was created in the early second century AD at the banks of Ebro. The church is in baroque style, and the current structure was built between 1681 and 1872.
2. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, USA)
Baltimore Basilica was the first Catholic cathedral in the United States. Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed the building. The construction lasted for 15 years, from 1806 to 1821. The basilica’s design is neoclassical that conforms to European traditions. It flaunts columns of Doric, Ionic or Corinthian pillars, and Renaissance-style domes.
3. Notre Dame de Paris (Paris, France)
The church was the first to use the said style and flying buttresses for support. It was built from 1160 to 1345. Notre Dame de Paris is a prime sample of French Gothic architecture. Gargoyles and grotesques adorn the gutter system.
4. St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Melbourne, Australia)
Catholics in Melbourne, who were mostly Irish, built the church to honor St. Patrick. The construction started in 1858 until 1939. The church is the tallest in Australia and the cathedral of Melbourne’s Archdiocese. This great example of Gothic Revival design highlights pointed arches, steep sloping roofs, and decorative tracery.
5. St. Marks’s Basilica (Venice, Italy)
The church was on the site in 823, but the present building was constructed from 1063 until 1094. With many improvements, it was officially completed on 1617. Also known as Chiesa d’Oro or Church of gold, the basilica depicts Venetian wealth and power since the 11th century. It adopts the Byzantine architecture that reflects a grandiose image.
6. Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen (Stary, Poland)
The basilica was built between 1994 and 2004. With its huge feature, it is Poland’s largest church and one of the largest in the world. Also, it is a famous pilgrimage site.
7. Las Lajas Cathedral (Ipiales, Colombia)
Inside the canyon of the Guaitara River, you will find the Las Lajas Cathedral. Built in 1916 to 1949, the design is in Gothic Revival architecture.
8. St. Peter Basilica (Vatican City)
Located on St. Peter’s burial site, the basilica is the holiest and greatest church. The largest basilica can hold 60,000 people. It is called the greatest building of its age because well-known artists like Michelangelo, counter-reform the structure.