Churches are considered a safe haven and a place of peace and worship. Some of the largest churches in terms of area coverage are also the most ancient. A lot of them are catholic churches that were build early in the Renaissance period.
The church building is as important as the people in the church. A church building should signify hope and stability and these churches listed below are such an example. They are intricately designed and they have jaw dropping art inscribed all over them. From the type of marble used to the choice of wood, and to top it all off, the amount of space available is breathtaking. The churches are some of the earliest to exist and the fact that they are still standing strong means the foundation and plan was solid. Here are the top ten largest churches in the world right now.
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10. Ulm Minster Church
The church is in Germany. The churches area coverage is eight thousand, two hundred and sixty square meters. The church is 161.5 meters tall. The church takes credit for being the tallest church building in the entire world. The church has adopted a gothic style of architecture which is a sight to behold. The top are of the church offers some of the best views of Ulm City. The church was completed in the year 1870 and in the 16th century, it was made into a protestant church.
9. Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar
The church is found in Spain at a place known as Aragon. The church is a dedication to the Virgin Mary. The church is eight thousand, three hundred and eighteen square meters large in are coverage. The church has got three pillars and it was first completed in the 17 hundreds after which renovations were done again in the 20th century. This is one of the most visited places in Spain. A lot of festivals are held in this church.
8. Church of Holy Trinity
The church is in Portugal at a place known as Santarem. The church covers an acre of eight thousand, seven hundred square meters. This is the largest church in this country and it can carry up to 9,000 congregants comfortably. This church is also in honor of the Virgin Mary. It was put up in the years 2004 up to 2007. The church has other chapels inside of it as well as confession stations. The church has Greek inspired architecture.
7. Liverpool Cathedral
This church is in the United Kingdom, in the Liverpool area. The church covers an area of nine thousand, six hundred and eighty seven square meters. This is the largest church in the U.K. The church is 189 meters long. The church was built in phases and so it got completed gradually each building being completed at a different time than the other. The wait was well worth it because the church is beautifully designed and built. The church is also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
6. Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen
The church is in Poland and it covers ten thousand and ninety square meters. This is the largest church in the country of Poland. It is found in Konin City. Though the construction took about ten years, the end result was well worth the wait. The church has incorporated in their architecture themes such as days of the year, the early life of Christ and even the twelve apostles. The church is a center of attraction for locals and visitors from other countries as well.
5. Milan Cathedral
The church is in Milan, Italy. It covers an area of ten thousand, one hundred and eighty six meters squared. The church has adopted the Gothic theme in their architecture. Another theme also incorporated is the history of Italy hence the church is significant to the locals for it is a reflection of their country. Another noteworthy feature in the church is the gold sculpture of the Virgin Mary which shines through the cathedral.
4. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
The church is in the United States of America in New York City. The church covers an area of eleven thousand two hundred square meters. The church spreads across a length of 183 meters. The church building was started in the year 1892. The whole church took more than twenty years to complete. The Gothic theme is woven into the architecture of the church. Other themes coming from the bible that are incorporated include the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.
3. Seville Cathedral
This majestic church is found in Spain at a place known as Seville. The cathedral is very big and it covers an area of eleven thousand, five hundred and twenty meters squared. The beautiful sanctuary has been named by UNESSCO as a world heritage site. The Cathedral literally is the pride of the city of Seville. It was specifically built as a mark of power and to portray the wealth of the city. It was designed by a French Architect known as Rouen Cathedral.
2. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
The church is in Brazil. The church covers twelve thousand square meters in area. This is without a doubt the pride of Brazil. It is the second largest church in the entire world. The church is big enough to hold a capacity of forty five thousand worshippers. The cathedral is a tourist attraction in Brazil. Thousands of people come to the church to worship while others just want to marvel at the beautiful work of art.
1. St. Peter’s Basilica
The church is in the Vatican City. This is the largest church in the world. It covers an area of fifteen thousand, one hundred and sixty meters squared. This is also the most visited church in the history of time. The church also serves as the worldwide headquarters for the Catholic Church and thus the Pope resides there together with the other high ranking catholic officials. St. Peter’s Basilica was first built on the order of Emperor Constantine and then it was later renovated and expanded by Pope Nicholas V. It was designed by one of the world’s most popular artists known as Michelangelo.
Some of the above mentioned churches are the pride of their towns and cities hence tourists from both the local and international region flock in to marvel at the architectural beauty of these places of worship. Having ceremonies such as weddings in such churches is simply a joy for most of the people who are privileged to get the opportunity