The most beautiful churches in Europe

The most beautiful churches in Europe

The best of churches and cathedrals in Europe

In Europe you will find the most magnificent and most beautiful Christian churches and cathedrals all over the world. The most important buildings were built here mainly during the Gothic and Middle Ages. Come and see the most beautiful of them

Mont Saint Michel
48.636, -1.511
42 m / 138 ft

#1 Mont Saint Michel

The second most visited place in France

Mont Saint Michel is located in Normandy. This building stands on a granite island, which is washed by the sea, but only at a time when the tide is (Normandy and Brittany beaches are known for their huge tides that reach up to 14 km into the interior of the country). It is actually a fortified town with an abbey and a monastery. This beautiful place is listed in UNESCO

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St Peter's Basilica
41.902, 12.454
27 m / 89 ft

#2 St Peter's Basilica

Center of the Vatican

St Peter's Basilica in Vatican is one of the largest churches in the world, and one of Rome's greatest landmarks.

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St. Mary's Cathedral in Seville
37.386, -5.993
20 m / 66 ft

#3 St. Mary's Cathedral in Seville

The largest Gothic cathedral in the world

St. Mary's Cathedral in Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Even more than the exterior of this sanctuary, you will admire here mainly the interior. You will find here amazing columns, arches and gold covered altar. There is also the tomb of Christopher Columbus – you will easily find this place thanks to a number of tourists gathering around. Although there are many people in the cathedral, there is an amazing atmosphere. In addition, shaded patio and amazing Giralda tower are adjacent to the cathedral.  

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Saint Basil's Cathedral
55.753, 37.623
147 m / 482 ft

#4 Saint Basil's Cathedral

Colorful temple at the southern end of Red Square

In the places where the southern side of the Red Square decreases to the Moscow River, there are the colorful domes of the Saint Basil's Cathedral - unique monuments of Russian architecture built by Ivan Hrozny to celebrate the conquest of Kazan in 1552. The interior of the temple is atypically divided into eight more or less separate churches, which symbolize the days of crucial struggles for Kazan.

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St. Mark's Basilica
45.435, 12.34
2 m / 7 ft

#5 St. Mark's Basilica

The best example of Byzantine architecture

St. Basil's Cathedral Mark is the main church and one of the most important monuments of Venice and Italy. Today it is probably the best preserved example of Byzantine architecture. It is located on Saint Mark's Square next to the Doge's Palace. The basilica hase about 1000 years old core, with five domes, arches and windows decorated with a tracery, and with stunning interiors is rightly one of the most beautiful medieval buildings in the world.

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Sacré Coeur
48.887, 2.343
125 m / 410 ft

#6 Sacré Coeur

Basilica at the highest point in Paris

Sacré Coeur is among the most impressive places in Paris. It stands on the summit of Montmartre. Sacré Coeur, translated into English, means the Holy Heart and is therefore dedicated to the Holy Heart of Jesus. The foundation stone was laid in 1875. The basilica is built of a travertine that colored this monument to the white colour.

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Heddal Stave Church
59.58, 9.176
25 m / 82 ft

#7 Heddal Stave Church

The most beautiful church in Norway

The Heddal Stavkirke (Stave Church) is considered to be probably the most beautiful wooden church in Norway. It is certainly the biggest one. Like other similar churches, it was built in the 13th century

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Notre Dame in Paris
48.853, 2.351
34 m / 112 ft

#8 Notre Dame in Paris

The most visited cathedral in France

Although not one of the largest cathedrals in France is the most visited. Its construction began in 1163 and after 182 years, in 1345, it was completed. The cathedral at the entrance impresses with its size (130 m long, 50 m wide, 35 m high) and is capable up to 9,000 people.

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Cologne Cathedral
50.941, 6.96
53 m / 174 ft

#9 Cologne Cathedral

The magnificent Gothic cathedral of St. Peter

St. Peter's Cathedral, shortly the Cologne Cathedral, is a magnificent Gothic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop. It stands near the river on the western bank of the Rhine, on the northern edge of the former Roman colony and in the immediate vicinity of the main railway station. With a length of 147 m and a tower height of 157 m, is one of the largest Gothic churches on the world.

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The Temple of Hagia Sofia in Kiev
50.453, 30.514
194 m / 636 ft

#10 The Temple of Hagia Sofia in Kiev

Temple of Holy Wisdom

The Orthodox Church together with its surroundings is one of the most famous monuments of Kiev. The construction of the temple began in 1037, and nowadays serves as a museum. Among other things, the temple is included in the UNESCO list and is listed as one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. During socialism, there was a proposal for the destruction of the temple, which fortunately had never been done.

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64.142, -21.927
38 m / 125 ft

#11 Hallgrímskirkja

Tallest Church in Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja is a church in Reykjavik. With its height of 74.5 meters, it is one of the tallest buildings in Iceland. It was named after Hallgrímur Pétursson. Designed by architect Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937. Its construction began in 1945, and 38 years later, in 1986, it was completed. With its location in the city center became one of its symbols.

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Ulm Minster
48.399, 9.993
481 m / 1 578 ft

#12 Ulm Minster

The Tallest Church of the World

Ulm Minster is a Lutheran dome in the German city of Ulm, built in Gothic style. In the church sense, it is not a cathedral because this church has never been the seat of a bishop. Originally, it was a Catholic dome, and during the Reformation it went into the hands of Protestants. Thanks to a 161.5 meter high tower, it is the tallest church in the world. The dome is 123 m long and 48 m wide. It covers approximately 8260 m². Its construction began in 1377 and was completed in 1890.

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Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow
55.745, 37.605
132 m / 433 ft

#13 Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow

The largest orthodox church in the world

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was built between 1839-1883 in honor of the victory of the Russians over Napoleon. Stalin let him down in 1931, but after the fall of the regime, the temple was rebuilt in the same place, and on December 31, 1999, he was ordained. It is the largest Russian church and the largest orthodox church in the world. It measures 103 m in height and holds up to 10,000 believers.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
48.208, 16.373
179 m / 587 ft

#14 St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

The most important Austrian cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is one of Vienna's most dominant landmarks. Thanks to the almost 137 meters high South Tower, you can see many places in Vienna from here. Nowadays it is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.

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Cathedral of St. Vitus
50.091, 14.401
251 m / 823 ft

#15 Cathedral of St. Vitus

The most important cathedral of the Czech Republic

Cathedral of St. Vitus is one of the most important church buildings in the Czech Republic. It is a distinct dominant of the Prague Castle with a tower nearly 97 meters high.

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Cathedral of St. Stephen in Passau
48.574, 13.465
311 m / 1 020 ft

#16 Cathedral of St. Stephen in Passau

The cathedral with the largest organs in Europe

St. Stephen cathedral is located in the Domplatz Square between the Danube and the Inns rivers. It has three towers with green-colored dunes. The church became the cathedral, the site of the Bishop's Department, in the first half of the 8th century, when a bishopric was established in Passau. The interior of the three-aisled church is the largest inner Baroque space north of the Alps. It is decorated with rich stucco and paintings.

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Notre Dame in Rouen
49.443, 1.099
17 m / 56 ft

#17 Notre Dame in Rouen

The largest cathedral in France

There are many Notre Dame churches in France and some know only Notre Dame in Paris. The Notre Dame in Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned, is the largest in France. By 1880, it was the tallest building in the world with its 151-meter-high tower. In the Cathedral there are some of the remains of English King Richard I the Lion Heart. The construction began in 1020 and was completed in 1506

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Dome of Our Lady Assumption
43.723, 10.396
5 m / 16 ft

#18 Dome of Our Lady Assumption

The magnificent cathedral next to Leaning Tower

The Italian city of Pisa is famous for its "Leaning Tower". But only few visitors know that the beautiful five-lingled Romanesque basilica with an elliptical dome was first built in Piazza dei Miracoli. The surrounding buildings were only an associated part of the highest sanctuary. The construction of the Duomo di Pisa, as the local abbreviation is called, began in 1064 and was completed for about 100 years. The creation of this building inspired other temples throughout the Tuscan region.

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