Religious buildings display some of the world’s greatest architecture, probably because man values his religion above most other things. Since the cathedrals, wats, and mosques are a visible expression of that religion, man invests much time, energy, and money into making these hallowed places magnificent.
There is no better place to see these incredible religious structures than Europe, the seat of Western Civilization for the last two thousand years. As you travel throughout Europe, you will be amazed at the beautiful and ornate extravagance that has been invested in these buildings.
The following photos represent some of the very best of these structures and are all excellent places to visit:
In France, you will find
In Italy, you will find cathedrals everywhere. Some of the most important and most beautiful are listed below. In Rome you can see
In Assisi, there is the very famous
and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world can be found in Milan.
There are also some beautiful churches in England; London has several
and, of course, there is the famous
In Scotland, the most famous church is
Spain is another country with a wealth of beautiful churches. El Escorial, northwest of Madrid, was both a church and a royal residence
Another view of this great structure
In Seville is Spain’s largest cathedral with its distinctive bell tower
In Salamanca, the Old and New Cathedrals are physically connected
Segovia’s Cathedral has lovely spires and appears graceful
while in Avila the Cathedral is built into the walls of the city
and the Basilica of the Holy Blood
in the corner of Burg Square. Its interior is very
Moving further east, we can admire Stephansdom in Vienna
with its distinctive roof tiles
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Its famous cathedral, St Vitus, is located within the Prague Castle complex
and St Nicholas Church which occupies a corner of the square
In Budapest, St Mathias Church is associated with the castle
In Switzerland, you will marvel at the Munster in Bern, with its interesting door carving of heaven and hell
as well as the Church of Saints Peter & Paul
Another beautiful church is found in Arlesheim. The Cathedral here is lovely on the outside
My favorite church in Germany is the Wieskirche, a small but lovely church near the southern terminus of the Romantic Road.
The spectacular interior looks like this.
Greece isn’t known for its churches but this one in Santorini is beautiful..