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The Most Beautiful Places of Worship

 Historically, places of worship are among the most monumental and labored-over architectural projects, which isn’t surprising given the important role of religion on the history of all the greatest human civilizations. Irrespective of the religious connotation, however, churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship are creative masterpieces. They’re all reflections of the architectural style of a specific culture and time, reminders of our ancestors, our past and present. Below you’ll find a great range of various places of worship from every corner of the planet, each magnificent and unique in its own right.

20 Magnificent Mosque Ceilings

These fantastic ceilings come from mosques all over the world and one must admit they are truly beautiful and complex but don't take our word, just see for yourself!
Churches are beautiful and peaceful places that always manage to put me in a relaxed state of mind. Perhaps it is their beauty or their design, but this amazing feeling is even more powerful at these 22 most iconic and majestic of churches. While I hope to visit them all one day, for now, I would just like to share images of these beautiful places with you.
When it comes to historical buildings, we usually imagine castles, towers, bricks, and mortar. Rarely do we think about the colors it might have. Here's an exception. The Nasir Al-Molk Mosque was built in 1876 in Shiraz, Iran. The specialized stained glass windows were built to capture the morning light and create a glorious and colorful display of light on the building's floor, earning it the name "Pink Mosque". 
Many of these churches date far back into history, from antiquity, through the Medieval period and Renaissance, all the way up to the Revolution and beyond. If you are planning a trip to France one day, or simply want to know more about the old country’s architectural heritage, this little guide to 12 of the greatest French Churches could be just what you need.
Quito, the capital city of the South American Republic of Ecuador, is home to some of the most ornate churches in the entire world. Particularly notable are the 17th-Century Jesuit church, named La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, and the 16th Century church and monastery called the Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco. Take a look at the astonishingly ornate interiors of both of these places of worship.
Norway offers unsurpassed natural riches, but the lucky tourist who comes to this great old Scandinavian nation can enjoy more than fjords, valleys, and forests. One thing that Norway is particularly famous for is its stave churches, built entirely from wood, and generally dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, when Norway was still quite young in the Christian faith (it was converted around 1030 AD). Here we count down arguably the 10 the most interesting stave churches to be found in Norway.
Whether you're religious or not, it's fair to say that these places of worship are absolutely worthy of your appreciation. Their dazzling architectural details, paired with their incredible materials and striking surroundings, are a joy to behold. Located all over the world, these beautiful buildings are bound to leave you speechless.
Mosques are a place of worship. They are places in which class, wealth, status and ethnicity disappear. Yet while many are off-limits to non-believers, many of Islam's largest, loveliest and most historic shrines are open to all. Take a look at 10 of the world's most beautiful mosques.

Every time you find yourself inside a marvelous church, it's common practice to spend a few moments with your head bowed down in quiet reflection. However, when you're ready, don't forget to shift your gaze up towards the heavens, and you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with what you see. Here are 16 pictures of some of the world's most stunning church ceilings.

A temple is defined as a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities. Not all religions, however, use this word to describe their houses of worship. Western Christian traditions almost never use the word "temple" (it's a church or a cathedral), but Eastern Christian traditions do with great frequency. Taking these conventions into account, here are the largest temples ever built.
Italy has some of the most beautiful structures in the world, and nowhere is it more apparent than in its old and beautiful churches, who are a wonder to behold for people of all faiths and creeds. This photo series gives us an inside look on the majestic art that lines the walls of these building wonders and uses HDR photography to highlight the light and shadow play, as well as bring out more hues in the subject matter.
Thailand has some of the most spectacular temples in all of Asia. Once you see the ten beautiful and impressive temples hidden in it, we're sure you’ll make them the main focus on your trip there. So, go ahead, what are you waiting for? Discover Thailand’s most magnificent temples!

Probably the main tourist attraction in Europe is its unique architecture, and cathedrals were always the culmination of European architectural genius, so much so that many of these works of art took centuries to complete. That’s why, on your next trip to Europe, make sure to drop by these top 10 outstanding cathedrals, or at least read through our article about them.

These houses of worship, be they shrines, churches, mosques or synagogues, are some of the world’s most imposing and breathtaking buildings in the world, drawing millions of tourists every year. And even though there are some truly amazing ancient temples left behind by our predecessors, we have decided to focus on active temples.
Western religious architecture is iconic, with many striking cathedrals and other places of worship being scattered all across the western world, but the amount of creativity and genius found in Asian religious architecture is no less impressive. Showcasing the uniqueness of religious architecture across Asia is this collection of drone photos by talented photographer Eleonora Costi.
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