Amazing churches in the world

Ulm Cathedral (German: Ulmer Münster) is a Lutheran church, the tallest church in the world, with a steeple measuring 161.53 m (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. Located in Ulm, Germany, the church is not a cathedral in the technical ecclesiastical sense, as it has never been the seat of a bishop

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary's Cathedral) is a historic cathedral in Lincoln in England and seat of the Diocese of Lincoln in the Church of England. It was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years (1300–1549), but the central spire collapsed in the sixteenth century and was not rebuilt

St. Olaf's church, Tallinn

St. Olaf’s church or St. Olav's church (Estonian: Oleviste kirik) in Tallinn, Estonia, is believed to have been built in the 12th century and to have been the centre for old Tallinn's Scandinavian community prior to the conquest of Tallinn by Denmark in 1219. Its dedication relates to King Olaf II of Norway (a.k.a. Saint Olaf, 995-1030).

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria) is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and is renowned as a monument of Christianity, of Gothic architecture and of the faith and perseverance of the people of the city in which it stands. It is dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Beauvais Cathedral

Beauvais Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais) is an incomplete cathedral located in Beauvais in northern France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Beauvais, Noyon and Senlis. It is, in some respects the most daring achievement of Gothic architecture, and consists only of a transept (sixteenth-century) and choir with apse and seven polygonal apsidal chapels (thirteenth century), which are reached by an ambulatory

St. Mary's church, Stralsund

Marienkirche (St. Mary's church) is located in Stralsund, northern Germany.

Built some time before 1298, it is architecturally Gothic, and was loosely modelled on St. Mary's Church in Lübeck. Between 1625 and 1647, it was the world's tallest building at 151 metres (500 ft) tall.

The bell tower collapsed in 1382, and was rebuilt by 1478. In 1495, the steeple tower blew down during a severe storm, and was then rebuilt taller. This was subsequently struck by lightning in 1647, and burned down, and was rebuilt as a baroque dome, which, completed in 1708, can be seen today. The tower is currently 104 metres (340 ft) tall

Rouen Cathedral

Rouen Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) is a Gothic cathedral in Rouen, in northwestern France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Rouen and Normandy.

Old St Paul's Cathedral

Old St. Paul's is a name used to refer to the Gothic cathedral in the City of London built between 1087 and 1314.[1] At its peak, the cathedral was the third longest church in Europe and had one of the tallest spires. The cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666, and the current domed St. Paul's Cathedral — in an English Baroque style — was subsequently erected on the site by Sir Christopher Wren

St. Nikolai, Hamburg

The Gothic Revival St. Nikolai's Church (German: St.-Nikolai-Kirche) was formerly one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen (main churches) in the city of Hamburg. It is now in ruins, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark. When Hamburgers mention the "Nikolaikirche", it is generally to this church that is referred, and not the new Hauptkirche of St. Nikolai which is located in the Harvestehude district.

The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second tallest building in Hamburg.

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg, German: Liebfrauenmünster zu Straßburg) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, France. Although considerable parts of it are still in Romanesque architecture, it is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high, or late, Gothic architecture

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen is located in Greater Poland in a village called Stary Lichen, near Konin.

The Sanctuary is Poland's largest church, the seventh largest in Europe and eleventh in the World. It was constructed between 1994 and 2004. The architect was Barbara Bielecka.

The Basilica was built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and receives a large number of pilgrims. It houses a 200-year-old painting known as the "Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland".

The church, rising 98 meters (central nave), 141,5 metres (church tower), is 120 metres long and 77 metres in width.

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral (German: Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. Its current Romanesque and Gothic form seen today, situated at the heart of Vienna, Austria in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147

13 Saint Peter's Church, Riga

Saint Peter's church is a tall church in Riga, Latvia. It was first built in 1209 as a church for the people. Enlarged in the beginning of 15th century (1409-...) by the mason Johann Rumeschottel of Rostock, who understood the way of Riga, and was first introduced in Marienkirche in Rostock. The current tower was completed in 1746. It was last restored before 1973. The tower was struck by lightning 6 times, and the tower collapsed on two of these occasions, in 1666 and again in 1721.

Before World War II it was the highest wooden building in Europe. During World War II the roof and the tower were damaged in a fire.

Soviet engineers restored the church in the 1970s, and installed an elevator that allows people to look out over the city of Riga from a height of about 70 metres.

The church is named after Saint Peter.

New Cathedral, Linz

The building of the New Cathedral (Germ. Neuer Dom), also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Maria-Empfängnis-Dom) in Linz was begun in 1855 by Bishop Franz Joseph Rudigier

St. Peter's Church, Hamburg

St. Peter's Church (German: St. Petri, German coll.: Petrikirche) is the oldest parish church in Hamburg, Germany. It is named after the Christian Apostle Peter, who the Catholic Church believes to be the first Pope. The church is located on Mönckebergstrasse and marks the highest point in Hamburg's Old Town.

St. Peter's Basilica

The Basilica of Saint Peter (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is located within the Vatican City. It occupies a "unique position" as one of the holiest sites and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom"

St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg

St. Michaelis, called Michel, is one of Hamburg's five main Protestant churches (Hauptkirchen) and the most famous church in the city.
St. Michaelis is a landmark of the city. It is dedicated to the archangel Michael. A large bronze statue, standing above the portal of the church shows the archangel conquering the devil.

Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey, at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England, was founded as a Benedictine monastery around 676 by the scholar-poet Aldhelm, a nephew of King Ine of Wessex.

 St. Martin's Church, Landshut

The Church of St. Martin in Landshut is a medieval church in that German city. St. Martin's Church, along with Castle Trausnitz and the celebration of the Landshuter Hochzeit (wedding), are the most important landmarks and historical activity of Landshut, Germany. This gothic church is the highest church in Bavaria and the highest brick building in the world, with a height of 130.6 meters (approx 428 feet).

St. Elisabeth's Church, Wroclaw

In Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland, St. Elizabeth's Church (Kosciól sw. Elzbiety, Sankt Elisabethkirche) was 130 meter high when built. The gothic structure dates back to the 14th century when building was assigned by the city of Breslau. It was destroyed by a heavy hail in 1529 and suffered damage by fire in 1976. During this unfortunate event, the church's renowned organs went up in flames. Its main tower is now only 91 meters high.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, (French: Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal), is a Roman Catholic basilica on the northern slope of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Martinikerk (Martin's church) is a church in Groningen, The Netherlands. The church and its associated tower (the Martinitoren) are named after Saint Martin of Tours (316 - 397), the patron saint of the Archbishopric of Utrecht to which Groningen belongs.

St. Jacobi, Hamburg

The St. Jacobi church is one of the five principal Lutheran churches of Hamburg, Germany. The church is located directly in the city center, has a 125 m tall tower and features a famous organ by Arp Schnitger from 1693.

St. Mary's Church, Lübeck

The Protestant Marienkirche (St. Mary's church) in Lübeck (German: Lübecker Marienkirche or officially Marien zu Lübeck: St Mary's of Lübeck) was constructed between 1250 and 1350. For many years it has been a symbol of the power and prosperity of the old Hanseatic city, and as Germany's third largest church it remains the tallest building of the old part of Lübeck. It is larger than Lübeck Cathedral . Along with the city, the church has been listed by UNESCO as of cultural significance.

Cathedral of Maringá

Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Glória (or simply Catedral de Maringá [Cathedral of Maringá]) is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in downtown Maringá, Paraná, Brazil, measuring 124 m high. It was completed in 1972 and is the tallest church in South America and the 16th tallest in the world.

Cathedral of Our Lady (Antwerp)

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, or the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, was started in 1351 and, although the first stage of construction was ended in 1521, has never been 'completed'. In Gothic style, its architects were Jan and Pieter Appelmans. It contains a number of significant works by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, as well paintings by artists such as Otto van Veen, Jacob de Backer and Marten de Vos.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture.The main body was completed in only 38 years.

Saint Peter's Church, Riga
Saint Peter's church is a tall church in Riga, Latvia. It was first built in 1209 as a church for the people. Enlarged in the beginning of 15th century (1409-...) by the mason Johann Rumeschottel of Rostock, who understood the way of Riga, and was first introduced in Marienkirche in Rostock. The current tower was completed in 1746. It was last restored before 1973. The tower was struck by lightning 6 times, and the tower collapsed on two of these occasions, in 1666 and again in 1721.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia. The fortress, originally built under Peter the Great and designed by Domenico Trezzini, is the first and oldest landmark in St. Petersburg, built between 1712 and 1733 on Zayachy Island along the Neva River. Peter's main reason for building the fort was for protection against a potential attack by the Swedish navy during the Great Northern War.


The Abbaye aux Hommes ("Men's Abbey") is a former abbey church in the French city of Caen. Dedicated to Saint Etienne, it is considered, along with the neighbouring Abbaye-aux-Dames, to be one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy. Like all the big abbeys in Normandy, it was a Benedictine one. Lanfranc before being archbishop of Canterbury, was the abbot of Saint-Etienne.

Church of Our Lady, Bruges

The Church of Our Lady (Dutch: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) in Bruges, Belgium, dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its tower, at 122,3 meters in height, remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world (the tallest brickwork tower in the world being the Chrysler Building). In the choir space behind the high altar are the tombs of Charles the Bold, last Valois Duke of Burgundy, and his daughter, the duchess Mary. The gilded bronze effigies of both father and daughter repose at full length on polished slabs of black stone. Both are crowned, and Charles is represented in full armor and wearing the decoration of the Order of the Golden Fleece

 Basilica of San Gaudenzio
The Basilica of San Gaudenzio is a church in Novara, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is the highest point in the city. It is dedicated to Gaudentius of Novara, first Christian bishop of the city.

It was built between 1577 and 1690 following the destruction of the old Basilica, ordered by emperor Charles V.

Riverside Church
The Riverside Church in the City of New York is an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church in New York City, famous not only for its elaborate Gothic architecture — which includes the world's largest carillon — but also as a center for the promotion of progressive causes. It is situated in Morningside Heights, Manhattan between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue and between 120th Street and 122nd Street

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