Even the most humble church can, of course, be an amazing and spiritual place with a deep personal connection to many people. However, when it comes to architecture and history there are some truly breathtaking buildings around the world that have been constructed in the name of God and made a cultural impact mainly for their design. Here are a few of the most impressive examples from several completely different countries, each offering something unique to visitors and worshippers.
Of all the many traditional churches in the Italian capital of Rome, the ultra-modern-looking Jubilee Church is actually already 20 years old. Its unique curved design has two more functions besides looking futuristic – the walls are built to minimise the heat inside the building, and also to actively combat air pollution (which is done by chemicals in the concrete itself).
The Church of Hallgrímur
This imposing structure in ReykjavÃk, Iceland is the fourth tallest building in the country, standing at a height of almost 75 metres. It took nearly four decades to construct and was finally finished in 1986.
St. Augustine Parish
This unusual church in the Philippines was primarily designed to be earthquake-proof. Unfortunately, it took so long to complete that this design had to be put into practice many times. The first major earthquake it survived was in 1706, just two years into its construction, a process that eventually took a further 188 years.
Las Lajas Cathedral
This unique Colombian church was actually constructed in the middle of a huge ravine, above the Guaitara river where it flows near the Ecuador border. According to legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared here and the location has held religious significance in the region ever since.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
Having stood for almost half a millennium at the centre of Moscow’s Red Square, this incredibly colourful building looks more like the palatial home of a fabulously wealthy aristocrat, but it is in fact merely Russia’s most ostentatious and famous church.
Perhaps one of the best known churches ever constructed, this enormous and bizarre basilica has taken 134 years so far to construct, and its current architect plans to have the project finally complete another 10 years from now, finishing the work of Gaudi who famously designed it originally.