Temples around the world differ in surprising architectural diversity.

The architecture of temples has a very rich and controversial history, which, however, shows that it began with the construction of temples and spread all the architectural innovation, new styles and trends around the world. Have survived the magnificent places of worship of the great civilizations of the ancient world. And also there were many amazing architectural designs of modern religious structures.


Lutheran Church in Reykjavik - the fourth tallest building in Iceland. The project was developed by the church in 1937 by architect Gudyounom Samuelson. For the construction of the church took 38 years. The church is located in the center of Reykjavik, and is visible from any part of the city. She became one of the main attractions of the city, and is also used as a survey platform.

Las Lajas Cathedral

One of the most visited churches in Colombia. Construction of the temple was completed in 1948. Neo-Gothic cathedral was built directly on the 30-meter arch bridge connecting the two sides of a deep gorge. care of the temple are two Franciscan community, a - Colombia, the other - Ecuador. Thus, the cathedral of Las Lajas was the key to peace and union between the two South American nations.


Concrete pilgrimage church, built in 1950-55 years. in the French city Ronshan. The architect Le Corbusier, not being religious, has agreed to undertake the project, provided that the Catholic Church will give him complete freedom of creative expression. Initially, non-standard building caused violent protests by local residents who refused to submit to the temple water and electricity, but so far the tourists who come to see him, became a major source of income ronshantsev.

Jubilee church

Or the Church of the Merciful God the Father - is a community center in Rome. It was built by architect Richard Meier in 1996-2003 in order to revive the life of the residents. The temple is built of reinforced concrete on a triangular area on the border of the city park and surrounded by a 10-storey residential and public buildings of a population of about 30,000 inhabitants.

St. Basil's Cathedral

The Orthodox Church is located on the Red Square in Moscow. The well-known monument of Russian architecture and one of the most famous sights in Russia. It was built in 1555-1561 by order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the victory over Kazan khanate. According to legend, the architects of the cathedral were blinded on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, so that they could not build more like a temple.

Milan Cathedral

The world-famous fourth-largest church in the world located in the heart of Milan and is its symbol. This late-miracle, which contains a forest of spiers and statues, marble columns and pointed turrets. White marble cathedral was built over five centuries.

Church of the Holy Family

The church in Barcelona, which is based on private donations since 1882, is a project of the famous Antonio Gaudi. The unusual appearance of the temple made ​​him one of the main attractions of Barcelona. However, due to the complexity of manufacturing of masonry structures, the cathedral will be able to finish no earlier than 2026.

Church of Paraportiani

Blinding whiteness of the church is located on the Greek island of Mykonos. The temple was built in 15-17 centuries and consists of five separate churches, four churches were built on the ground, and the fifth is based on these four.

Stavkirka in Borgunne

One of the oldest surviving frame churches in Norway. Metal parts in the construction stavkirki Borgund not used. A number of parts that make up the church, more than 2000. Sturdy frame racks built on the ground and then raised to a vertical position by means of long poles. Built in Stavkirka Borgunne presumably in 1150-80 years.

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral Catholic Archdiocese of Brasilia was built in the style of modernism designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer. In 1988 Oscar Niemeyer received the Pritzker Prize for a project of the Council. The building consists of 16 hyperboloid towers symbolizing the hands upraised to heaven. The space between the columns, stained-glass windows closed.

Grundtvig's Church

Lutheran Church, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is one of the most famous churches in the city, and a rare example of a religious building, built in the style of Expressionism. Call for Proposals of the future of the church won in 1913 the architect Peder Clint. Construction lasted from 1921 to 1926.

Cathedral - Basilica of small Glorious Mother of God

This is the highest in Latin America, the Catholic Cathedral. Its height is 114 m + 10 m cross on top. The shape of the cathedral was founded under the influence of the Soviet satellites. The primary project of the cathedral invited Don Jaime Luiz Coelho, a church designed by the architect José Augusto Bellucci. Cathedral being constructed in the period from July 1959 to May 1972.

The Church of solace

Located in the Spanish city of Cordoba. While still a young church was designed by architectural firm Vicens + Ramos last year, according to the rules of strict minimalist canons. The only deviation from a strictly white gold is a wall on the site of the altar.

Church of St.. George

Cave Church entirely carved into the cliffs, is located in the Ethiopian town of Lalibela. The building is a cross of 25 to 25 meters and the same goes underground. This miracle was created in the 13th century on the orders of King Lalibela according to legend in 24 years. A total of 11 churches Lalibela entirely hewn in the rock and connected by tunnels.

Church of St. Joseph

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Chicago was built in 1956. Known in the world for 13 golden domes, symbolizing the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ.

Cathedral of Our Lady of tears

Cathedral in the form of concrete tent overlooking the Italian city of Syracuse. In the middle of last century on the site of the cathedral had lived an elderly couple who had a statue of the Madonna. Once the statue was "crying" human tears, rushed to the city of pilgrims from around the world. In honor of its huge cathedral was built, perfectly visible from any point of the city.

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Cathedral Zipaquirá Colombia carved in solid rock salt. By the altar is a dark tunnel. The height of the cathedral - 23 m, capacity - more than 10 thousand chelovek.Istoricheski in this place was mine, used by Indians to obtain salt. When the need for this was no longer on the site of the mine came the temple.

Cadet Chapel U.S. Air Force Academy

Located in Colorado in the military camp and training center branch of the U.S. Air Force Academy pilots. The monumental building of the chapel has created seventeen rows of steel frames, ending with peaks at about fifty yards. The building is divided into three levels, and in the halls of the place of service of the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths.

St. Michael's Monastery

One of the oldest monasteries in Kiev. Includes the newly built St. Michael's Cathedral, the refectory of the church St. John the Evangelist and the bell tower. It is assumed that St. Michael's Cathedral was the first temple with a gilt top, from which went to Russia, this kind of tradition.

Chapel of the crown of thorns

The wooden chapel is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA. The chapel was built in 1980 by architect E. Fay Jones. The building is bright and spacious chapel, a total of 425 windows.

The Arctic Cathedral

Lutheran church in the Norwegian city of Tromso. As planned by the architect, the building apparently consisting of two fused triangular structures, covered with aluminum plates, should cause an association with an iceberg.
Painted Church in Arbor

Painted churches - the most famous architectural landmarks of Moldova. Churches are decorated with frescoes and the outside and inside. Each of these churches has been on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Mosque in Tirana

The project is a cultural center in the Albanian capital Tirana, which will include a mosque, an Islamic cultural center and museum of religious harmony. International competition for the project last year won the Danish architectural firm BIG.
Chapel of the farmers

A concrete chapel on the edge of the field near the German city of Mehernih was built by local farmers in honor of the patron saint of Bruder Klaus.

Inflatable church

Dutch philosopher Los Frank (Frank Los) invented an inflatable church Transparent Church, which you can build anywhere in the world and under all conditions: at festivals, private parties and other mass events. Inflatable Church can easily fit in the trunk of the car and disassembled accommodates about 30 parishioners.


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