MOST STUNNING CATHEDRALS

I am no Architect but ever since I was a child I have always been fascinated by cathedrals and up to this day cathedrals still gives me that feeling. I really can’t explain the way I feel when I see or enter a massive and beautiful cathedral, the one that you look up the ceiling and feel like you are already in heaven, the kind that you step it and believe it or not automatically feel God’s presence rush through you. Now those are a few feelings I get when it comes to cathedrals so today I will be sharing with you images of the most beautiful cathedrals from around the globe (mostly across Europe i mean). I hope I am not the only one out there who adores cathedral buildings.

Notre Dame Cathedral is arguably the most stunning gothic cathedral in the world– and is undoubtedly the most famous. Conceived in the 12th century and completed in the 14th, Notre Dame Cathedral was the very heartbeat of medieval Paris. After a period of neglect, it recaptured the popular imagination when 19th-century writer Victor Hugo immortalized it in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Dramatically crowning the heights of the Montmartre quarter, the Sacre Coeur Basilica is a relative newcomer to Paris. Built on the site of a Benedictine Abbey destroyed during the French Revolution of 1789, Sacre Coeur was completed in 1919, shortly after the close of the first world war. In contrast with the gothic style of Notre Dame or Sainte-Chapelle, the Sacre Coeur was built in a gawdy Romano-Byzantine style, and its interior is awash with gold leaf and other flamboyant decorative elements. Come here for breathtaking views of the city and for a glimpse of a very particular architectural model.

Built between 1532 and 1642, the Saint-Eustache church sits in the heart of the city, between Les Halles and the Rue Montorgueil district. On first glance, the church’s facade closely resembles Notre Dame Cathedral as it shares its large transept. The eclectic design features both Renaissance-era decorative elements and a classic gothic design. Its unfinished appearance is oddly charming.

The church’s immense organ counts at least 8000 pipes and was used by musical luminaries including Franz Listz and Berlioz to compose many of their key works. Concerts continue to be held regularly at the church to this day.

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River.

The cathedral is of gothic revival architecture and was built from January 1, 1916 to August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers, replacing an old nineteenth-century chapel. The name Laja comes from the name of a type of flat sedimentary rock similar to floor tiles found in the Andes Mountains. There was a claim that in one such stone, an apparition of the Virgin Mary was seen.

One of the most beautiful cathedrals I have seen lies in the heart of Milan….The Duomo. Its vast, eerie-aired open spaces create a very mysterious and ominous atmosphere.

Here Are 79 Beautiful Churches Across Europe. Absolutely stunning.

1. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow (Russia)

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2. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona (Spain)

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3. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Turkije)

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4. Kölner Dom, Cologne (Germany)
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5. Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, Sevilla (Spain)
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6. Borgund stavkirke, Borgund (Norway)
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7. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence (Italy)
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8. St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade (Serbia)
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9. Winchester Cathedral, Winchester (England)
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10. Notre Dame, Paris (France)
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11. Duomo, Milan (Italy)
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12. Pechersk Lavra, Kiev (Ukraine)
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13. Basilica di San Marco, Venice (Italy)
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14. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Wenen (Austria)
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15. Chartres Cathedral, Chartres (France)
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16. Cadiz Cathedral, Cadiz (Spain)
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17. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn (Estonia)
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18. Notre-Dame of Amiens, Amiens (France)
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19. St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest (Hungary)
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20. Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp (Belgium)
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21. Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Padova (Italy)
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22. Bruges Cathedral, Bruges (Belgium)
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23. Hallgrimur Church, Reykjavik (Iceland)

24. Notre-Dame de l’Immaculee-Conception, Lourdes (France)
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25. Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City
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26. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels (Belgium)
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27. Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, Assisi (Italy)
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28. Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent (Belgium)
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29. Duomo Santa Maria, Pisa (Italy)
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30. Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Freiburg (Germany)
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31. Nagy Zsinagóga, Budapest (Hungary)
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32. Speyer Dom, Speyer (Germany)
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33. Catedral de Santa Eulàlia, Barcelona (Spain)
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34. Santa María la Real de La Almudena, Madrid (Spain)
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35. St Paul’s Cathedral, London (England)
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36. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow (Russia)
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37. St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague (Czech Republic)
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38. Echmiatsin Cathedral, Echmiatsin (Armenia)
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39. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtscheta (Georgia)
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40. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée, Monaco (Monaco)
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41. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
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42. Oudenbosch Basilica, Oudenbosch (The Netherlands)

43. Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp (France)

44. Saint John’s Cathedral, Den Bosch (The Netherlands)

45. Beauvais Cathedral, Beauvais (France)
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46. Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Metz, Metz (France)
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47. St. Andrew’s Church, Kiev (Ukraine)
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48. Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire (England)
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49. Ulm Cathedral, Ulm (Germany)
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50. Temppeliaukion Kirkko, Helsinki (Finland)

51. Utrecht Cathedral, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

52. Riga Cathedral, Riga (Latvia)
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53. Santuario di San Besso, Ronco Canavese (Italy)
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54. Basilica of Sts. Stanisław and Vaclav, Kraków (Poland)
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55. Westminster Abbey, London (England)
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56. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris (France)
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57. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon (Portugal)
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58. Aglona Basilica, Aglona (Latvia)
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59. Meteora, Kalambaka (Greece)
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60. Le Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy (France)
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61. Chiesa di Dio Padre Misericordioso, Rome (Italy)
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62. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool (England)
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63. Catedral de León, León (Spain)
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64. Taidekappeli, Turku (Finland)
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65. Wieskirche, Wies (Germany)
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66. Durham Cathedral, Durham (England)
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67. St. Stephan’s Church, Istanbul (Turkey)
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68. St. Mark’s Church, Belgrade (Serbia)
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69. Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim (Norway)
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70. Burgos Cathedral, Burgos (Spain)
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71. St. Bavochurch, Haarlem (The Netherlands)

72. Bremilham church, Malmesbury (England)

73. Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev (Ukraine)
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74. Sveti Jovan Kaneo, Ohrid (Macedonia)
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75. Stavanger domkirke, Stavanger (Norway)
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76. Kizhi Pogost, Kizhi (Russia)
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77. Esztergomi Bazilika, Esztergom (Hungary)
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78. Asamkirche, Munich (Germany)
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79. Graun Tower, Lago di Resia (Italy)
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I feel blessed just looking at these images.

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2 thoughts on “MOST STUNNING CATHEDRALS

  1. annetiffanie says:

    beautiful…..well befitting for our almighty King!

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