26 Nov The most impressive sacred buildings you have ever seen
When travelling, we are able to visit so many places on the globe. Sacred buildings and worship places are often the important sights or landmarks of the respective city or region. Depending from the place of residence, you can marvel religious influences and legacies, which often endured many centuries and are today contemporary witnesses. It does not matter, in the European realms, if we focus on the big cathedrals or the partly huge temple facilities, which can be found in the Asian area, as well as the impressive architectural masterpieces from the Islamic world.
If you go a few steps back in the history, we will even today be able to find remains of big sacred buildings of the Egyptians, Aztects or the Mayas. For your next trip, we will hand over to you a list of different impressive religious buildings and cities.
Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain: The Benedictine abbey was already established in 1025. The special location on a height of 721 metres in the eponymous mountain, about 40km northwest of Barcelona in the very south of the Comarca Bages, make this sacred building special. In addition, the black figure of Madonna (Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is one of the unique features of this church building.
Al-Masdschid al-Harām, Saudi Arabia: The mosque makes up, together with the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the three most important holy of the Islam. The mosque offers space for more than 800,000 person in its courtyard, and is currently being extended to a capacity of 1.2 million. Not only dimensions, but also costs for this mega project are incredible.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia: Is the biggest temple complex of the Hindus on the Asian continent. The unique architecture is to date something very special for every visitor. Even when many parts of the temple complexes are prone to decay, you can nowadays very well imagine how the temples have looked like in its best time. A new gigantic Hindu construction is due to soon replace Angkor Wat as the biggest sacred construction of the Hindus. Already in 2018, Viraat Ramayan Mandin is set to be finished in India.
Vatican, Vatican City: The centre of the Catholic church has a whole conglomerate of important and impressive sacral buildings. Some of them are the Sistine Chapel or the St. Peter’s Basilica. However, the Vatican museums are also a great opportunity to get to know more about the history of this place.
Temple city Bagan, Burma: The old historical city of the king has more than 2,000 temples, which have an area of about 36 square kilometres and makes one of the biggest archeological cities of Southeast Asia. The city is popular travel destination among tourists.