A Land of JOY: 21 World’s Best Places of Worship

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Religious spots across the globe are incorporating top-notch architectural designs. This has left the world amazed by the spectacular and unique structures that emerge in different parts of the world. This statement makes many people start compiling a list of the most beautiful places of Worship around the world. Sadly, this process isn’t as simple as it sounds. Worry not, below are world’s best places of worship worth checking out:

{ 21 } St. Benedict & St. Scholastica Chapel (Pambujan, Philippines)

St. Benedict & St. Scholastica Chapel
Image by Arc Hello
This is a very simple and colorful place of worship. However, its simplicity has made it be ranked among the most splendid places of worship in Pambujan, Philippines. It is characterized by an open wide sky. Make an effort of checking out this chapel and find out why it is included on this list.

{ 20 } Wat Rong Khun (Thailand)

Wat Rong Khun Chiangrai Thailand
Photography by Piyaphon Phemtaweepon
It is commonly referred to as the White Temple. As the name suggests, this temple is painted all white. The white color symbolizes a meditation site. That’s not all; Wat Rong Khun exhibits different kinds of art and top-notch architectural design. People travel across the globe to come and admire this beautiful place of worship.

{ 19 } Cardedeu (El Salvador)

Skewed Concrete Chapel Mountainside in El Salvador
Skewed Concrete Chapel by EMC Arquitectura via Dezeen
Cardedeu in El Salvador is a very unique place of worship. It is considered a place of self-reflection that helps bring back faith. This religious location is located in a serene location that allows you to admire its surrounding atmosphere. Cardedeu is actually one of the calmest places of worship across the globe.

{ 18 } Grand Mosque (Mecca)

Grand Mosque Mecca
Grand Mosque in Mecca Photo by Saeed W Ph Emad
The Grand Mosque in Mecca is considered both a religious place of worship by Muslims and still a tourist attraction site. Tens of thousands of Muslims visit this religious pilgrimage daily. The architectural design and the structure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca amaze people. Statistics indicate Mecca is among the most visited places in the world.

{ 17 } Wat Asokaram Temple (Samut Prakan, Thailand)

Wat Asokaram Temple
Wat Asokaram Image by Khanthachai C
The all white Buddhist temple is ranked among the top tourist attraction sites in Samut Prakan and Thailand at large. The combination of art, sculpture, and painting in the Wat Asokaram temple makes it look very beautiful. This is the reason this Buddhist temple is among the most beautiful worship places around the world.

{ 16 } Hallgrimskirkja (Iceland)

Hallgrimskirkja Iceland
Lutheran Church of Iceland photo by Wikipedia
This is a perfect example of a place of worship which has incorporated technology in its architectural design. The Hallgrimskirkja Church in Iceland can be seen glowing at night. This gives you the urge to admire its architectural design during the day. Additionally, this religious pot radiates warmth during the cold climate.

{ 15 } Russian Monastery of St. George (Gotschendorf, Germany)

Russian Monastery of St. George
Architect by TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten
As the name suggests, the Russian Monastery of St. George follows the traditional Russian Architectural design. However, this religious spot is located in Gotschendorf, Germany not Russia. You will easily notice this religious spot when walking through Gotschendorf town. The Russian design makes it outshine numerous places of worship across the globe.

{ 14 } St. Basil Cathedral (Moscow, Russia)

St. Basil Cathedral
St. Basil cathedral in Moscow deserves to be ranked the most colorful cathedral in Russia and the world at large. The colors surrounding this religious spot focus on giving it a traditional look. Anyone who carefully observes the St. Basil’s Cathedral will notice it looks somehow like candy.

{ 13 } Ribbon Chapel (Onomichi, Japan)

Ribbon Chapel
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As the name suggests, this Chapel has been given a ribbon-like look. This is the reason, wedding ceremonies are frequently held in this chapel. The architectural design of the Ribbon Chapel is marvelous. Surprisingly, this is the leading tourist attraction site in this Onomichi and Japan in general.

{ 12 } Notre Dame Basilica (Montreal)

Notre Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Photography by Wichan Yingyongsomsawas
There is no religious spot that beats Notre Dame Basilica in terms of places of worship in Montreal. The interior design of this Basilica is a combination of different colors and materials used to make this religious spot look marvelous. Numerous people travel from all over the world just to admire the interior design of the Notre Dame Basilica.

{ 11 } Basilica Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

Basilica Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. A look at this place of worship will leave your mouth wide open. This is because of the top-notch architectural structure you will see. This religious spot definitely deserves a spot among the beautiful worship places across the globe.

{ 10 } BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Atlanta, Georgia)

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Georgia
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This is actually the biggest Hindu temple in the United States of America. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple is surrounded by water canal that occupies a significant amount of space in the front view. Additionally, art, sculptures, and paint have been used to give this Hindu temple a marvelous look.

{ 9 } Bishop Selwyn Chapel (Auckland, New Zealand)

Bishop Selwyn Chapel
Opening and Dedication of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel Via Auckanglican
New Zealand has taken architectural designs to another level. This is because it houses the famous Selwyn Chapel. This chapel is unique as it is made of huge glass doors. These glass doors have been given a vaulted interior to bar them from breaking easily.

{ 8 } Las Lajas Sanctuary (Narino, Colombia)

Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Ever heard about the famous religious sanctuary that looks as if it is defying the law of gravity? If yes, you must be reading about the famous Las Lajas Sanctuary. It is located in Narino, Colombia. The beauty of this religious spot can be admired from top of the valley as it was built on the lowlands.

{ 7 } Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Bhutan’s Paro Valley)

Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Famous Cliffside Monastery in Bhutan Photo by Baron Reznik
It is difficult to set up any structure at the edge of any valley. Well, Taktsang Palphug monastery has defied these odds and was established at the edge of Bhutan’s Paro Valley. Additionally, this religious spot was built using colorful materials that make it noticeable from miles away.

{ 6 } Temple of Heaven (Beijing, China)

Temple of Heaven China
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The Heaven’s temple in Beijing, China is one of a kind. First, it is the only structure around where it is built. Secondly, it is a blend of different kind of materials, artistic descriptions and above all symbols. Check out this marvelous Heaven’s temple while in Beijing China.

{ 5 } The Golden Temple (Amritsar, India)

The Golden Temple
Golden Temple Aerial 4K Video by Arjin Uppal
The Golden temple definitely deserves to be on the list of the most beautiful worship places across the globe. This is because it is designed to look like it floats in the middle of River Amritsar.

{ 4 } Park Plaza Synagogue (Chicago, USA)

Park Plaza Chicago Illinois Synagogue
Chicago in the United States of America is privileged to house a top rated beautiful place of worship across the globe. The park plaza Synagogue became a top class structure since its exterior and part of its interior was given that modern flourish look.

{ 3 } Sultanahmet Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey)

Blue Mosque Istanbul
ou need to go inside to see why it is called the ‘Blue Mosque’ by Istanbul Tour Studio
Sultanahmet is the only mosque in Turkey to be built using more than 20,000 handmade tiles. Additionally, it has an ancient look that makes it stand out when compared to other religious spots in Istanbul and Turkey in large. Make an effort of visiting the Sultanahmet Mosque when in Istanbul.

{ 2 } Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Sheikh Zayed Mosque
located in Abu Dhabi, Photo by Insiders UAE
It’s no surprise that the United Arab Emirates houses one of the most beautiful religious structures in the world. The United Arab Emirates in general houses a lot of top-notch architectural designs. Abu Dhabi is privileged to house the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

{ 1 } Hazrat Sultan Mosque (Kazakhstan)

Hazrat Sultan Masjid, Astana, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is privileged to house one of the most beautiful Mosques the world has ever seen. This is the reason Hazrat Sultan Mosque is considered a jewel by anyone living in Astana, the capital city of Astana. Anyone who comes across this mosque will appreciate its top-notch architectural design and the art incorporated in this religious structure.

These are some of the beautiful religious sites worth checking out globally.

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