All over the world, there are exquisite houses of worship that don’t just have religious and spiritual significance – they’re aesthetically works of art in their own right. No matter what your religion is, it’s hard to deny the majestic beauty of each and every one of these sites of worship.
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple in India
India is known for doing things vibrantly, and it’s no different with their Temples. Composed of thousands of colorful statues of deities, animals, and demons, this place of worship is really a piece of art. The 10-day long Chithirai Festival is celebrated here to honor the marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareswara, a divine marriage that is the most important in Hindu culture.
2. Paro Taktsang Temple in Bhutan
This temple must be a mission to get to – it’s located on the side of a rocky, 10,000 foot cliff, above a majestic waterfall! It’s know as the tiger’s lair, and when you see it, it’s easy to see why it got that nickname. It’s apparently the holiest site in Bhutan, an many people have spiritual awakenings of sorts there – it can even be reached by foot!
3. Saint-Pierre Church in France
The architecture on this church in France is a little more contemporary – it was designed by the famous Le Corbusier, a revolutionary Swiss-French icon in contemporary architecture. Alas, the actual church was only completed 41 years after his death, in 2006. The space is massive and although it was a place of worship, it houses mostly cultural events nowadays.
4. St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia
There’s nothing more beautiful than this eye-catching and majestic cathedral on a blue summer day. It’s located in Red Square, in Moscow. Today it’s more of a national landmark and sight-seeing destination than an active cathedral, and it was actually built by Ivan The Terrible.