Traveling to new destinations, especially to the continent of Europe? You must not miss out on its exclusive collection of beautiful churches and cathedrals that the continent really boasts of. Churches are not only just places of worship. They have incredible architectural elements, they are of great importance to the citizen of a place and they look absolutely stunning. Our planet has so many wonderful cathedrals and beautiful churches and here we have listed down below some of the most brilliant among them that must be on every traveler’s bucket list for sure.
Most Beautiful Churches And Cathedrals In The World:
Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), Munich:
Standing on the small hill of Petersberg, St. Peter’s Church is the oldest parish church in Munich and is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. It is assumed that the church is the originating point of the whole city and the tower of the church is a symbol of the city of Munich. The church has a Bavarian Romanesque style architecture that was expanded in Gothic style in the year 1327. Later in the 17th century, it got some alteration and a new Baroque choir was added. The church has gone through many building and destruction phases and the latest reconstruction work has just finished in 2000. Excellent Baroque and Rococo features on the inside, Erasmus Grasser’s figure of Saint Peter on the high altar, and five spectacular Gothic paintings by Jan Polack are the main attractions of the church.
Climb up to the top of the Church’s tower which is fondly called Alter Peter to get a great view of the city and the view all the way to the Alps.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Kiev:
This beautiful church complex is one of the first things in Kiev, Ukraine that travelers head to pay a visit to. Not only churches, but there are also bell towers, subterranean caves inside the complex. The complex also is known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. It is an Eastern Orthodox Christian Monastery that got founded back in 1051. Together with Saint Sophia Cathedral, it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come here to witness the marvel of the Ukrainian Baroque architecture and cathedrals, the restored Dormition Church, and the old man-made caves. It is one of the remarkable landmarks in Kiev that you must not miss out on.
Cathedral Da Sé, Sao Paulo:
Do you think, beautiful churches can only be seen in Europe? Then you must visit this South American cathedral which boasts of stunning architecture. Once you get there, explore the incredible architecture of Cathedral da Sé. The construction of this cathedral which is also known as the Cathedral of Sao Paulo was inspired by the Cathedral of Florence’s Renaissance dome. You will be shocked to know that almost 800 tons of the rarest marble were used in its construction. This 20th-century cathedral with beautiful gothic architecture must be on your Sao Paulo Itinerary.
Panagia Paraportiani, Mykonos:
One of the best places to visit in Mykonos, Panagia Paraportiani is a historic and religious site that is located in the neighborhood of Kastro just in the town of Chora. ‘Panagia Paraportiani’ literally means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in Greek which justifies its location at the entrance of the Kastro neighborhood just along the coastline. You must have visited many churches but what makes this church a must-visit attraction is its unusual construction. There is not only a single church. There is actually a series of five churches that are joined together. Dating back to the 14th century, the whitewashed buildings look so alluring from a distance, and that the first four churches set the base for the fifth church that has basically been built above those four churches is a quite unique constructional feature to witness.
The Cathedral Of Bern, Bern, Switzerland:
Bern Minster or the Cathedral of Bern which is a famous attraction of the Old City needs a special mention. This Gothic-style sandstone cathedral is the tallest cathedral and one of the most beautiful churches in Switzerland and its viewing deck on the 330ft tall tower provides you an outstanding view of the Old City and the Bernese Oberland.
Bern Minster’s beautiful tall spire is an important part of Bern’s skyline and the late-medieval church whose construction began in the year 1421 has huge significance in the city’s history as well as its culture.
Its highly ornate western doorway, the nave, the choir are magnificent. The choir stalls are considered the first Renaissance work of art in Bern. In the south aisle, you can see a Baroque organ with a total of 5,404 pipes.
If you just want to visit the cathedral, no fee is to be paid for the tour but if you want to visit the tower, a small entrance fee is charged for that. Definitely a must-visit during your Europe travel.
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow:
A cultural symbol of the country and a true visual treat, this colorful onion-shaped domed cathedral is one of the city’s major attractions. Built from 1555 to 1561 commissioned by Ivan the Terrible, this cathedral is built in such a way that it looks like flames of a bonfire rising into the sky. Famous for its unparalleled architectural style, unusual color combination, and path-breaking layout, St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Moscow and also is one of the quirkiest and most beautiful churches of all. Today it serves as a museum and you need to get into the cathedral to admire its intricate indoor work and fantastic interior.