Churches have always fascinated me right from the ones in Yash Chopra movies to the ones in post cards sent by my relatives from abroad. They are such rich in history and have intricately beautiful architecture that is blessed with serenity! The sheer image Mother Mary holding the tiny Jesus so closely epitomizes motherhood and fills your soul. Hence, I have put together 5 most breath-taking chapels that you must visit in your lifetime.
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St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Located on the top of Ludgate Hill, which is the highest point of London City, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. This Christopher Wren creation consists of a huge dome, which is framed by sky-high spires. The tourists are allowed to climb on the top and enjoy some of the spectacular views of the city. You will fall in love with the peculiar acoustic effects of the Whispering Gallery, which is located inside of the dome.
St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
St Basil’s Cathedral is an iconic monument of Moscow’s skyline. The Russian Orthodox Church boosts numerous attention-grabbing towers that are topped with colourful and tapering domes. These towers are arranged in an eight-point star shape. It is believed that the church was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible, who had blinded the architect of the structure to prevent him from designing anything as beautiful as this monument.
Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Supposedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelone, Temple de la Sagrada Familia is a flamboyant structure. On the other hand it is an unfinished masterpiece and was designed by renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Even today the structure remains in a state of incompletion and is expected to be completed by the year 2026. The structure demonstrates the distinctive style of the architect, who has incorporated elaborate touches in his designs such as porticos decorated with chameleons, turtles and tortoises. The design has a facade which looks quite similar to a bare stone skeleton.
Chapel of St. Gildas, France
The Chapel of St. Gildas rests on the banks of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. The structure looks like a stone barn and has a base of a bare rocky cliff. It is considered a holy place of the Druids. According to the old folklore, Gildas has travelled across the Celtic world of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Corwall and finally arrived in Brittany in around AD 540. It is here where he had preached Christianity to the people and hence designed the chapel.
St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel, Finland
St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel looks like an upturned boat. It is located among the pine-covered promontories of Hirvensalo. The structure blends extremely well into the landscape, thanks to its copper-oxidised exteriors. The art works in the interior of the church include an altar window, which is designed by artist Hannu Konola. This window filters light onto the adjacent wall.
We are sure there are many more chapels out there that will enthral our souls but these are definitely the top 5. Tell us your choice of must visit church around the world in our comments section below.