Christianity is the oldest and main religion in the world. Every religion has a specific place where people perform their religious duties. Worship place of the Christians is called Church. There are lot of beautiful churches in the world. Here, we have compiled a list of top 10 largest churches in the world.
10. Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń, Poland
Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń Church is tenth largest church in the world. It is located in Poland. It is on sixth number in the list of largest churches of Europe. The church was opened in 2004 while its construction was started in 1994. With the nave 120 meters long and 77 meters wide, with a central dome 98 meters high, and with a tower 141.5 metres tall, it is largest church in Poland.
9. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Ivory Coast
About 18,000 people can worship to God in this Church of Ivory Coast which stands on ninth number in the worlds largest churches list. Located in in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), it was constructed between 1985 to 1990. It has an area of 30,000 sq metres (322,917 sq ft) and is 158 m (518 ft) high.
8. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Belgium
This is almost one century old church. Its construction was started in 1905 by the King Leopold and was completed in 1970. In fact, the construction of the church was delayed twice because of the two great World Wars. Nearly 3,500 people can perform worship in this church.
7. Milan Cathedral, Italy
Milan Cathedral Church of Italy is one of the greatest church in the world, which took almost six centuries to be completed. The great building is dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary Nascent). It is 158m long and 92 meters wide. It is among the most visited buildings in Europe.
6. Church of the Holy Trinity, Portugal
Located in Portugal, this is sixth largest church in the world. Its construction was started in 2004 and completed in 2007. Nearly 9,000 people can sit in the building. It is 95 m long and 115 m wide.
5. Liverpool Cathedral, United Kingdom
Liverpool Cathedral Church is fifth largest church in the world. Total external length of the building is 207 yards (189 m), making it the longest cathedral in the world. The building covers an area of 9,687.4 square metres (104,274 sq ft) and has a maximum capacity of 3,500 standing, or around 2,300 fully seated.
4. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, United States
Located in USA, this is the fourth largest church in the world. The glorious building was designed by the famous architects, George Fredrick Bodely and Philip Hubert Frohman. Originally designed in the Byzantine Revival-Romanesque Revival styles, the plan was changed after 1909 to a Gothic Revival design.
3. Cathedral of Seville, Spain
Located in Spain, it is one of the historic buildings in Europe. It is also one of the largest in Europe and has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 1987. It is a prime example of Spain’s history, particularly in its blending of Islamic and Gothic elements that make a tribute to the wealth as well as power the area flaunted after the reconquest to prove its strength. It was built over the same 11,520 square meter footprint of the mosque that stood in the spot before but the architects added extra height, giving the building an impressive gross volume of over 500,000 square meters of space.
2. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil
Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is located in Brazil. It has capacity to adjust 45,000 people at any given time and during celebrations on the feast day of the patroness, up to 70,000 can be accommodated in ancillary areas.
1. St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
This is greatest and also the largest church in the world. It is located in Vatican City. The construction of the church was started in 1506 and was completed in 1626. It took 120 years for completion. Nearly 60,000 people can perform prayers in the building. It covers the area of 220m in length and 150m in width. This is holiest building among all the churches.