From ancient temples to scenic monasteries, the world is home to a lot of incredible places of worship. The beauty of these magnificent works of architecture transcend beyond one’s faith. To uncover some of the world’s stunning churches, mosques and temples, we’ve collaborated with some of our travel blogger friends. Here are some of the world’s most beautiful places of worship:

The World’s Most Beautiful Monasteries

Ki Monastery (Kye Gompa) in Spiti, India

 

Diskit Monastery in Ladakh, India

 

Monasteries in Tibet

 

Tiger Nest Monastery in Bhutan


 

Hanging Monastery in Datong, China

 

Monastery in the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Oaxaca, Mexico

 
RELATED POST: 8 of the Best Colonial Towns and Cities in Mexico

Convento de San Gabriel in Cholula, Mexico

 

Kiev Pechersk Lavra or Kyiv Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, Ukraine

 

St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine

Golden domes of Kiev, Ukraine

A post shared by kami (@kamischka) on

 

Rila Monastery in Sofiya, Bulgaria

 

Ostrog Monastery in Ostrog, Montenegro

 

Haghpat Monastery in Haghpat, Armenia

 

Geghard Monastery in Goght, Armenia

 

Nunnery of Rousanou in Meteora, Greece

 

Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco, Italy

Monastery of St. Benedict •• Subiaco, Italy

A post shared by Natasha & Cam in the USA🇺🇸 (@theworldpursuit) on

 

Fossanova Abbey in Fossanova, Italy

Less is more. #iwways

A post shared by A World to Travel (@aworldtotravel) on

 

The World’s Most Beautiful Churches

Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

 

Il Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy

Beautiful Duomo #cathedral #Milan #italy🇮🇹

A post shared by Mellissa Williams (@melandjake99) on

 

Basilica di San Lucca in Bologna, Italy

 

Il Duomo (La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) in Florence, Italy

 

Mont-Saint Michel in Brittany, France

 

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Ce soir à Paris. 💋

A post shared by Sophie Nadeau | solosophie.com (@sophieannenadeau) on

 

Sacre Cour in Paris, France

 

Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France

 
RELATED POST: A Weekend of Art and Romance: 2 Days in Paris

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

 

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, Basque country, Spain

 

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Mezquita de Cordoba) in Cordoba, Spain

 
RELATED POST: Winter in Andalusia: 10 Days in Spain Itinerary

Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia, Spain

 

Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

Our time in Barcelona was seriously hot! Mark got out and about early in the mornings before the crowds and heat hit for awesome pictures like this one! We all returned later to the Barcelona Cathedral to go inside and we were amazed at the gorgeous courtyard. I think the girls were most impressed by the cheeky ducks living there! . . . . #barcelonacathedral #barcelona#spain #barrigotic #gothic #explore #exploremore #sharetravelpics #travellovers #lovetotravel #mypassport #globetrotters #welivetoexplore #travelwithkids #kidstravel #familytravel #lifeisanadventure #wonderfulplaces #beyondamazing #openmyworld #wonderfulworld #travellingwithkids #worldtrip #europetrip #travelandlife #bestdestinations #happymemories #wanderfolk #amazingplacetovisit #familymatters

A post shared by Travel Writers & Explorers 🌏 (@wyld_family_travel) on

 

Church of the Archangels in Khaketi, Georgia

 

St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

St Basil's Cathedral #moscow #russia #travel #Europe #instadaily

A post shared by wisemonkeysabroad (@wisemonkeysabroad) on

 

St. George Church in Kotor, Montenegro

 

Church of St. John at Kaneo in Ohrid, Macedonia

 

St. Mary’s Church in Kraków, Poland

 

Blue Domed Churches of Santorini, Greece

 

Church of Our Lady Before Týn in Prague, Czech Republic

 

Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary

 

Church of the Assumption in Bled, Slovenia

Once upon a time in a land far away… The fairy tale town of Lake Bled took our breath away! It's so beautiful in autumn! Have you been to a place that seems to be lifted from a story book? Also check out @jonistravelling and @giakristel for more travel photos. Follow our journey around the world at www.mismatchedpassports.com. Link in our bio. #romantic #travelcouple #traveltheworld #travel #love #mismatchedpassports #explore #discover #inspire #happiness #wanderlust #backpacker #globetrotter #wanderer #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #photooftheday #couplestravel #instatravel #travelgram #worlderlust #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #Bled #Slovenia #Europe #Autumn

A post shared by Jon & Gia | Couple Travel Blog (@mismatchedpassports) on

 
RELATED POST: A Fairy tale in Europe: One Week in Slovenia

Dresden Frauenkirche (Our Lady) in Saxony, Germany

 

French Cathedral in Berlin, Germany

 

St. Peter’s Church in Munich, Germany

 

Church of Saint Nicholas in Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal

 

Hellnar Church in Hellnar, Iceland

One of my favorites, Budakirkja the black #church.

A post shared by Bianca Bauza (@nomadbiba) on

 

Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade, Serbia

 

Black Church in Brasov, Romania

 

RELATED POST: Exploring Transylvania: A Week in Romania

Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Druskininkai, Lithuania

 

Heddal Stavkirke Church in Heddal, Norway

 

Gol Stave Church (Norsk Folkemuseum) in Oslo, Norway

 

St. Joseph Cathedral in New York, USA

🌟Buffalo, New York🌟 When we visit churches & cathedrals around the world you can typically find us facing the back pretty soon after entering because of our fascination with organs. St. Joseph Cathedral was one of our stops on the architectural tour with @exploreBFLO and it made an impact! Constrution was completed in 1855 and just like much of Buffalo, this church has stood the test of time. #travelBUF #organs #cathedrals #cathedral #cathedrallove #churches #catholicchurch #buffalo #buffalonewyork #newyorkstate #topnewyorkphoto #usatrip #globe_travel #iloveusa #travelstoke #americathebeautiful #theculturetrip #ig_newyork #awesomeglobe #passionpassport #bbctravel #exploretheworld #gothicchurch #gothicrevival #travelbug #travellife #worldnomadz #welltravelled #aplacetoremember #beautifuldestinations

A post shared by One Modern Couple | Travel (@onemoderncouple) on

 

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia, USA

 

Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

 

Santa Lucia Church in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

Havana Cathedral in Havana, Cuba

 

Granada Cathedral in Granada, Nicaragua

 

Church of San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

 

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia

 

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion in Barichara ,Colombia

 

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

 

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion (New Cathedral of Cuenca) in Cuenca, Ecuador

 

Iglesia de la Campania de Jesus and Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Peru

 

Church of Saint Francis Lima, Peru

 

San Javier Church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

 

Christ Church in Malacca, Malaysia

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Valladolid, Negros Occidental,
Philippines

 

Simala Church in Cebu, Philippines

 

Saint Augustine Church aka Paoay Church in Paoay, Philippines

 

Next week, we’ll feature the second part of this post — the world’s most beautiful places of worship: temples and mosques.

Have you been to any of the world’s most beautiful places of worship? Do you know other places of worship that should be included in this list? Let us know.

About the author

Gia Kristel Algie

Currently based in New Zealand, Gia grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly two years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. An aspiring photographer and budding writer, she is the voice behind Mismatched Passports, a travel blog dedicated to the journey around the world with her husband, Jon.

Leave a Comment