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The World’s Most Beautiful Places of Worship: Temples, Shrines and Mosques

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Some of the world’s best sights delve into the realms of the divine. Whether you are a person of faith, an observer or a free thinker, the world’s incredible places of worship will not fail to impress. If you enjoyed the first part which unveils the world’s most beautiful churches and monasteries, you’ll love this section which covers fascinating mosques and temples. In collaboration with our some of our travel blogger friends, here are some of the world’s most beautiful places of worship:

Temples and Shrines

Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha, India

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"Photography is a love affair with life.” – Charlie Waite The medieval town of Orchha, India was truly unforgettable. With its old temples and palaces, it felt like I was brought back in time. Thanks to @lonelyplanet for featuring our photo! #lonelyplanet #lpfanphoto 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 #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #India #Asia

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Jain Sculptures in Gwalior, India

Temples of Khajuraho, India

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Deciding what to wear is one of the first issues that women face when planning a trip to India. This is probably the first country that I really made an effort to plan what I needed to bring for the trip since I didn't want to be disrespectful during my visit. If you're a woman planning to visit #India, check out the latest post in my blog for some pointers on what you can wear for your trip. Photo from the fascinating temples of #Khajuraho, #India. 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 #globetrotter #wanderer #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #wearetravelgirls #darlingescapes #passionpassport

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Tungnath (Panch Kedar Temples) in Rudraprayag, India

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Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple in Penugonda, India

Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, India

Peace Pagoda in Galle, Sri Lanka

Temples of Ayutthaya, Thailand

READ MORE:  Ayutthaya vs Sukhothai: Searching for the Best Ancient Ruins in Thailand

Temples of Sukhothai, Thailand

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Have you been to some of the world's most beautiful places of worship? TAG us @mismatchedpassports to be included in our huge instagram collaboration with travel bloggers and influencers. This awesome photo is taken from Sukhothai, Thailand. 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 #globetrotter #wanderer #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #ruins #thailand #passionpassport #amazingthailand #archaeology #Asia

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Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Cha Long in Phuket, Thailand

Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Takhaung Mwetaw Pagoda in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Wat Ho Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Candi Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia

Tirta Empul Temple in Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu, Danau Beratan Bedugul in Bali, Indonesia

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chin Swee Temple in Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Fo Guang Shan in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Water Temple in Busan, South Korea

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The Water #Temple in #Busan #Korea.

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Sensō-ji i in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

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🌟Tokyo, Japan🌟 Sanja Matsuri (三社祭?, literally "Three Shrine Festival"), or Sanja Festival, is a must see if you're in Tokyo next week (May 15th) and is one of the three great Shinto festivals in the city. It is considered one of the wildest and largest and it was an amazing festival to witness when we were in Japan. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa Shrine. Its prominent parades revolve around three mikoshi (three portable shrines referenced in the festival's name), as well as traditional music and dancing. Over the course of three days, the festival attracts a whopping 1.5 to 2 million locals and tourists every year! #japanese #japan #tokyo #instagramjapan #japantrip #temples #ilovejapan #nihon #nippon #travelasia #japanrevealed #travel #BBCTravel #travelstoke #travelbug #travelpics #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #wonderfulplaces #beautifulworld #worldnomadz #asiatrip #beautifulviews #livetravelchannel #travel #travellife #exploretheworld #travelphoto

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Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Palace) in Kyoto, Japan

Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel

Temple of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico

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The voluminous Temple of the Magician in Uxmal — one of the best pyramids in Mexico! Check out the rest of the best ancient ruins and pyramids in Mexico in our latest post! 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 #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #Uxmal #Mexico #LatinAmerica

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READ MORE: 8 of the Best Ancient Ruins and Pyramids in Mexico

El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Mexico

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There are places that will truly capture your heart. Chichen Itza is one of those places, with its impressive architecture and intricate details. It truly deserves to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Check out the latest post on our blog about Chichen Itza! 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 #globetrotter #wanderer #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #wearetravelgirls #darlingescapes #passionpassport #Mexico #LatinAmerica

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READ MORE: Exploring the Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza

Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan, Mexico

READ MORE: Teotihuacan: A Day Trip to the Archaeological Ruins near Mexico 

Pyramid in Tikal, Guatemala

READ MORE: Tikal: Ancient Ruins in the Heart of the Rainforest 

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in Chile

Mosques

Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque) in Isfahan, Iran

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#rawINramadan series 07: Seven-Coloured Tiles. . 📍 Imam Mosque, Esfahan, Iran. . In contrast to the previous photo (photo series 06), Shah Mosque (or Imam Mosque), a 17th century mosque and one of the architecture masterpieces that surrounds Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan, is covered in hand-made seven-coloured tiles that make up either flower or geometric motifs or verses from the Quran that you see on its walls. To think how they actually managed to do it without any help from a software is just awe-inspiring. By the way, Naghsh-e Jahan Square, a #UNESCO World Heritage Site, was also known as Half of the World. . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels, for the next four weeks or so. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). . #rambleandwanderXiran

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

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#rawINramadan series 09: A Time for Reflection. . 📍 Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan, Iran. . It was a cold winter night and there was hardly anyone around Naqsh-e Jahan Square. I left the beautiful Shah Mosque (see photo series 07) with a heavy heart and walked towards the middle of the square to find this much smaller mosque that is certainly no less beautiful. My heart lifted again. I sat myself down, and in that cold still of the night, braced for some reflection. . – – – – – Occupying part of one side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a #UNESCO World Heritage site, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque was the first to be built of all the 4 landmarks that are located on each side of the square. Meant to be a private mosque of the royal court (unlike Shah Mosque which is for the general public), this early 17th century mosque doesn't have any minaret and is of a much smaller size. It is said that the tile work is far superior to those covering Shah Mosque. However, to me, a layman who just happens to appreciate architecture, both are equally beautiful in their own ways. (Diplomatik tak? 😂) . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels, for the next four weeks or so. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). . #rambleandwanderXiran

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The Shah Cheragh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran

Jama Masjid in Delhi, India

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Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

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Another shot of the Badshahi mosque in Lahore. We can't get enough of it! We've had an interesting past 2 days. We were caught outside in a seriously torrential downpour and lightning storm at a Sufi dance night (RIP phone), and the next day we were rejected from a border crossing ceremony yet again because we're foreign and needed permission from ??? (how can you ask for permission if you don't even know who we need permission from?!). But on the bright side, we've made new friends, were invited to a fat Iftar feast/party, and were taken all over the city of Lahore. Travel can be frustrating, difficult, and downright unexpected at times, but it can also be exhilarating as long as you can go with the flow. And no matter what happens, it's always rewarding.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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#rawINramadan series 14: Big & Beautiful. . 📍 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE. . The first time I visited this mosque, I had arrived late in the afternoon. Took plenty of photos around the courtyard area (see also photo series 05) before going into the main prayer hall to perform Maghrib prayer (around sunset time). Afterwards, I took more photos inside, of the walls adorned with flowers and God's names, of the white columns with plant motifs, of the beautiful (and record-breaking) carpets, of the Swarovski chandeliers and what not. I thought things couldn't have been done better, the view couldn't have been more beautiful. And then, I went outside, walked along the courtyard, turned around, and saw this view. 😍 . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). . #rambleandwanderXuae

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#rawINramadan series 05: Guiding Pillars. . 📍 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This mosque doesn't really need an introduction with it being one of the most beautiful mosques in the world (see photo series 14). Everything about it is grand but not in-your-face kind of way. Well, at least not to me. It's one of the few which, instead of using Islamic geometric motifs, uses plants/trees/flowers motifs throughout the building, all of which have been done beautifully. . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels, for the next four weeks or so. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). .

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White as snow

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Masjid Sultan in Singapore

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Do you know where this place is? SINGAPORE! Yeah, Singapore is also rich in historical buildings and old architecture. Looking for a great way to see Singapore on the cheap, have a walk along Kampong Glam and the other Historic Districts of Singapore. 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 #globetrotter #wanderer #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #wanderer #worldcaptures #worldtravelbook #aroundtheworld #Asia #Singapore

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Royal Town Mosque, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

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#rawINramadan series 16: Chasing Sunset/Happy Hours. . 📍 Klang Royal Town Mosque, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. . A relatively new addition to this Royal Town of Klang, the mosque, with its Middle Eastern influences & contemporary elements in its architecture, looks dazzling, especially at sunset when viewed from the historic double decker bridge that crosses Klang River. Sunset time is a "happy hour" for Muslims who fast as this is the time they break their fast of the day. . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). .

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Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal), Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

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#rawINramadan series 10: Something Crystal. . 📍 Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal), Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. . Here's another one from my hometown. 😊 Located in Islamic Heritage Park not far from the city centre, the mosque, every now & then, gets listed as one of the most beautiful – especially when seen at night when it comes alive with a beautiful display of lights. Made of steel and glass, which gives it the crystal-like appearance and thus the name, Masjid Kristal is Malaysia’s first mosque with a WiFi connection, providing the faithfuls and all visitors with internet access since 2008. On a personal note, I still prefer the Floating Mosque (see photo series 06) to Crystal Mosque. How about you guys? . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels, for the next four weeks or so. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). .

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Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Royal Town of Perak, Malaysia

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#rawINramadan series 04: Hidden Beauty. . 📍 Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Royal Town of Perak, Malaysia. Built in 1913, the mosque was designed by the same British architect who designed many heritage buildings in Malaysia, including Ipoh railway station, Kuala Lumpur railway station and Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Those who are familiar with all these buildings would notice the similar style/design, which was popular in late 19th century in British India. Footnote: Sometimes, for selfish reasons, I get frustrated when I can't take photos of a beautiful building like this in full, without all the tall trees, which, to me, don't really serve any purpose at all apart from distracting and hiding the beauty of the building. I mean, how could you build something so beautiful and yet do something like this? On the other hand, maybe I shouldn't get too hung up on this and should just concentrate on the beautiful side of the place instead. What do you guys think though? . – – – – – In conjunction with the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, I'd be sharing photos of Islamic architecture, which were taken throughout my travels, for the next four weeks or so. Some of these photos are available for sharing through my "Ramadan Daily Reminder" series, which can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/raw-in-ramadan (or you can just click on the link in my bio). .

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Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Selangor, Malaysia

Klang Royal Town Mosque in Selangor, Malaysia

Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Inside the biggest mosque in all of SE Asia

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Camii Masjid in Tokyo, Japan

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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The magical interior of the Blue Mosque!

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Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey

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.

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