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The World’s Most Beautiful Places of Worship: Churches and Monasteries

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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

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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

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Golden domes of Kiev, Ukraine

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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


Fossanova Abbey in Fossanova, Italy

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Less is more. #iwways

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The World’s Most Beautiful Churches

Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City


Il Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy


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

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Ce soir à Paris. 💋

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Sacre Cour in Paris, France


Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France

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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

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Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia, Spain


Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

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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

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Church of the Archangels in Khaketi, Georgia


St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia


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

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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 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

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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


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


Black Church in Brasov, Romania


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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

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🌟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

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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,


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.

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