Top 10 biggest churches in the world
Churches Built around the world is a simple a place of Worship for the Christians or the followers of JESUS CHRIST to worship HIM. But the through Church as the Bible rightfully claims is in the heart. Below are top 10 Biggest Church Structures ever built.
10. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Ivory Coast
This is perhaps the only African church in the list, and it comes at number ten. This church was designed in such a way that when you look at it, it will seem very small to you, but in actual sense it contains up to 18000 people inside. With a size of 8,000 square feet, it was inspired by the Saint Peters basilica Rome. It is the largest church in the whole of Africa, and was built by the government of ivory coast.
9. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Belgium
This 8,000 m² sized basilica that is located in Brussels, Belgium suffered a lot of setbacks. Maybe it is one of those that took much time to conclude. This is because of the fact that it was interrupted by World War 1 and 2 before it was completed. But eventually, it was completed in 1969. It is one of the cathedrals that are completely dedicated to the veneration of the sacred heart of Jesus. It stands as the 9th biggest church in the whole world.
8. Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Portugal
When you are looking at the newest of all these edifices and the ones that were built within a short spell of time, you will definitely get this as one of those. It was actually built between 2004 and 2007 in Portugal. This building stands in the Fatima village in Portugal where the blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to the three children of Fatima. The interior combines both orthodox and Byzantine decorations and designs.
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7. Shrine of Our Lady of Lichen, Poland
This is the cathedral that exemplifies the efficacy of charity and alms giving. If you are told that a cathedral that is up to 10,090 m² was built only with the funds that was collected from pilgrims as donations, you might not believe it. This gothic designed edifice was built within 10 years, and it is located in an area called Lichen Stary in Holland.
6. Cathedral of Liverpool, UK
This is perhaps the largest Anglican cathedral ever. It is quite obvious that this should be located in England because it is the head of the Anglican Communion. Now, the truth about it is that it contains more than 5000 people at the same time. The area size is 9,687 m². This cathedral also took a very long time to complete. This is because of the numerous arrays of gothic designs that it was given. In essence, it was constructed between 1904 and 1978. This means it is one of the newest of cathedrals.
5. Cathedral of Milan, Italy
This is one of the biggest buildings in Milan, and it has been touted as the church that parades the greatest and most beautiful gothic designs. It has a size of 10,186 m², and it is believed to have been built for six centuries before it was completed. It is an architectural and cultural masterpiece. This is Europe’s gothic home.
4. Cathedral of St. John the Divine US
The US has been known to embark on the building of very large and big houses. But they have not been doing this so well when it comes to churches. However, this cathedral is the biggest you can ever get in the US. It has a size of 11,200 square feet when you measure the inner area. This church was finished in 1892 with a lot of beautiful gothic designs. But it witnessed a very big fire in 2001, and this fire destroyed some of the designs, which have not been repaired up till now, though it is still in proper use.
3. Seville cathedral, Spain
This cathedral is officially known as Santa Maria cathedral. But, it is popularly called the cathedral of Seville. It is one of the oldest of all cathedrals, as it was built in the 16th century with history indicating that Christopher Columbus was also buried there. It has a great display of gothic architecture and is also a world heritage site as licensed by UNESCO. It has a size of 11,520 m².
2. Our Lady of Aparecida Basilica, Brazil
This is the second biggest church in the world. However, it is good to note that among all the churches, it is the Catholic Church that gives greater preference to the building of great edifices as places of worship. Brazil is believed to have one of the highest populations of Catholics in the world. This church is the highest place for Marian pilgrimage, and this receives more than 10 million pilgrims every year. The size is up to 12,000 m².
1. Basilica of Saint Peter, Vatican
This is obviously seen as the biggest church in the whole world. It is the seat of the Catholic Church and the parish upon which the leader of the Catholic Church resides. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic faith, and is treated as the holiest of buildings. It also houses the tomb of Saint Peter. It has an area of 15,160 m².