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Temples from all over the world, when looking at which you will involuntarily believe in any higher power

 

The most majestic and unusual temples in the world.

At all times, the best and most significant places were allocated for the construction of temples and churches, the most eminent architects and architects were invited, and no one ever spared money. Therefore, these masterpieces have become the main attraction, surprising and delighting with their grandeur and originality. This selection of the most amazing churches and temples in the world will help you plunge into the unusual sacrament of various religions of the world.

 

1. Lotus Temple in New Delhi (India)

 

 

Baha'i Lotus Temple in New Delhi (India).
Baha’i Lotus Temple in New Delhi (India).

 

This one of the eight “Temples of worship” of the Baha’is (the youngest religion in the world) is located on the outskirts of New Delhi. It was created in the late 1980s of the last century and has already become the main pearl of the whole of India.

 

Top view (Lotus Temple, India).
Top view (Lotus Temple, India).

 


Its unusual shape is a lotus flower and has nine entrances to the central dome, which symbolize the unity and diversity of the human race.

 

This is how the temple looks from the inside (Lotus Temple, New Delhi).
This is how the temple looks from the inside (Lotus Temple, New Delhi).

 

All eight “Temples of Adoration” were created with one noble goal, so that everyone could go into it and pray to their god without confessional restrictions.

2. “Sanctuary of Truth” in Pattaya (Thailand)

 

 

The Sanctuary of Truth is Thailand's most fantastic religious building.
The Sanctuary of Truth is Thailand’s most fantastic religious building.

 

This unusual temple of religions began to be built back in 1981 at the initiative of the millionaire Lekom Weeriyapan, who dreamed of uniting Thai, Indian, Cambodian and Chinese cultures. Therefore, this fantastic building arose, which turned into the most incredible architectural masterpiece not only in Thailand, but also in the world.

 

Steps leading to one of the halls of the temple (Pattaya, Thailand).
Steps leading to one of the halls of the temple (Pattaya, Thailand).

 

Mythological carvings and ornaments, unusual religious plots, which adorn the facade of the house of religions, surprise and delight. In its decoration there was a place for the most significant creations of all the united cultures and religious movements.

 

Incredible interweaving of cultures and traditions (Temple of Truth, Thailand).
Incredible interweaving of cultures and traditions (Temple of Truth, Thailand).

 

The interior contains seven expositions, personifying the creators – Father, Mother, Heaven, Earth, Moon, Sun and stars, as well as four thematic halls. The temple has four wings, representing parts of the world. An altar was erected in the center of the religious building, to which steps leading, symbolizing the precepts of Buddhism, are buried, and the ashes of enlightened monks rest there.

3. Las Lajas Cathedral, Ipiales Municipality (Colombia)

 

 

The majestic Cathedral of Las Lajas (Colombia).
The majestic Cathedral of Las Lajas (Colombia).

 

This majestic Cathedral of Las Lajas (Las Lajas Cathedrale) has become the most visited temple in Colombia due to its location. The grandiose building stands on a 30-meter arched bridge that connects not just the two sides of a deep gorge, but is a kind of symbol of friendship and a guarantee of peace between two South American countries – Colombia and Ecuador, because the grandiose construction was initiated and led by the Franciscan communities of both countries.

 

The facade of the cathedral is more like a luxurious palace.
The facade of the cathedral is more like a luxurious palace.

 

 

The majestic interior of the church.
The majestic interior of the church.

 

This monumental neo-Gothic building is more like a palace woven from lace than a religious building. But such a shrine was not always, its last reconstruction ended in the middle of the last century. And it all started with a small cave, where the miraculous rock icon Senora de las Lajas was discovered back in 1754, which to this day is considered the most important shrine of the country.

 

Miraculous rock icon (Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia).
Miraculous rock icon (Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia).

 

A huge number of suffering people come to this shrine, seeking to bow to the miraculous icon and ask for healing. Although the church has gone through restorations and grandiose reconstructions, the Face itself has never been restored, while it does not lose all the depth of colors. The servants of the temple claim that its miraculous paint impregnates the rock to a depth of more than a meter.

4. Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik (Iceland).

 

 

Hallgrímur Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Hallgrímur Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrimur Church, Hallgrimskirkja) is located in the capital of Iceland and is the country’s tallest temple. Due to its scale and unusual architecture, this parish Lutheran church has become the main attraction of the city. The unusual design of the building was created by the respected architect of the country – Gudjon Samuelsson, the construction itself lasted about 40 years. Its unusual design symbolizes a volcanic eruption with lava rising to the sky.

 

The church impresses with its scale and grandeur (Church of Hallgrímur).
The church impresses with its scale and grandeur (Church of Hallgrímur).

 

The fantastic tower of the temple, which rises almost 75 meters above the ground and is not only the most important architectural masterpiece, but also serves as an excellent observation deck.

 

At the very top of the tower is an observation deck.
At the very top of the tower is an observation deck.

 

Rising on the elevator, from such an incredible height, everyone can enjoy not only the amazing panoramic view of the capital, but also admire the beauty of the Icelandic landscape that extends beyond the city.

 

The vaulted ceiling of Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The vaulted ceiling of Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Hallgrímskirkja is famous for its fantastic organ hall and its main instrument, the Great Mechanical Organ, which was created by Johannes Klais, a German master from Bonn.

 

The unique musical instrument attracts organists from all over the world (Hallgrímur Church).
The unique musical instrument attracts organists from all over the world (Hallgrímur Church).

 

This instrument has 4 five-octave keyboards, 72 tone register switches and consists of 5275 pipes, some of them up to 10 meters in diameter. And this 15-meter miracle weighs as much as 25 tons.
At the moment, a recording studio is equipped in the organ hall, and the temple has become a place of pilgrimage not only for believers, but also for organists from all over the world.

 

5. Crown of Thorns Chapel in Eureka Springs (USA)

 

 

Crown of Thorns Chapel in Arkansas (USA).
Crown of Thorns Chapel in Arkansas (USA).

 

This unusual chapel is the most original place of worship in America due to its unique design. The temple was built according to the project of the architect E. Fay Jones relatively recently in 1980.

 

Unusual transparent chapel project (USA).
Unusual transparent chapel project (USA).

 

The Chapel of the Crown of Thorns has become a vivid example of the fusion of Art Nouveau and “organic architecture”, revealing the extraordinary properties of natural materials. Due to such naturalness and uniqueness of the design, it wonderfully fit into the surrounding landscape.

 

An organic fusion of wood and glass.
An organic fusion of wood and glass.

 

And the chapel is not so significant in size, its height reaches only 14 meters, but it has as many as 625 windows, the glazing of which took about 600 square meters. meters of glass. And such a solution made it possible to achieve an incredible effect, because its airiness and complete transparency is achieved thanks to daylight.
Another feature of the chapel is its non-denominational nature, so everyone can enter here, pray or think about the eternal.

6. Wedding Ribbon Chapel in Onomichi (Japan)

 

 

Unusual wedding ribbon chapel in Onomichi (Japan)
Unusual wedding ribbon chapel in Onomichi (Japan)

 

Elegant and romantic Ribbon Chapel Wedding Chapel, located on the island of Honshu, resembles two intertwined spiral staircases, is a kind of symbol of the twists and turns of fate. This unusual church was created on the grounds of the Bella Vista Sakaigahama hotel specifically to attract newlyweds and their guests, organizing a very impressive wedding ceremony.

 

The bride and groom ascend the spiral staircase to the wedding hall.
The bride and groom ascend the spiral staircase to the wedding hall.

 

According to tradition, the newlyweds each overcome their own stairs, as if repeating the twists of fate, and then meet at the very top and there near the altar, the marriage ceremony takes place. It is here that a couple in love turns to God and asks for a blessing. The glazed hall itself is a huge observation deck, which offers an incredible panoramic view of the mountains, the ocean and distant islands.

7. Kailash Temple in the village of Ellora (India)

 

 

The mystery of this unique temple has not been solved so far (Kailash Temple, India).
The mystery of this unique temple has not been solved so far (Kailash Temple, India).

 

This incredible ancient temple complex, which has survived to this day, was carved into the rock and is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Its size and accuracy of calculations in designing a structure still not only amaze modern researchers and engineers, but have not been fully unraveled. Therefore, there is an opinion that it was not without the intervention of super-civilizations.

 

It looks like a temple carved into the depths of the rock (Temple Kailash, India).
It looks like a temple carved into the depths of the rock (Temple Kailash, India).

 

The courtyard carved into the rock is striking in its size, because it is 58 meters long, 51 meters wide and reaches a depth of 33 meters, while the temple occupies 1980 square meters. It is noteworthy that this entire monolithic complex was cut vertically in the rock – from top to bottom, adhering to the traditional methods of cutting down structures in this area.

 

Harmonious interweaving of several ancient cultures (Kailash Temple, India)
Harmonious interweaving of several ancient cultures (Kailash Temple, India)

 

This unique ancient shrine is decorated with extraordinary columns and windows, has majestic halls, and in its center is a huge stone altar, along the edges of which are the deities followers of Shiva and Vishnu.

 

8. Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove (USA)

 

 

The tallest glass temple in the world (Garden Grove, USA).
The tallest glass temple in the world (Garden Grove, USA).

 

This largest glass temple in the history of architecture, created a few kilometers from Disneyland, amazes with its splendor and fantastic views. $18 million was spent on its creation, but it was worth it.

 

Instead of walls, 10,000 mirror panels were installed (Garden Grove Temple, USA).
Instead of walls, 10,000 mirror panels were installed (Garden Grove Temple, USA).

 

The unique architectural masterpiece was created from 10,000 huge mirror panels, which are attached to a huge steel frame with only silicone glue, because it was decided to do it without metal fasteners so as not to spoil such a magical look. At the same time, the strength of the structure was not affected at all. The whole complex is able to withstand an earthquake of 8 points.

 

The interior decoration is striking in its extraordinary beauty.
The interior decoration is striking in its extraordinary beauty.

 

It is striking not only the shape and design, but also its huge size, because the height of the building itself reaches 39 meters, and the sharp spire of the bell tower rises 77 meters above the ground. At the same time, it can accommodate about 3,000 parishioners, and those who were not lucky enough to get inside watch what is happening on a giant screen installed on the facade.

 

9. Monasteries of Meteora (Greece)

 

 

A unique temple complex located high in the mountains (Meteora, Greece).
A unique temple complex located high in the mountains (Meteora, Greece).

 

Meteora or “Soaring in the air” – these incredible monasteries are a unique architectural heritage not only in Greece, but throughout the world. Masterpieces were erected in inhuman conditions, because during their creation it was impossible to use even horses to transport goods. All materials were lifted by hand, with the help of baskets and nets, while the monks had to climb rope ladders.

 

At an altitude of 600 meters, one of the monasteries of the Meteora complex is located.
At an altitude of 600 meters, one of the monasteries of the Meteora complex is located.

 

This is a whole complex of amazing structures scattered on separate 400-meter cliffs, and each in its own way amazes the imagination of anyone.

 

The most unique Orthodox temple complex (Meteora, Greece).
The most unique Orthodox temple complex (Meteora, Greece).

 

At the moment, the complex has six active Orthodox monasteries, where a stream of pilgrims and tourists rush every day to not only get closer to God, but also admire the delightful picturesque landscape of such a unique area.

 

10. Kostomarovsky Savior Convent (Russia)

 

 

Holy Savior Convent (Kostomarovo, Russia)
Holy Savior Convent (Kostomarovo, Russia)

 

This oldest cave monastery in Russia is built inside unusual rocks – chalk pillars. It is precisely in them that all the monastic cloisters are located, and the Bell Tower of the Spassky Church rises between two such “divas”. Therefore, there is a feeling that she is just floating in the clouds.

 

The entrance is decorated with rock icons (Kostomarovsky Convent, Russia).
The entrance is decorated with rock icons (Kostomarovsky Convent, Russia).

 

The inner part of such an unusual structure, which is located in the thickness of the chalk mountain, has a huge area and can accommodate 2,000 people. It is in it that the world-famous “cave of repentance” is located, which is a kind of corridor that stretches underground for as much as 220 meters, gradually narrowing.

 

The most unique chalk Cave of Repentance (Kostomarovo, Russia).
The most unique chalk Cave of Repentance (Kostomarovo, Russia).

 

Such an unusual place was created so that the very movement along it would set you up for confession and repentance, because the penitent alone makes a difficult journey in the dark, holding a lit candle. And when the vault of an unusual cave becomes lower, a person has to bend in a bow, as if humbled his pride and vanity.

 

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