They should see with their own eyes.
At all times, to build temples and churches stood out the best and iconic places that have invited the most famous architects and architects, and means no one is ever spared. Therefore, these masterpieces have become the main attraction, surprising and delighting with its grandeur and originality. This selection of the most striking churches of the world will help to plunge into the strange mystery of the various religions of the world.
1. The Lotus temple in new Delhi (India)
This is one of the eight “Temples of worship” Baha’i (the youngest religions of the world) is located on the outskirts of new Delhi. It was created in the late 1980-ies of the last century and has become a main attraction all over India.
Its unusual shape represents a Lotus flower and features nine entrances to the Central dome, which symbolize the unity and diversity of the human race.
All eight “Temples of worship” is created with one noble objective, so everyone can enter it and pray to their God without denominational restrictions.
2. “Sanctuary of truth” in Pattaya (Thailand)
This unusual temple religions began in 1981 at the initiative of the millionaire Lemma Wiryana, who wanted to combine Thai, Indian, Cambodian and Chinese culture. That is why we had this fantastic building, which turned into the most incredible architectural masterpiece not only of Thailand but throughout the world.
Surprise and delight mythological carved figures and ornaments, unusual religious subjects that adorned the facade of the house of religions. In his attire there was a place for the most important creations of the entire United cultures and religions.
In the interior are seven exhibits, which embodies the founders – Father, Mother, Heaven, Earth, the moon, the Sun and stars, and also feature four thematic rooms. The temple has four wings, symbolizing the world. In the center of the religious buildings erected altar, to which lead stairs, symbolizing precepts of Buddhism, there lie the remains of enlightened monks.
3. The Cathedral of Las Lajas, municipality of Ipiales (Colombia)
This majestic Cathedral of Las Lajas (Las Lajas Cathedrale) has become the most visited temples of Colombia due to its location. Grand structure stands at a 30-meter arch bridge, which connects not just two sides of a deep gorge, and is a symbol of friendship and peace between the two South American countries – Colombia and Ecuador because of the grandiose construction was initiated and led by the Franciscan community of both countries.
This monumental neo-Gothic building more like a Palace woven from lace materials than religious structure. But this Shrine was not always her last reconstruction ended in the middle of the last century. And it all started with a small cave, where they found the miraculous icon of rock Senora de las Lajas in 1754, which to this day is considered the most important Shrine of the country.
The Shrine comes a huge number of sufferers, seeking to worship the miraculous icon and ask for healing. Though the Church experienced restoration and the Grand reconstruction, the Face is never restored, he does not lose all the depth of colors. The priests claim that its miracle paint impregnates the rock more than a metre deep.
4. The Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik (Iceland).
Hallgrimskirkja (Church of Hallgrimur, Hallgrimskirkja) is located in the capital of Iceland and is the highest temple in the country. Due to the scale and the unusual architecture of this parish Lutheran Church became the main attraction of the city. The unusual building project has created a respected architect of the country – Gudjon Samuelsson, the construction itself lasted about 40 years. Its unusual design symbolizes the eruption of a volcano rising up to the sky with lava.
Fantastic temple tower, which rises above the ground by almost 75 meters and is not only the main architectural masterpiece, but also provides an excellent viewing platform.
Take the lift, with such an immense height, everyone can enjoy not only the wonderful panoramic view of the city, but also to admire the beauty of the Icelandic landscape that stretches beyond the city limits.
Hallgrimskirkja is famous for its fantastic organ hall and its main instrument is a Large mechanical body, which was created by Johannes Klais, German master from Bonn.
This tool has 4 platyctenea keyboard 72 of the switch registers tone and consists of 5275 pipes, the diameter of some of them reaches 10 meters. And weighs this 15-metre wonder – as much as 25 tons.
At this point in the organ hall equipped recording Studio, and the temple became a place of pilgrimage not only of believers but also of the organists from around the world.
5. The Thorn Crown chapel in Eureka springs (USA)
This unusual chapel is the original religious building in America due to its unique design. The temple was built by architect E. Fay Jones recently in 1980.
Chapel of the crown of Thorns has become a shining example of the fusion of art Nouveau and “organic architecture”, revealing the unusual properties of natural materials. Due to this naturalness and uniqueness of its design, it is wonderfully blended into the surrounding landscape.
And chapel is not that large, it reaches a height of only 14 metres, but has a whopping 625 of its Windows, the glazing of which went about 600 square meters of glass. And this solution allowed us to achieve incredible effect, because of its lightness and full transparency is achieved through daylight.
Another feature of the chapel is its unconventionality, so everyone can get in here to pray or to think about the eternal.
6. Wedding Chapel-the strip in Onomichi (Japan)
Elegant and romantic Wedding Chapel Ribbon Chapel, located on Honshu island, is reminiscent of two intertwined staircases-spiral, is a symbol of the twists of fate. This extraordinary Church was created on the territory of the hotel Bella Vista Sakaigahama specifically to attract the newlyweds and their guests, organizing the very impressive ceremony.
According to tradition, the couple overcome their stairs, as if repeating the twists of fate, and then meet at the top, and there, near the altar, the rite of marriage. It was here that the couple turns to God and asks the blessing. He glazed hall is a huge observation deck, which offers an incredible panoramic view of the mountains, the ocean and distant Islands.
7. The Kailash temple in the village of Ellora (India)
This incredible ancient temple complex, extant, was carved in rock and is the biggest monolithic structure in the world. The size and accuracy of calculations in engineering design is still not just a hit modern researchers and engineers, but to the end and not solved. Therefore, of the opinion that here has not done without intervention of super-civilizations.
Carved in the rock yard impresses with its size, because it is 58 meters long, 51 meters wide and reaches a depth of 33 meters, the temple is 1980 sq metres of space. It is noteworthy that all this was cut out of monolithic complex in the rock vertically, from top to bottom, adhering to the traditional methods of cutting structures in the area.
This ancient Shrine is decorated with unusual columns and Windows with majestic halls, and at its center is the enormous stone altar, the edges of which are followers of deity Shiva and Vishnu.
8. Crystal Cathedral in garden grove (USA)
This is the biggest glass temple in the history of architecture, is a few kilometres from Disneyland, striking in its splendor and fantastic views. An $18 million, but it was worth it.
Unique architectural masterpiece was created from 10 000 huge mirrored panels that are attached to a huge steel frame only silicone glue, because it was decided to do without metal fastenings, not to spoil such a magical look. The strength of the structure did not suffer. The entire complex is able to withstand an earthquake of 8 points.
Affects not only the shape and design, but also its huge size, because the height of the building reaches 39 meters, and the sharp spire of the bell tower rises above the earth at 77 meters. It can accommodate about 3,000 parishioners, and those who are not fortunate enough to get inside, watch on a giant screen installed on the facade.
9. Meteora Monasteries (Greece)
Meteors or “Floating in the air” – these incredible monasteries are a unique architectural heritage of not only Greece but all over the world. Built masterpieces in inhuman conditions, because at their creation it was impossible to use horses for transportation of goods. All the materials were raised by hand, with baskets and nets, while the monks had to climb up a rope ladder.
This is a delightful complex of buildings scattered on a private 400-metre cliffs, and each in his own strikes the imagination.
Currently the complex consists of six active Orthodox monasteries, where every day directs the flow of pilgrims and tourists to not only approach God, but also to admire the picturesque landscape of this unique area.
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