Humanity has had many interests that have divided and united people for centuries. Religion is certainly one of those interests that has taken at the same time, the best but also the worst out of people. When it comes to passion, religion has created so many feelings in people that have later been turned into good or bad actions, leaving important tracks behind, in different kinds of ways, for new generations to be influenced by them. One of those ways is architecture. And when religions that have been present around the world for ages, have combined passion with architecture, the most amazing houses of God have been created for newer generations to be amazed and inspired by them. Temples, churches, mosques, pagodas, sanctuaries, pantheons or cathedrals, are some of the names that have been given by different religions to the houses of God built around the globe.
Travelers are the ones to have the pleasure and the honor to be able to see, to visit and to me amazed by these magnificent structures that somehow have earned an important place in the history of every country of city they were built in. Every single country in the world has an outstanding temple where believers attend either to get inspired, to pray or to be thankful.
In this list you will find 7 of the most beautiful temples built in the world. Each one of them belongs to a different religion, a different perspective of living life, a different way to believe in what people believe in, but all of them sharing one same thing: the importance they have given to the fact of worshipping the creator of all things.
Wat Rong Khun “White Temple” in Thailand
Unusual and unconventional are the best words to describe this contemporary, privately owned Buddhist Temple, which is actually an art exhibit. It is located in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand and it was started as recent as in 1997 by a native visual artist and painter who still continues the construction of this incredible structure.
Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Japan
The city of Kamakura in Japan holds one of the most breathtaking Great Buddha monument in the world. It is a bronze statue, probably built in the year 1252. It is approximately 44 ft. tall and weighs about 93 tons. Visitors can view the interior of the statue because it is hollow. This statue was preceded by a giant wooden Buddha which was damaged and destroyed by a storm in 1248, therefore the new Buddha statue was suggested to be made in Bronze.
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
Antonio Gaudí started to get involved in the construction of this Roman Catholic Church in 1883 after one year of being commenced. He combines a Gothic and Art Nouveau styles to it and it has so many details that Gaudi himself never lived to see it finished. The funds to build this cathedral have been collected from private donations, therefore the construction was very slow and until today it hasn’t been finished. The Sagrada Familia is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Harmandir Sahib “The Golden Temple” in India
The name Harmandir Sahib means the Temple of God. It was built after Guru Amar Das ordered to create a worship tank for the Sikh Religion that would be considered the house of God. He also said that every person who bathed in it would obtain all spiritual advantages. The Harmandir Sahib was built in the middle of this enormous tank, becoming the most important center of the Sikh Religion. The construction began in 1578 and completed in 1604.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia and with a size of 162.6 hectares, it is considered the largest religious monument in the world. Originally it was built as a Hindu temple but later it was turned into a Buddhist temple. It was dedicated to Vishnu. Today it is considered an important symbol of Cambodia and it is part of the National Flag. The name means Temple City in Khmer. Angkor means city and Wat means temple.
Prambanan in Central Java, Indonesia
It is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is the biggest one in Indonesia. The central building is 154 ft. high and it is one of the main parts of the compound of 240 temples.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
It is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates- The construction of this mosque was initiated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan whose aim was to build a temple or monument that gathered all the cultural diversity of Islamic world. After his death, he was buried in the grounds of the mosque. The Mosque is so big it can have 40,000 people inside of it and it has a dome that is as high as 279 ft. with a diameter of 106 ft.