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    Hallgrímskirkja, photo by O Palsson

    A church is a sort o building that you can appreciate regardless of your beliefs, and even the most hardened atheist would be hard pressed to say that churches are not interesting. Religious architecture has a long history, and it usually has a knack for bringing out the best of the styles of a certain era.

    Many churches in the world look like they can tell you a story about the times when they were built, and from an artistic point of view, they are certainly worth looking at. So for those who want a spiritual pilgrimage or simply want to see some pretty buildings, here are the top 10 most beautiful churches in the world.

    Chapel of Saint Gildas, Brittany, France

    Saint Gildas chapel

    You can miss this little chapel if you don’t pay attention, because it is half-hidden under a huge rock on the banks of the Canal du Blavet.

    The magical nature surrounding it gives an even more mystical atmosphere to the lovely old church. Walk around and in the church and enjoy the relaxation and peace the ambiance provides.

    Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France

    This is one of the finest works of the famous architect Le Corbusier, and even if sometimes it is compared with Elvis’s hair, it is still a beautiful modern building. 

    Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

    This colorful buildings looks like a delicious gingerbread castle in the middle of Moscow, and it is one of the most emblematic sights in the city – it is located in the Red Square, close to the Kremlin (and often mislabeled as Kremlin).

    Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    This cathedral looks more like an Aztec temple made of glass and steel rather than a church, which is why it’s so interesting.

    Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

    Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful sights in Barcelona, and one of the most famous works of Antonio Gaudi. The cathedral is still under construction even now, and at this rate, it’s going to be amazing when it’s finally finished.

    Panagia Paraportiani Church, Mykonos, Greece

    Paraportiani Church is one of the most famous churches in Greece. Parts of it date back to the 15th century, and it actually consists of 4 churches grouped together and whitewashed to a sparkling whiteness.

    The green church, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The green church’s name is not just a metaphor, almost the entire building is covered in ivy, and you can just distinguish the shape of the building beneath – an astounding sight, really.

    Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy

    Milan Cathedral

    It took almost 6 centuries to complete this utterly amazing Gothic cathedral, and the result is so magnificent that you can’t help but stare at it in open-mouthed wonder.

    Inside and outside it is an amazing display of the art and style of entire centuries that you cannot miss if you go to Milan.

    Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

    This Lutheran church is the largest church in Iceland, and it took 40 years to built – but judging by its interesting architecture, it was completely worth the effort.

    Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia

    Las Lajas looks more like a castle in the middle of the forest than a cathedral, especially since it can only be accessed through a sturdy stone bridge over a steep canyon.

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