Gone are the days when poverty and self-denial were considered the true signs of Christianity and other religions. These days, most places of worship can substitute for mansions where believers walk in for prayers, miracles, spiritual upliftment, financial breakthroughs and more.
In truth, religious buildings have become one of the most impressive architectural works in the world.
A look at these churches, mosques, temples and other religious constructions with amazing designs will surely tickle your fancy.
The Community of Christ Temple in Independence, a city in the state of Missouri, US.
The Mormon temple evokes the spiral shell of the Nautilus (a marine mollusk) with a stainless steel spire that rises 91 meters.
The Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
The architectural complex is currently under construction, having been started in 1994 by local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov. It will have 16 cupolas, corresponding to the 16 major world religions including past religions that are no longer practiced.
The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, a temple dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Sri Krishna in Vrindavan, a town in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
When completed in 2020-2021, it will be the tallest temple in the world, as well as one of the most expensive ones, costing as much as $45 million.
The Temppeliaukio Kirkko, a Lutheran church opened in 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. Built directly into solid rock, it is also known as the Church of the Rock and Rock Church.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known locally as Saint Mary’s Cathedral, in San Francisco, California.
Completed in 1971, this Roman Catholic cathedral has a saddle roof composed of hyperbolic paraboloids that create an impression of a cross.
The Chapel of Immaculate Conception in Arcueil, a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the southern suburbs of Paris, France.
Built between 1928 and 1930 by the brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret, the French Medieval style chapel is part of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. It looks modest from outside but impresses by its gorgeous interior.
The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US.
Built in 1956 – 1962 in Expressionist Modern style, the chapel has become a classic and highly regarded example of modernist architecture.
The most striking aspect of the Chapel is its row of seventeen spires. The original design called for nineteen spires, but this number was reduced due to budget issues.
The Jubilee Church, formally known as the Church of God the Merciful Father, a Roman Catholic church and community center in Tor Tre Teste in Rome, Italy.
Built in 1996 – 2003 and designed to look like a ship, the south side of the church features three large curved walls of pre-cast concrete.
The Mosque in Rijeka, a city in Croatia. Officially opened on May 4, 2013, it was the first mosque in this city, and the third in Croatia. Its dome is shaped in five separate parts that visually constitute a single object.
The Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland.
At 73 meters, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland.
The church, named after the Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Pétursson, is visible throughout the city. It took 41 years to build the church with construction having started in 1945 and ending in 1986.
Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, a small chapel built on the edge of a field in Mechernich, a town in the west of Germany.
The concrete chapel was built by local farmers between 2005 and 2007. Concrete is cast around a group of 120 tree trunks, cut at a local forest, and then slowly burned.
The meticulous arrangement of the trees teardrop or leaf created the oculus that provides the only direct light to the small dark space.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral at the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris, France. The complex of four buildings, situated on the Branly Embankment next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, was opened on March 19, 2016.
The Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahá’í House of Worship, in New Delhi, India. Completed in 1986, the temple has a flowerlike shape composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals.”
The Lotus Temple’s nine doors are open to all, regardless of religion.