40 of the most impressive churches in the world…I know, I know (40 Photos)

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  • Big E

    #10 is about right

    • Claire Bridget

      This *was* in Vancouver BC, unfortunately people living in the area complained until they took it down.

  • Vince

    There's money to be made starting your own religion….

    • Slappy

      That's what L Ron Hubbard told his son. He was certainly right.

    • top dog

      Yeah, Peter Griffin did it, but it only lasted for a little while tho.

  • http://alessandropreti.altervista.org Alessandro

    n° 9 is my favourite… I see it every morning!

  • mith

    #1 is the RLDS Church in Independence MO. My high school had our graduation there.

    • mith

      #16 #17 & #18 are pretty cool.

      • Gio

        the 17 and 18 are in colombia!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.deboer Jeff DeBoer

      It's not RLDS anymore. It's now "Community of Christ". What high school did you go to?

      • mith

        LS. Hadn't heard they changed their name. The new one hadn't been built yet so it was actually in the old Church.

    • Jeff

      I live in Liberty, and you can see that motherfucker from my house.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kingcam Cameron Peebles

      Yeah, I thought I recognized this church.

      BSHS '07

    • Daniel

      Graduated as well…

      LSN '06

  • Airwalktdk

    seems like a waste of money to me…

    • Libertariandude

      C'mon, even a non-religious person can appreciate the art of such structures. #5, for example is the opera prima of staunch atheist Oscar Niemeyer.

      • Evil Dung Beetle

        Looks like a bloomin onion, makes about as much sense too.

    • scomac

      Why?

      • IRIEWAY

        Pretty sure Jesus, or whoever claims to be the son or messenger of your version of god, would not be happy to find out most of the donated money is going towards a ridiculous building instead of helping the sick or needy.

      • notretarded

        I'd say these beautiful buildings are one of the few good things that comes out of so many people getting scammed by churches.

  • Magneto

    If you can't appreciate this amazing architecture, you're a fuckin loser- don't argue with me, just accept the truth-

    • NickRob

      I don't think anyone could have said it better.

    • Jesus H. Christ

      And if you can't appreciate the staunch douchetry that is modern religion, as displayed by this "amazing architecture", then you're a fuckin loser- don't argue with me, you're an idiot-

      • kaveman4130

        hey Jesus iv'e always wondered what does the H stand for.

        • bdubgnes

          Hussein

      • sixdeadelves

        this post isn't about religion, douche, you're the idiot

    • bdubgnes

      Translation: "OOohhh, look at the shiny!"

  • GTO

    organized religion is for suckers, but I do dig the architecture #26

    • scomac

      Do you enjoy having Christmas and Easter off work?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029030128 Zach Davis

        I would do away with both those days if it would put an end to some people's religious based ignorance, that and the fact that Christmas is just a big retail scam anyways.

      • bukake

        i would like to enjoy other religious holidays as well,we call our country multicultural,but all we have are christian holidays off…our country was not founded by christians…shows you who really runs shit…the white man

        • moe

          If white men built it, they deserve to reap the spoils. Hooray for capitalism!

      • GTO

        frankly, I would prefer if they would just give me more vacation days that I can use whenever, not when someone who worships the day (wrong day) of a parthenogenetic childbirth and the death and zombie resurrection of said child.

        • IRIEWAY

          Agreed. What most dont realize is each one of these religions started as cults.
          But if you scam enough people and raise enough money to build such a structure, it gives false credibility to your claims and the sheep start pouring in.
          "You have to give us 10% of you paycheck so we can help the sick and the needy, and you will be more blessed once you reach heaven"
          Translation: "You have to give up your money so I can add another story to this ridiculous building and buy a Porsche, and just because you were born in a wealthier family you will be more blessed once you reach our version of heaven"

    • Slappy

      Camp St. Malo, in Boulder County, Colorado. Really nice little granite chapel attached to a Catholic retreat center. If you can set aside the millenia of wars, justified hate, and overall manipulation of societies, organized religion does produce some kick ass buildings. That's what money and gullibility will get you. (Although it's probably worth noting that those negative things may very well be there without religion too.)

  • Josh

    I don't know about y'all, but #29 is pretty legit…I wonder how long it took to build that magnificent structure?

    • ZZ Top

      The church of oil.

      • carlosmencia

        The church of oil has been renamed "America"

  • Tristan

    Some are cool, some look like Logan's Run concept art.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000470425716 Diana Santos

    #30…<3

    • T-Bags

      MOAR DIANA!

  • Libertariandude

    This really could use some captions. #5 is Brasília. #27 is Barcelona. #30 Moscow. #17 and #18 are Las Lajas in southern Colombia. #4 and #40 is pretty well known, but I can't remember where it's located.

    • sensijoe

      thanks man – i really wanted to know where 17 was and thought i was in store for some searching – appreciate it!

    • Michael

      They are in Norway, they are called stave churches.

    • kyle

      #39 is in Washington D.C. You see it driving on the parkway north of the district. All the sudden it looks like you are going to drive right into it cause it is up on a hill when you are driving West from Baltimore towards Bethesda.

    • hmmm

      are you sure 17 and 18 are in Colombia? That looks super european to me, thought it was in Holland or something.. I ask because I want to visit that place, looks remarkable.

  • http://facebook.com/denzino denzino

    #1 #39 I've been to both of these
    #18 I go to church… Like a Boss

    • Libertariandude

      Where's #39?

      • KGD

        Mormon Temple in Maryland

      • BAMFinater

        It's the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple in Washington DC

      • Rob

        I know this is located in Maryland (Chevy Chase to be exect) you can't miss it if you happen to be driving on the capitol beltway. I can't remember the denomination but I believe it Latter-Day-Saints.

        • Cody

          It is the temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it's located in Kensington, MD (not Chevy Chase) on the northern part of the beltway.

  • JTT

    does anyone know where number 17/18 is located?

    • Gio

      Colombia !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591747781 Erich Backhus

    Where's the chapel at the USAF Academy located in Colorado Springs, Colorado?

    • ZZ top

      Colorado Springs, Colorado. DUH!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591747781 Erich Backhus

        Dammit, I opened myself up for that. Well played, Sir.

        • northerner

          But still a legitimate question. Why wasn't it included? It is a very unique and beautiful structure in a mountain foothill setting.

    • peosh

      That is a totally overrated building.

  • ZZ top

    And not a single shit was given that day!

  • Eeik5150

    Used to see #39 every day too and from work in San Diego. Sadly, it's a Mormon temple, however, the most beautiful thing I ever saw was after a thunderstorm, there were black clouds behind this temple and it was centered in a bright rainbow with the sun on it. I'll never forget that sight as long as I live.

    • SJS

      How many carrots do you eat everyday? You must have some crazy vision to see a building across the country in D.C. while you are driving to work in San Diego.

    • Eve

      yeah i was about to say this is the definitely the Washington DC Mormon temple. I know bc my parents got married in it,,,

    • Kyle

      That is actually in D.C. For seeing it everyday, you seem to not remember what the one in La Jolla looks like… and now that I think about it, why is it sad that it is a Mormon temple? They take really good care of their churches. There is a mormon church/temple near where I live in Germany and it is always well kept and well lit. Makes the people who live around them keep their yards clean too.

      • Religion and Trollin

        Because MoMos are freaky cultists.

      • dur

        Because Mormons/religious folk are dumb, gullible bastards that impose their beliefs on everyone around them (by force when necessary)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.deboer Jeff DeBoer

    #8 is in Sedona, AZ and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

    • PunkRockMohawk

      I've been to that one. My grandma used to live in Sedona, and her house actually had a view of the cliff that church was built into. I miss that house… and that view. Arizona is one of the most gorgeous states…

    • https://www.facebook.com/neggart Natalie Eggart

      Been there and it truly is Beautiful!

  • ros

    #2 Russia or Ukraine
    #4 Norway
    #6 Reykyavik, Iceland?
    #9 Milan?
    #12 Petra, Jordan?
    #15 Darmstadt Germany?
    #17 ??? wish knew!
    #24 Mexico?
    #27 Barcelona
    #30 Moscow
    #37 Berlin

    • jojo

      i think #15 is Grundtvig’s Church, in copenhagen.

    • Pax

      #12 is actually in Cappadocia, Turkey. There were many seminaries there. But it might also be a private home. People still live in some of these carved out structures.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1320000104 Irni Mark Gemzon

      #24 is in the philippines

    • http://www.facebook.com/ATStrang Andrew Strang

      #2 is In Kiev, Ukraine. Just as beautiful in person.

  • Hedwig

    Where is the cadet chapel at the United States Air Force Academy?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591747781 Erich Backhus

      I already asked.

  • Jack N

    #32, the cross-shaped curch sunk into solid rock, is in Ethiopia.

    #39 looks like the Mormon Temple on the Washington DC beltway.

    • Bob

      #39 is the San Diego LDS temple

  • Vinnie

    Money that could be spent putting food in stomachs and clothes on backs.

    • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

      the same could be said about all the money spent on the boobs we enjoy on here so much.

    • Nicnac

      ask the overpaid athletes, the overpaid politicians, and the overpaid actors to give up some of their money and you'll get a lot more food and clothes than from all these church buildings…

      • bdubgnes

        Psst.. those people you mentioned pay taxes.

    • H8r69

      Hmm, I didn't realize that busty models and wealthy athletes had been tasked, through their own sacred texts, with taking care of their fellow man. Thanks for clearing that up. I think what Vinnie meant, and I agree, was that you can worship in a small nondescript church, an RV, even a strip mall, but lavish churches will not feed or clothe the poor. Right, Vinnie?

      • Lazaro

        I knew as soon as I opened this post that there'd be anti-religion nuts on here with nothing but mean or sarcastic things to say, that just couldn't appreciate the beauty of the architechture without having to open their fat mouths.

        So much money goes to the poor from religious organizations that it's okay to spend a fraction of it on nice buildings… Nice buildings which encourage people to go to church… and donate more money! Nothing wrong with that, think of it like advertising.

        I'm curious if any of the religion hating whack jobs on here saw the 20/20 piece on religious contributions vs. secular contributions to the poor.

        They stuck the same "donate to the poor" person outside of a mall in San Francisco and one outside of a strip mall in Podunk, Arkansas. Even though the median income in liberal-ville Frisco is about two to three times higher, the average donation AND the total donation of the "poor" people in Arkansas beat out SF.

        And we all know where the religious people were the majority.

        • Claude M.

          Lazaro

          There is no shortage of religious people in San Francisco.

          The difference in results doesn't reflect on religion, but on class – San Francisco has become dominated by uber wealthy, and has an extremely high cost of living. As a result, or as the cause, there is a disproportionate percentage of rich, greedy, selfish people there.

          But San Francisco has also been a mecca for the homeless and those in need, with the result that there are many charitable organizations in SF that enable a person to give to a legitimate 401 3c, rather than a anonymous 'donate to the poor' person who could be running a scam – of which there are many.

          Podunk Arkansas has undoubtably seen fewer scam artists, and draw fewer greedy people, than San Francisco. It sounds like 20/20 journalistic standards have evaporated.

          • H8r69

            TL;DR

          • Slappy

            When I was a kid, my dad asked if we could open a soup kitchen after the church built a $1.2 million addition funded by our donations. They said no. It was only for our own church functions, including basketball, banquets, hate and intolerance classess…uh, I mean Sunday school. They had no interest in serving the poor of the communty. Those building are for making them feel superior and drawing in more wealth and donations. Not for doing "god's work."

        • onecalledsam

          Well said Lazaro. I'm always amazed at why the most "open" minded people complain the most?

  • Mac

    #23 is definitly the church from LOST but it still deserves to be in this post cuz its a BA photo

    • Spencur

      i was gonna say the same shit

  • BongPimper

    #30 on mushrooms would be crazy

  • Ozzy

    Sabbath, bloody sabbath!

  • asb

    HA WAS GONNA SAY THE SAME THING. 10 SUMS IT UP

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