As we continue on with our Europe’s Best series, we delve into majestic places of worship in the continent. In our first edition of the series, we’ve already covered some of Europe’s finest places of worship such as the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow as well as La Sagrada Familia in Spain. But today, we reveal even more that you may or may have not already heard of. Here’s our list of Europe’s best places of worship.
The Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
This mosque is said to be the “one of the world’s greatest works of Islamic architecture”, and this still holds true until today. The Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Mezquita boasts a wondrous display of art through its architecture. The endless rows of columns with their red and white arches are surely hypnotising and the interior is nothing but grand. But beyond that is a rich history behind the place. You’re going to need to make the trip to see it for yourself.
The towering structure of this church alone is enough to leave you lost for words. The Hallgrimur Church, also know as Hallgrímskirkja in Icelandic is a Lutheran church located in the heart of Reykjavik. Sitting atop a hill and soaring at nearly 75 metres high, Hallgrímskirkja is not only the tallest building in Reykjavik but in all of Iceland. Its design and architecture is said to resemble basalt columns in Iceland and is inspired by the country’s glacier and mountainous landscapes!
Milan Cathedral, Italy
While Milan is better known as one of the most important fashion capitals, the city is also known for something else. Standing as the second-largest cathedral in the world is Duomo di Milano or better known as the Milan Cathedral. Situated in the Lombardy region in Italy, this cathedral is best known for its impressive structure, gothic-style architecture and its intricate attention to detail. Milan Cathedral is also the fifth largest Christian church in the world. When in Duomo, you’ll surely get lost amongst the over 3,000 statues all around.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Grand and glorious. The world’s largest church is none other than St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Known as one of the holiest Catholic shrines, the Basilica is visited by millions of devotees and tourists alike each year due to its historical significance. But beyond that, visitors also make the trip to bask in its grandeur. You’ll find spectacular pieces of art at every turn, including the works of the great Michaelangelo – The Pietà and the statue of St. Peter on his throne. As you conclude your visit, don’t forget to head to the top of the dome, where you will see the best view of St. Peter’s Square in all of Rome.
The Meteora Monasteries, Greece
Suspended in the air. The monasteries that sit atop the Meteora cliffs exude a spiritual and magical charm that you probably cannot find anywhere else. Meteora is actually an eroded rock in which monks built into in the 15th century, birthing the Meteora Monasteries. This sacred place situated in central Greece is home to six Eastern Orthodox monasteries altogether and is has nothing short of the most spectacular views in all of Meteora.
Pilgrimage Church of Weis, Germany
While the exterior of the Pilgrimage Church of Weis seems humble and simple, as it is surrounded by the pristine Alpine valley, you are sure to be amazed as soon as you step foot inside. The interior of Wieskirche is an absolute masterpiece on its own with remnants of rococo art all around, from the ceilings to the walls, and the paintings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site truly showcases the beautiful and harmonious union of art and nature and is exceptionally rich in history that is truly worth the visit. If you stay past sunset, you might even get to catch the Milky Way.
When travelling to places of worship anywhere in the world, it is important to be mindful of our behaviour and attire. Make sure to do your research before the trip and honour your role as a visitor in a foreign land. We all know that Europe is home to some of the most beautiful places of worship and this list does not do justice to all of them! Did we miss out any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments!