Top 10 most original old churches in the world


Hallgrímskirkja ©Daniel Williams/Flick

We could speak of many gorgeous architectural buildings in the world, but today we would like to present ten very interesting old churches. Some of them are really old and simple, others are beautifully decorate, some of them are small an others are one of the highest churches in the world. Of course, this list is based on a personal opinion, there are probably many other churches that could have a place among the top original churches.

Our list of the top 10 most original churches in the world includes buildings from Island, South America, France, Russia, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Philippines, New Mexico and Ucraine.

Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík

The Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church is has a height 74.5 meters. It is the fourth of the highest architectural structures in Iceland. The construction of this unusual church construction lasted 38 years.


Hallgrímskirkja ©Daniel Williams/Flick

Las Lajas Cathedral in Colombia

The Las Lajas Cathedral was built in 1916 inside the canyon of the river Guaitara, where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary appeared. It is in the south of Colombia, near the border with Ecuador.

Las Lajas Cathedral

Las Lajas Cathedral ©olliethebastard/Flick

St. Gildas Chapel in Brittany

The Chapel of St. Gildas is on the banks of the Blavet Canal in Brittany, France. This original chapel was built like a stone barn at the foot of a stone cliff and once was a holy place of the Druids.

The chapel of St Ghildas

The chapel of St Ghildas ©Rhian vK/Flick

Saint Basil Cathedral in Moscow

The Saint Basil Cathedral was built between 1555 and 1561 to the request of Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the conquest of Kazan Khanate. The church is located in the heart of Moscow, on Red Square.

Saint Basil Cathedral

Saint Basil Cathedral ©Bernt Rostad/Flick

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia is a massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The construction began in 1882 and continues until today. This original cathedral was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, who worked on his project for over 40 years.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia ©SlapBcn/Flick

Paraportiani Church in Mykonos

Paraportiani is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means “bear secondary” because it was built on the site of one of the gates of the medieval stone walls. Some parts of this beautiful church dates from 1425, and the rest from the 16th and 17th century.

Paraportiani Church

Paraportiani Church ©photographerglen/Flick

Milan Cathedral in Italy

With an area of 1200 square meters, the Milanese cathedral is the third largest Roman Catholic Church edifice in the world, with a capacity of over 40,000 seats and a length of 157 meters. Its construction lasted for a few centuries (1386-1887). The sculptural details of the 135 towers, of which the highest reaches 109 meters, and of the more than 2,000 statues are carefully executed, and its windows are believed to be the largest in the world.

Dome of Milano

Dome of Milano ©SAN_DRINO/Flick

Paoay Church or  St. Augustine Parish in the Philippines

The Paoay Church reminds us of the Aztec architecture. The construction is solid and strong. The walls are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved buttresses. The church was built by Augustinian monks between 1694 -1710 led by Antonio Estavillo.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church ©Bob Cruz/Flick

Church of “San Francisco de Asis” in Ranchos of Taos

“San Francisco de Asis” is a small missionary church in Ranchos of Taos, New Mexico. The construction of the church began around 1772, it was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers and it is made of adobe.

San Francisco de Asis Church

San Francisco de Asis Church ©Sarunas Burdulis/Flick

St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kiev

The monastery with the cathedral was built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych and then new elements have been added over the years. The exterior structure of this original church was rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the eighteenth century, while the interior remained in Byzantine style.

Saint Michael's Church

Saint Michael’s Church ©BBM Explorer/Flick

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