Places of Worship

These sacred spaces span cultures, continents, and time. Some have led many lives, meaning different things to different people at various times. Many are old. Some are brand new. All of them serve as a space to acknowledge a higher power.

Porto, Portugal

Igreja do Carmo

Azulejo-adorned Baroque church in Porto is home to a "hidden" next-door neighbor.

Paros, Greece

Kimisis Theotokou

The colorful facade of this Greek church stands out among the traditionally blue and white buildings on the island of Paros.

Val di Funes, South Tyrol, Italy

San Giovanni Church

This church is known for its quiet beauty and remote location, while its patron saint is known for keeping quiet.

Medina, Saudi Arabia

Dhu al-Hulayfah Mosque

This mosque is believed to be the location where Muhammed prepared for his peaceful pilgrimage to Mecca.

Venice, Italy

Church of San Zaccaria

Nestled on the edge of the famed canal city, this Venetian church attracts visitors with its ornate facade and flooded crypt — but its most interesting story is over a thousand years old, on a night when the church played host to a Pope on the run…

Crestone, Colorado, United States

Crestone Ziggurat

A Ziggurat built millennia after its predecessors, in a town of 141.

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sulejmanija Mosque

This colorful mosque sits at the heart of the "City of Veziers"

Santa Barbara, California, United States

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Saint Barbara is the patron saint of those who face danger and architects, which is a good thing for the Old Mission in Santa Barbara, California which has been under the control of three countries and has experienced several devastating earthquakes.

Praia da Vitória, Azores, Portugal

The Império da Caridade

In order to stave off disaster, many believers on Terceira Island in the Azores go on elaborate processions just as their ancestors did eight centuries ago.

Holmdel, New Jersey, United States

Church of St. Catharine

Don’t let this church’s size fool you — its halls may be small, but the tale of its determined beginnings and its miraculous revival is a grand one.

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, United States

Dog Chapel

All dogs go to heaven--but we get a Dog Chapel.

Starnberg, Germany

Kapelle St. Peter

This perfectly picturesque chapel was once the place to go to cure any number of diseases.

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Linh Son Temple

A place of worship and gathering space this spot brings peace to a community fleeing war.

Angoulême, France

Angoulême Cathedral

This Cathedral has spiritual roots in pre-Christian France, both in location and architecture.

Medan City, Indonesia

Al Mashun Grand Mosque

This beautifully designed mosque is located in the heart of one of the world's largest coffee producing regions.

Agra, India

Taj Mahal

An incredible love story behind a famed global site.

Tokyo, Japan

Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

Next to one of Tokyo's bustling train stations, this ancient Shinto shrine offers an oasis of tranquility.

Morelos, Mexico

Cuautla Church

A Roman Catholic sanctuary where masses are celebrated daily in the neighborhood of “Emiliano Zapata

Herat, Afghanistan

Great Mosque of Herat

Both mosque and nation make evident Afghans’ resilience and determination to overcome challenges and rise again.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks

Perast’s most famous landmark is this artificial islet, with a curious history, surrounded as much by legend as it is by water.

Budapest, Hungary

Matthias Church

The church’s present facade, topped by this one-of-a-kind glazed quilt, blends multiple traditions into a graceful whole.

King George Island, Antarctica

Holy Trinity Church

Antarctica is home to seven houses of worship - one made a long journey to serve parishioners at the at the bottom of the world.

Vestland, Norway

Undredal Stave Church

Famed for being the smallest stave church still in use in all of Scandinavia, it is just the right size for the village’s inhabitants of around 100 people and 500 goats.

Tallinn, Estonia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This church reaches new heights of aesthetically alluring detail being Tallinn’s largest orthodox cupola cathedral.

Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada

Christ Anglican Church

This lovely 19th-century church was built thanks to a land grant from a militia veteran of the War of 1812.

Lincoln, United Kingdom

Lincoln Cathedral

This cathedral was once the tallest building in the world -- surpassing the Pyramids of Giza.

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