5 Beautiful Churches You Will Want To See On Your Travels
Travellers who revel in the beauty of exquisite art and architecture already know the value of visiting an old church. In many cases the best and brightest minds were employed during construction, resulting in buildings that inspire wonder and amazement. From Prague to Paris let’s take a look at 5 of the most beautiful such churches…
# 1 – The St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert in the Czech Republic, informally called the St. Vitus Cathedral is located Prague Castle. With a history dating back to approximately 903 when Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia founded a circular Romanesque church. Lovers of incredible architecture will enjoy a trip to visit this glorious cathedral.
# 2 – Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris, a medieval Catholic cathedral in Paris, France is widely regarded as the planet’s finest example of French Gothic architecture. Containing a reliquary housing some of Catholicism’s most significant relics, the Notre Dame Cathedral took almost 200 years to complete and is breathtaking to look upon. If you find yourself lucky enough to visit the famed cathedral, take the opportunity to enjoy the carefully crafted statues on the exterior of the building and note the incredible rose window as you enter the iconic space.
# 3 – St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
Officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was built between 1555 and 1561. Built to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, the building is located in Russia’s famous Red Square and was constructed on the orders of Ivan the Terrible. Now a museum, legend proclaims Ivan blinded the architect who created the building so that he could never reproduce the masterwork at another location. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, St. Basil’s Cathedral is a “must see” if you ever find yourself in Russia’s capital city.
# 4 – The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City
The Apostolic Palace, located in the Vatican City, is the official residence of the Pope and home of the legendary Sistine Chapel. Restored by Pope Sixtus IV between 1477 and 1480, the Sistine Chapel has become world famous for the exquisite frescos adorning the interior of the building, specifically the ceiling and The Last Judgment painted my Michelangelo. Serving as the site of the Papal conclave, the Sistine Chapel is steeped in history and the ideal place to view impressive architecture and art at its finest.
# 5 – The Milan Cathedral in Milan
Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, the Milan Cathedral in Italy is the official seat of the Archbishop of Milan. Taking almost six hundred years to complete, the Gothic style cathedral referred to as Duomo di Milano in Italian, is the largest church in Italy. Workers broke ground on the original building in 1386 under the direction of Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo. The fifth largest church in the world was eventually completed in 1965 and is one of Milan’s greatest highlights for those who appreciate art and architecture.