Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Largest Churches in The World 2017. The church has for a very long time been considered to be sacred, not only by Christians but the world in general. This is one reason that you are more likely to see churches built in different sizes, some are very large while others are small in size. Early architects did come up with great designs to build these churches and some have gone to break world records because of their sizes. Many great and some of the best designs are Jesus Christ and his mother, the Virgin Mary. However, nowadays churches are not only used as places of worship but as tourists attractions. Some of the largest churches making the top ten in the world are listed below.
List of Top 10 Largest Churches in The World 2017
10. The Ulm Minster
This great church building is found in Ulm city, Germany. Standing at a height of 161.5 meters, it covers a surface area of 8260 square meters. Its first construction started back in 1377 but was delayed and was completed officially completed in May 1890. The 768 steps lead you to the top of this church and provides you with a great view of the city below. This church was not initially for Christians and the Gothic architecture shows you that. However in the 16th century the church was officially converted to being a Christian church.
The choir stall made of Oak and has carvings done by the great German sculptor Syrin Jirg is one of the amazing features in this church. This stall dates back to the 15th century.
9. Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral is considered in U.K as one of the biggest Cathedral. Its length of 198 meters makes it one of the longest churches in the world. Liverpool Cathedral covers a surface area of 9687 square meters and a height of 101 meters. The 10,268 pipes running within the church makes it one of the church that has the largest operational organ. The interior is decorated with numerous colors and the main alter is located on a circular design. A peal in the church is one of the most notable attraction standing at a height of 67 meters. This peal is not only the highest but also the heaviest in the world.
8. Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar
The El Pilar Basilica has an origin story of Virgin Mary ordering its construction to St. James when she gave her statute made of wood and pillar. It is constructed in Aragon, Spain. It is 8318 square meters and has four amazing pillar towers with eleven cupolas in it. A statue of Mary the Virgin standing at 15 inches tall is one amazing feature found in this church. The El Pillar festival that is celebrated every year makes it the most visited pilgrimage center in the world.
7. The Holy Trinity Church
This church is located in Santarem district, Portugal. Some of the outstanding features about is its oval design and the ground it covers approximated to be about 8700 square meters. Unlike other churches that were built in the 19th century, this was built by a Greek architecture Alenxandros Tombazis between 2004 and 2007. It can comfortably accommodate more than 9,000 worshipers at ago.
The construction of this church began in 1904 but was not consecrated until in 1978. This church is also know as the Metropolitan Cathedral. This is one of the Top 10 Largest Churches in The World 2017.
6. The cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Named after Jesus favorite disciple St. John. It is located in New York City, U.S.A. Standing on a surface area of 112,000 square meters and a length of 183.2 meters makes it one of the biggest Anglican Cathedral church in the world. It was designed by two American architects, George Heins and Christopher Grant and the construction work begun in 1892. On the entrance of the church is a depiction of St. John witnessing transfiguration of Jesus Christ and engraved Bible verses.
The entrance door is made of bronze and has 48 relief panels. It is ranked fifth stained-glass in the entire world because of the 1,000 pieces of colored stained-glasses used.
5. Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen
The Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen church is located in Konin, Poland. The construction of this Church begun 1844 and lasted for more than 10 years to end. The church has symbolic features that include, 33 steps leading to the church represent life of Jesus Christ here on earth, 365 windows representing number of days in a year, 52 doors representing number of weeks in a year and 12b columns representing each Apostle. It stands on 141.2 meters height and covers a ground surface area of 10090 square meters.
4. Milan Cathedral
This church is located in Milan, Italy. It is the second largest Catholic Cathedral worldwide. It took five centuries to finish its construction and it begun in 1386.It is 157 meters in height and covers a surface area of 10186 square meters.The 135 spires in the church also are examples of Gothic architecture. It is decorated with 3,400 different statue sculptures that represent different sculpting worlds. People come from all over the world just to climb top of the Cathedral.
3. Seville Cathedral
This church is located in Seville, Spain. Standing on 11,520 square meters and a height of 42 meters makes it one of the biggest churches in the world. It became very famous since Christopher Columbus was laid to rest in the same region where it is located. It was designed by French architect Rouen Cathedral and constructed between 1402 and 1528. The 45 wooden carved scenes, gold decorated interiors and carved scenes about Jesus Christ life makes it an unique altarpiece worldwide.
2. Basilica of National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
This is second biggest covering a floor area of 120,000 square meters. It is located in Aparecida, Brazil. It is reported to have a space enough to accommodate 45,000 worshipers at a go. It has an origin story of fishermen who found Virgin Mary sculptures and they decided to keep in shrines which are the church’s current location. It was built back in 1834 and has dome shape architecture.
1. St. Peter Basilica
Worldwide this is the St. Peter Basilica which has a floor area of 15160 square meters and is 186 meters in length with a height of 136 meters high. It is located in Vatican City. It is an important symbol of Roman Catholic Church. It was first built in 320 Ad by Emperor Constantine and later redesigned to its current design by Pope Nicolas V.it has unique symbolic features that include 140 statues that represent various Saints in Roman Catholic Church, it has 100 tombs where several popes have been buried and there is also a holy door that is open only during holy years.
Now you know which are some of the largest churches worldwide 2017. I hope the above information will be of great help.