While churches serve mainly as places of worship, they also represent some of the most beautiful and artistic buildings to connect with the divine. Although styles vary from different eras and locations, these structures are filled with detailed architectural elements, exquisite craftsmanship and elegant finishes.
From an Antoni Gaudí-designed — and still under construction — minor basilica in Barcelona to a modern marvel of glass in California, here’s a look at some of the world’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals as seen on Instagram!
Sainte-Chapelle – Paris
St. Pauls Cathedral – London
Cathedral of Maringá – Maringá, Brazil
Hallgrímskirkja – Reykjavík, Iceland
Crystal Cathedral – Garden Grove, California
Santuario Nuestra Sra de las Lajas – Nariño, Colombia
St. Peters Basilica – Vatican City
St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow
Saint Joseph’s Oratory – Montreal
Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain