The Top 10 Biggest Churches in the World

Probably the only building that attributes its architecture to the Higher Being that is God, below are the churches that have made it to the top 10 in terms of size. Not that these are plain architectural masterpieces; hence, its vastness; these have been built with the idea of conveying spirituality, religion and faith that has transcended time and belief.

Let’s take a look at the 10 Biggest Churches in the world:

10: The Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia

Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia

Having an area of 8,162 square meters and completely standing by June 26, 1989, the Cathedral of Saint Sava is dubbed as the biggest Orthodox church in the world. It is so named in honor of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s founder, Saint Sava.

 

9: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain

 Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

It has an area of 8,318 square meters (89,534 square feet). This Gothic-inspired cathedral is one of the well-known cathedrals in all of Spain that sits on the banks of the Ebro river.

 

8: The Church of the Santíssima Trindade in Fatima, Portugal

Church of the Santíssima Trindade in Fatima, Portugal

Occupying 8,700 square meters (93,646 square feet) of earth, this church is also known as the Church of the Most Holy Trinity as it translates in English. Its surprising architectural style has actually made it a landmark as one of the biggest churches in the world. It is not the usual church façade that you see with towers and intricate detail. Rather, it is a whole block of silent simple lines that do command attention 2013 being a church, that is, as it doesn’t look the part.

 

7: The Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool, England

Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool, England

With a land area of 9,687 square meters (104,270 square feet), the Liverpool Cathedral is considered the largest Anglican church in Europe. The seat of the Bishop of Liverpool, it is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin. Apparently, this is also one among the tallest non-spired churches in the world.

 

6: The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń in Licheń Stary

Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń in Licheń Stary

It occupies 10,090 square meters (108,608 square feet) of space. Quite the irony being located in a village with only 1100 inhabitants, the The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń is a behemoth of an infrastructure, towering over the town with its majestic height of nearly 100 meters.

 

5: The Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy

 Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy

The Milan Cathedral has a floor area of 10,186 square meters (109,641 square feet). This also happens to be the oldest in this list, standing tall since 1386, literally transcending centuries and showcasing classic basilica architecture.

 

4: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, USA

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

This is also the biggest church in United States of America, having an area of 11,200 square meters (120,556 square feet). Done by architect Simon Veridi, this Manhattan cathedral is surprisingly still incomplete, despite the fact that it has been under construction since 1892.

 

3: The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea in Seville, Spain

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea in Seville, Spain

Back in the sixteenth century after its completion, The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea was then one of the biggest churches in the world. Land area measures 11,520 square meters (124,000 square feet).

 

2: The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida, Brazil

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida, Brazil

At 12,000 square meters (129,167 square feet), there are some who declared that the grand Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is, in fact, bigger than the town where it is situated.

 

1: The St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican

The seat of Roman Catholicism, the St. Peter’s Basilica occupies a vast expanse of 20,139 square meters (216,774 square feet), making it the biggest church in the world. The most renowned in the list as well, this is where the Pope gathers the global catholic community for profession of their devotion to their divine religion. The center landmark of the Vatican City, this is also known as the burial site of St. Peter, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. It saw its completion in 2013 after a century. Yes, it took 100 years to deliver a magnificent place of worship such as this. And as of today, there seems to be nothing that could move the St. Peter’s Basilica off this list. Perhaps in another 100 years, but today, the throne for the biggest church in the world also happens to be the home of the world’s principal religion, Roman Catholicism.

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