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40 BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES IN THE WORLD

Maundy Thursday for the Roman Catholic community is usually celebrated by Seven Churches Visitation or what we call in the Philppines as Visita Iglesia.

If you must know, I grew up memorising the major streets of Metro Manila and nearby southern and northern provinces because our mother back home used to take our whole family to observe Visita Iglesia in not only 7 churches but 30 (a number equivalent to the silver coins that Judas received for betraying Jesus).

More than being familiar with streets and directions, I also developed the appreciation of the arts (in religious sculptures and paintings), and architecture in visiting various churches back home, which I eventually took with me whenever I get a chance to travel to various countries.

In commemoration of Holy Week, I’m sharing a random photoessay of the 40 of the world’s most beautiful churches that I’ve been to (there are more churches on my list, however, I lost files of photos of them).

Churches Around the World
Templo de la Compañía de Jesús, Plaza de Armas del Cusco, Peru.
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roma, Italia.
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San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila.
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Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.
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The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or Il Duomo di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
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St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta.
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Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy.
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St.Nicholas Church, Lesser Town, Prague, Czech Republic.
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St. Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Temppeliaukio Church or Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland.
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Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy.
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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Lima, Peru.
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Dome of Sacré-Cœur or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paris, France.
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Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary.
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Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz, Bolivia.
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St.Peter’s Church, Latvia.
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Duomo di Napoli, Naples, Italy.
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Dome of Carmelite Priory, Mdina, Malta.
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Sant’Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.
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Dome of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, Positano, Salerno, Italy.
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Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Church of St. John of Matha and St. Felix of Valois or Trinity Church, Bratislava, Slovakia.
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The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, Venice, Italy.
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Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St.Julian’s, Malta.
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, France.
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Sent Antuan Kilisesi, or St. Anthony of Padua Church, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey.
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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia.
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Mosaic of Jesus Christ in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Duomo di Santa Maria Nascente or Milan Cathedral, Milano, Italy.
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Suomenlinna Church, Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki, Finland.
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Parish Church in Senglea, Malta.
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Altar of the Pantheon, Rome, Italy.
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The Shio Mgvime Monastery, Georgia.
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Church of Gesù Nuovo, Napoli, Italy.
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Parish Church of Mellieha, Malta.
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Chapel inside Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru.
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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Chapel in Sorrento, Italy.
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Igreja da Ordem Terceira dos Mínimos de São Francisco de Paula, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
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Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

8 Comments

  1. I’m glad you have your collections of churches around the world, but how come there’s no Philippines 😉😊

    • docgelo docgelo

      You probably missed out the photo of San Agustin Church in Intramuros above. Nevertheless, thank you so much, Ms. Alice for checking out my blog again! 🙂

  2. Thelma Grover Thelma Grover

    Thank you kindly for sharing those magnificent churches. Based in Florida, we happened to be in New York City last week so we attended Palm Sunday mass at St Patrick Cathedral. Another magnificent house of worship.

    • docgelo docgelo

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks for visiting my blog; really appreciate it!

      I’ll surely include St.Patrick’s Cathedral when I get a chance to visit NYC in the near future.

      Have a blessed Easter Sunday!

  3. Teresita Santos Teresita Santos

    Maraming salamat at hindi mo nalilimutan ang pamana ko saiyong visita iglesia in 30 churches every Lenten season. Amazing all wonderful churches around the world na narating mo na.

  4. Beautiful churches Doc! hope to see some from your extensive list next month.Happy Easter, have a blessed one Doc 🙂

  5. Lesley Lesley

    Ang galing mo Doc, 40 churches sa differrnt countries!!. At ang gaganda ng churches. Pero Doc diba nagpunta na kayo dito sa Spain? But wondering, bakit wala sa list?

    • docgelo docgelo

      Thanks, Lesley.
      No, I have not been to Spain.

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