Houses of worship are holy places. A place to communicate with God, a place to pray and a place to calm down. Here are the 5 most wow houses of worship in the world.
Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia
As a holy city for Muslims, Mecca has the largest and grandest mosque in the world. Haram Mosque is a mosque that is built around the Kaaba, the qibla of Muslims in performing the prayers. The 400,000-square-meter mosque is always full of pilgrims during the Hajj.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
This is the most impressive and sacred Buddhist temple for the people of Myanmar. This 2,500-year-old temple is lined with thousands of charming gold and diamond bars, while storing eight strands of sacred Buddha’s hair. The temple, which occupies an area of 114 hectares in Singuttara Hill, Yangon City, this pagoda is the most sacred place of worship for the people of Myanmar who are predominantly Buddhist.
Shwedagon Pagoda is a combination of temples, stupas and sculptures that reflect architectural art more than 2,500 years ago. The lower stupa is made of 8,688 gold bars, plus another 13,153 stems in the upper stupa. At the top of this pagoda there are 5,448 diamonds, 2,317 rubies, 1,065 gold bells, and one 76-carat diamond which is the highest point of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
The mosque which has 4 floors has a very beautiful architecture. The floor is made of soft colored marble, the roof and pillars are decorated with beautiful ornaments and high artistic taste. On each floor, zam-zam water, Al-Qur’an shelves and white trash cans are provided. This mosque can accommodate 800,000 people inside the mosque and 1,120,000 people outside the mosque.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
St Peter’s Basilica became the most famous building in the Vatican. Not just its splendor but also because of its history. This 220 x 150 meter basilica has 80 important places in it. The basilica ceiling is beautifully decorated with gold ornaments and paintings. There are dozens of chapels, altars and monuments in there.
There are 3 whale mummies scattered inside the basilica. They are Pope Innocent XI, Pope Pius X, and Pope Johannes XXIII. This whale mummy is placed in an airtight glass coffin. For those who want to worship, can conduct worship activities in the Chapel of Blessed Sacrament.
Lotus Temple, India
One of the magnificent buildings in India is the Lotus Temple. The building used by the Baha’i followers has a unique concept that is all 9. As the name implies, this building is shaped like a lotus, there are 3 levels of petals there and each level has 9 flowers.
The greatness of the number 9 was chosen by the Baha’i faiths because 9 represents many things. Starting from the number of holes in the human body to the fact that 9 is the largest number between the numbers 0-9. The Lotus Temple architect is of Iranian descent living in Canada. This building has received many world-class architectural awards, after it was built in 1986.
Murudeshwara Temple, India
The temple which was designated for the Shiva God became the temple with the second largest Shiva statue in the world. This amazing temple is on the shores of the Arabian Sea. What’s interesting about Murudeshwara temple is of course the huge statue of Lord Shiwa. The 37 meter tall statue takes 2 years to complete.
Next to the statue of Lord Shiwa, there is a 20-level gate named Raja Gopura. This gate is a place of worship for Hindus in India. This magnificent building attracts the attention of many people and becomes one of the grandest houses of worship in the world.