As one of the true testaments of man’s devotion to God, several churches have reached extraordinary grand sizes and appearance.
Although by no means is the size of a church or a cathedral the sign of true faith, one cannot argue that some of the churches we are about to present you with are breathtaking to say the least.
Therefore, check out the top 10 biggest churches in the world below.
10. Cathedral of Saint Sava – Belgrade, Serbia
8,162 square meters (87,855 square feet)
Located in Belgrade, Serbia, the Cathedral of Saint Sava is the biggest Orthodox church in the world and is dedicated to non other than the founder of Serbian Orthodox Church – Saint Sava.
The construction of this grand building was completed with the placement of the 4,000 ton central dome on June 26, 1989.
09. Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar – Zaragoza, Spain
8,318 square meters (89,534 square feet)
One of the best-known cathedrals in Spain, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is located in the city of Zaragoza on the banks of Ebro river.
The distinctive Gothic style gives this building all the more unique appearance.
08. Church of the Santíssima Trindade – Fatima, Portugal
8,700 square meters (93,646 square feet)
Church of the Santíssima Trindade, or Church of the Most Holy Trinity in English, has landed on #8 of our list as the biggest church in all of Portugal.
The unorthodox architectural style has made this church quite an eye-catcher.
07. Liverpool Cathedral – Liverpool, England
9,687 square meters (104,270 square feet)
The biggest Anglican church in Europe, Liverpool Cathedral is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin.
With a total area of 9,687 square meters, it is bound to take your breath away.
06. Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń – Licheń Stary, Poland
10,090 square meters (108,608 square feet)
Located in the village of Lichen Stary with a mere 1100 inhabitans, Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń basically looms over the entire town with a height of almost 100 meters and a total area of 10,090 square meters.
05. Milan Cathedral – Milan, Italy
10,186 square meters (109,641 square feet)
The construction of this extravagant cathedral began in the year of 1386, making it the oldest building on our entire list.
With a total area of 10,186 square meters, it lands on #5 of our top list.
04. Cathedral of St. John the Divine – New York, USA
11,200 square meters (120,556 square feet)
The biggest church in USA, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the work of architect Simon Veridi.
Although the construction has begun in 1892, this Manhattan cathedral is officially still unfinished.
03. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See – Seville, Spain
11,520 square meters (124,000 square feet)
With a total area of 11,520 square meters, the Seville Cathedral has cracked the top 3 of our biggest churches list.
After the completion in the sixteenth century, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See took actually over the title of the largest cathedral in the world.
02. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida – Aparecida, Brazil
12,000 square meters (129,167 square feet)
Some say that the grand Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is bigger than the town it is located in.
Truly a giant structure, it comes very close to our list’s number one.
01. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican
20,139 square meters (216,774 square feet)
Finally, we’ve come to St. Peter’s Basilica, the very center of Roman Catholic faith.
The most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, it was designed by some of the most prominent architects of all time.
The ultimate legacy of man’s faith in God, a grand building in many ways, the St. Peter’s Basilica and it’s total area of 20,139 square meters is officially the biggest church in the world.
by Dusan T.