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Popular Religious Sites Attractions in Europe

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris·France
4.6/5
2,274 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Church
[Editor's Note: On 15 April, 2019, a fire destroyed large portions of Notre-Dame. The much of the historic wooden roof and the cathedral spire were lost. As of this edit, the extent of the damage was still being assessed. The cathedral will be forced to close for the foreseeable future.] Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, known simply as Notre-Dame, is often described as the very heart of Paris. Construction work began in 1160 and was largely completed in 1260, through renovations and modifications occurred often over the following centuries. It is a stunning example of French Gothic architecture and particularly well-known for its many gargoyles and flying buttresses. The cathedral’s stained glasses windows date from the 13th century, making them essentially priceless. Notre-Dame has played an important role throughout French history. In 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France here. Located on the Ile de la Cite in the Sine River, Notre-Dame is a true masterpiece.
Milan Cathedral
Milan·Italy
4.6/5
1,476 Reviews
Church
Milan Cathedral is a famous landmark located in Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. The gorgeous exterior of the church is contrasted with its simple interior, with a long and narrow hall and high ceiling. The floor of the hall consists of colored tile that has survived for hundreds of years. On both sides of the hall are towering stone pillars and beautiful stained-glass windows, most featuring sections of the story of Jesus. There are three circular lattice windows on the east side of the church, generally considered the finest windows in the entire church.
Sagrada Familia
Barcelona·Spain
4.7/5
2,267 Reviews
Church
The Sagrada Familia is a prestigious tourist attraction and landmark in Barcelona. It is a stunning work by the great architect Antoni Gaudí, but was never completed. Donations keep construction going and it is due to be completed by 2026. Construction of the Nativity facade and basement has been taken over by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Climb up one of the tall spires of the church to enjoy a bird's eye view of Barcelona.
Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence·Italy
4.6/5
1,283 Reviews
Church
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of the Catholic Diocese of Florence. It is the third-largest cathedral in the world and a symbol of the Italian city. In 1982, the cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site and part of the historical center of Florence. The outside of the church is matched with bright red, dark green, and white marble to form spectacular geometric designs that display the classical, elegant and free interpretation characteristic of the Renaissance era. It is both dramatic and beautiful from any angle.
Westminster Abbey
London·United Kingdom
4.6/5
795 Reviews
Church
Westminster Abbey is also called the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster. Its status as a Church of England “Royal Peculiar” means it is used exclusively by the British royal family. No other church in England is as important and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1066, nearly all important royal ceremonies have been held here. It served as the wedding venue for Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton. Furthermore, the royal tombs of England are located here. Apart from members of the royal family, many important historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and, most recently, Stephen Hawking are also buried here.
Cologne Cathedral
Cologne·Germany
4.7/5
678 Reviews
Church
Cologne Cathedral is a large church in Germany and one of the tallest churches. It is world-renowned for its lightness and elegance. It is located in the heart of Cologne, on the banks of the Rhine. Building on a foundation of hundreds of thousands of tons of stones until it reached its current massive scale, the German national spirit contained in this is something that other buildings simply cannot represent.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague·Czech Republic
4.7/5
492 Reviews
Church
St. Vitus Cathedral is located in the third atrium of Prague Castle. It was built in the 14th century and has been expanded three times in history. It was officially completed in 1929 and is an important landmark of Prague Castle. Here you can see the beautiful rose window, the south facade of the "Golden Gate", the South Tower overlooking Prague, the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk and the Václav Chapel. In addition, it is also the place where the royal family of Prague Castle was crowned and died after the death.
Saint Mark's Basilica
Venice·Italy
4.6/5
587 Reviews
Church
Started in the 9th Century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows an eastern and Byzantine influence: note the golden altarpiece and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate the cycles of the Bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th Century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace. Other great artworks are located in the Pala d'Oro , along with masterpieces of Gothic gold-smithing, located just behind the altar. At hundreds of years in the making, this beautiful basilica is not just a work of art itself, but houses some of the most important works of art in the world. Step inside (though mind the dress code) to marvel at the golden altarpiece, the mosaics dating back to the 13th century and which portray the cycles of the Bible, and the jaw-dropping domes. The basilica also houses the Marciano Museum and a wonderful display of the most amazing goldsmith work of the Gothic era.
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