Churches are the religious place of Christians to worship. As Christianity is the the oldest and the religion with the most followers so there have been a lot of churches been constructed in the areas where Christians resides. I accept that Islam has now become the world’s fastest popularity gaining religion but still Christianity has been able to grab the followers more than Islam in quantity. Every country allows people to practice their religion when and where they want. So being the largest religion there have been numerous religions which have been the place to many popes and hundreds and thousands of people worship their God daily and weekly in these Churches. We have today compiled a list of the Top ten best and the largest yet most active churches in the world. Let’s have a look at them.
Largest Churches in the World
10. Sanctuary of our Lady of Lichen
Located in Poland, the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lichen church was opened to public to worship in 2004. It covers a grand area of 122 meters and width is 79 meters. The construction of this grand church started in 1994 and completed in 2004. It is the sixth largest church in Europe and a huge number of worshipers visit it on daily basis.
9. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Covering an area of 30,000 square meters the grand Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Church is located in Ivory Coast and was constructed, completed and opened to public in 1989. Due to its vast area and great splendor more than 18,000 people can worship to God at the same time. It is the 9th largest Church in the world.
8. Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the oldest churches as the building started to construct in 1905 and completed in 1970. The church was opened to public the same year so it is almost a century old church by now. The church was badly affected by the two world wars so it was built twice and nearly 20,000 people can worship in the church.
7. Milan Cathedral
The grand and majestic Church of Milan Cathedral situated in Italy took the longest time ever to build. It is also the most famous church in the world; this is the reason that it is also known as the most visited building in Europe. The church is 157 meters long and 92 meters wide and is dedicated to the Great Santa Maria Nascent.
6. Church of the Most Holy Trinity
Another holy church from Portugal whose construction started in 2004 and was built in the shortest span of time and became public in 2007. Almost 10,000 worshipers can perform at the same time. It is 95 meter long and 115 meter wide and is the 6th largest Church in the world.
5. Liverpool Cathedral
The Liverpool Cathedral is one of the most beautiful church made in the history of Christians. The building stands on the sand stone which is the unique and ideal place for a church like this. It covers an area of 9,600 square meters and is famous for its beauty and the heavy 31 tons Bells which have the most attractive sound. These bells are also known as Bartlett Bells.
4. Cathedral of Saint John
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is located in United States of America. The glorious building was designed by the famous architect named Philip Hubert and George Fredrick. The church was built for Gothic worshiping and it has the capacity to adjust about 20,000 people at a time.
3. Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral of Seville is located in Spain and is considered to be one of the most historical buildings of the area. Some people say that the Cathedral took almost two whole centuries to complete. The grand church covers an area of 11,520 square meter so you can easily imagine how large the cathedral must be.
2. Basilica of National Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida
Located in Brazil, the Basilica of National Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida. The construction of this great church started in 1908 and completed in 1955. The idea of the construction of this Shrine came into the mind of child of the Pope saint X. With the sitting capacity of 45,000 people at a time, it is known to be the most important National Shrine in the country.
1. Saint Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City
The Vatican City is the hub of the Christians and this can also be called as the headquarters of the Christians at Saint Peter’s Basilica Church. The construction of this Church started in 1506 and completed in 1626 and it took about 120 long years to complete this official church. This largest ever Church has the capacity of more than 60,000 worshipers at a time and all the major and head popes sit here. It is considered to be the holiest and the most sacred place of all the Christians.