Temples are not only designed for beauty. Their architecture comes with a sense of mystic that it is not a wonder that their designers have invested not only time and effort but also their hearts and souls to honor deities. These beautiful temples are not only sanctuaries for the weary soul but also a refreshing sight for travelers. You definitely must see them for yourselves!
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
Also known as the Great Dragon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a 99-meter gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma. It dominates the skyline of the city as it lies just west of Kandawgyi Lake. The Burmese consider it the most sacred Buddhist pagoda because of the relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within it: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair of the historical Buddha, Gautama.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica is the paragon of Renaissance architecture and was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It remains one of the largest churches in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites. It holds “a unique position in the Christian world” and is the “greatest of all churches of Christendom.”
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Wat Rong Khun, more well-known as White Temple to foreign visitors, is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the structure was established to unite the cultural diversity of Islams and the historical and modern values of architecture and art. Construction ran from 1996 to 1997. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and the eight-largest in the world.
The Harmandir Sahib, Punjab, India
This distinguished Sikh Gurdwara, which is located in Amritsar, Punjab, India, was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, in the sixteenth century. The Harmandir Sahib is otherwise known as Darbar Sahib or the Golden Temple.
Prambanan, Central Java, Indonesia
Prambanan is a Hindu temple built in the ninth century and dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer. It is located in a compound in Central Java, Indonesia, approximately 17 km northeast of Yogyakarta.
Sri Ranganathaswamy, Srirangam, India
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam Tamil is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha and is located in Tamil Nadu, India. It was constructed with a Dravidian style of architecture and was exalted in the Thiviya Pirabandham, an early medieval Tamil literature.
s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Once a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed has now been transformed into a museum officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. The construction of the temple (1555–1961) was initiated through the orders of Ivan the Terrible. It also stands to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.
The Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
The Temple of Heaven is a multiplex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties had paid their visit to the temple for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for good harvest. Others consider it as a Taoist Temple especially by the current reigning monarch.
Gawdawpalin Temple, Bagan, Myanmar
Located in Bagan, Burma, Gawdawpalin Temple is a Buddhist temple constructed during the reign of Narapatisithu (1174–1211) and completed on March 26, 1227, during the reign of Htilominlo (1211–1235). It is the second tallest temple in Bagan, with two storeys and three lower terraces and four upper terraces. The temple had undergone reconstruction after it was damaged during an earthquake in 1975.
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