947) Thirty Magnificent Churches

Today’s meditation is made up primarily of pictures, not words.  Below are thirty beautiful photographs of some of the most extraordinary churches in the world.


Father, we pray for your Church throughout the world, that it may share in the work of your Son, revealing you to all people and reconciling them to you and to one another; that we and all Christian people may learn to love one another as you have loved us, and your Church may more and more reflect the unity which is your will and your gift, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

–Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral


Psalm 5:7a  —  I, by your great love, can come into your house…

Psalm 122:1  —  I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

Psalm 84:1…10b  —  How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!…  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.



Lake Bled,  Slovenia
Las Laras Sanctuary, Columbia
Notre-Dame Basillica,  Montreal, Canada
Cadet Chapel, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona
Borgund Stave Church, Norway
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Island, Wisconsin
Duoma, Milan, Italy
Church of Holy Cross, Santorini, Greece
St. Vinzenz Church, Heiligenblut, Austria
St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
St. Michaels Cathedral,  Kiev, Ukraine
Church of Assumption, Bled Lake, Slovenia
Church of Our Savior, St. Petersburg, Russia
 Heddal Stave Church, Norway
St. Bartholoma, Lake Konigssee, Germany
Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida,  Brasilia,Brazil
St. Basil’s, Moscow, Russia
Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, Dinant, Belgium
Lutheran Church of Hallgrimur, Iceland
Our Lady of Covadonga Cathedral, Spain
Salisbury Cathedral, Great Britain
Nuestra Nenora de Gracia, Cuenca, Spain
Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem
St. Charles Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris, France
Basilica of the National Vow, Quito, Ecuador
Church of Dmitry on Blood,  Uglich, Russia
Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, Shipka, Bulgaria
Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe, Puy-en-Velay, France