The earth has many sacred and holy sites spread all across. From temples, mosques, churches to monasteries, the faith of millions and billions people are everyday restored and heightened by these places. Coming to churches, well, the atmosphere lit with candles and presence of a pure holy existence, has many visiting them frequently. Around the world there are many churches that have both ancient and historical importance. Here is the introduction to three such famous churches.
- Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow.
Built in the 16th century, the church is also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat’. Ironically, it was built on the orders of Ivan the terrible to celebrate the capture of Tartar stronghold of Kazan. The entire building was called the ‘Trinity church’ with a total of 10 churches. In 1588, the tenth church was built on the grave of Saint Basil. The architecture of the church has no analogues, but over the years it has been believed that the place is Qolsharif Mosque recreation. Unlike the regular basic pattern of the construction, the architectures of the cathedral went for a symmetrical floor decision that had eight churches surrounding the core. And, while you can witness many colors on the church and its onion shaped domes, it was only 200 years later its construction that these colors were added to the buildings. The cathedral has become a known landmark of Moscow and its domes have found a place in the emblems.
- Westminster Abbey, London
One of the most famous churches around the world, Westminster Abbey surely attracts the maximum attention and is one of the most popular landmarks of London. This Gothic church was initially named as the ‘Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster’. One of the most religious buildings in England, the church was built around the 10th century by Edward the Confessor. A number of interesting and amazing facts makes the Westminster Abbey one of the most intriguing churches of all times. There are said to more than 450 tombs including royals and Poet’s Corner. While another fact have placed that it has the oldest door in England. Over the centuries, the church has witnessed several royal ceremonies like coronation of kings and queens, royal weddings and funeral. Even today, Westminster Abbey is of utmost importance when it comes to coronations and weddings.
- Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.
The most important events in history can be quoted as the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. Well, the Church of Holy Sepulcher in the old city of Jerusalem is the site that is the part of this important event. It is the holy site where Jesus Christ has said to be risen from dead and contains his tomb along with the place where he was crucified. One of the most important Christian pilgrimage places even before the 4th century, it initially was a temple built in 2nd century to hide the cave Jesus was buried in. Later on, Constantine ordered it to be replaced by a church. Today, while this place has many pilgrims visiting the ancient sacred site, there are also unanswered questions about the burial cave of Jesus Christ.