The biggest temples in the world

These grand religious buildings are an invaluable cultural and historical heritage. The biggest temples of the world impress with its size and height.

The temples represented in our top ten belong to different religions. Annually they are visited not only by hundreds of thousands of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, but also tourists who want to look at such outstanding architectural sights.


  • 10. Cologne Cathedral, Germany
  • 9. Notre-Dame de la Paix, Cote d'Ivoire
  • 8. Temple of Heaven, China
  • 7. Lotus Temple, India
  • 6. Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
  • 5. Westminster Abbey, United Kingdom
  • 4. Ulm Cathedral, Germany
  • 3. Buddhist Temple Borobudur, Indonesia
  • 2. Masjid ul Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia
  • 1. St. Peter's Cathedral, Vatican

10. Cologne Cathedral, Germany

The highest temple in the world with two identical towers reaches a height of 157.4 meters. At 100-meter height, there is an observation deck, which is led by 533 steps. About 10 million euros are spent annually on the maintenance of the cathedral from the German treasury.

9. Notre-Dame de la Paix, Cote d'Ivoire

This Catholic church was built in 1989 in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, Yamoussoukro. The temple is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The cathedral's area is 30 thousand square meters.meters, the height of the dome - 158 meters. But according to the internal capacity of Notre-Dame de la Pate is inferior to the Cathedral of St. Peter, whose prototype was built.

8. Temple of the sky, China

The area of ​​the main buildings of this temple is 273 hectares. Two altars are connected by a bridge of scarlet steps with a length of 360 meters. The length of the Temple of the sky from north to south is 1200 meters.

7. Lotus Temple, India

This Bahai temple was built in 1986.The huge building of the temple is made of snow-white marble in the shape of a lotus flower. The main hall can accommodate up to 2,500 believers. By early 2002, the number of visitors to the lotus temple exceeded 50 million people.

6. Mosque of Hassan II, Morocco

This mosque has the world's highest minaret - 200 m. The length of the mosque is 183 meters. Among the adjacent buildings is worth noting stables, a museum and an underground parking for a thousand cars. The construction of the mosque lasted 13 years.

5. Westminster Abbey, United Kingdom

This Gothic temple is surprising in its size. The length of the cathedral is 156.5 meters. In the abbey there are icons painted by the Russian icon painter Sergei Fedorov. The temple is part of the World Heritage.

4. Ulm Cathedral, Germany

The highest in the world Christian church has a height of 161.5 m. The construction of the cathedral was conducted from 1377 to 1890.At an altitude of 143 meters there is an observation deck, popular with locals and tourists.

3. Buddhist temple Borobudur, Indonesia

The world's largest Buddhist temple began to be built in 800 AD.However, almost 800 years the temple was abandoned after a major earthquake. The modern appearance Borobudur found in the 20th century. The total volume of the temple is approximately 55 thousand cubic meters.meters.

2. Masjid-ul-Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia

The largest mosque in the world is located in Mecca. The total area of ​​the building, including a mosque and adjacent buildings, is 309 thousand square meters.meters. The temple has 48 entrances. Simultaneously, up to 700 thousand people can pray here.

1. St. Peter's Cathedral, Vatican

The world's largest Christian temple covers an area of ​​22 thousand square meters.meters. The height of the cathedral is 136 meters. At the same time, 60 thousand people can be in the church. On the erection and painting of the cathedral worked such masters as Donato Bramante, as well as Raphael and Michelangelo.