World’s 10 Largest Churches

10. Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar

Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar
Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar

Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Built: 1681-1872
Size: 8,318m²
The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. The Basilica venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar and is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history.

9. Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Location: Rome, Italy
Built: 4th Century-1823
Size: 8,515m²
Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls is also known as St. Paul’s outside the Walls, is one of Rome’s four ancient, Papal, major basilicas. It was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine I over the burial place of St. Paul.

8. Church of the Santíssima Trindade

Church of the Santíssima Trindade
Church of the Santíssima Trindade

Location: Fátima, Portugal
Built: 2004-2007
Size: 8,700m²
The Church of the Santíssima Trindade is officially called the minor Basilica of the Holy Trinity. It is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in the Sanctuary of Fátima of Fátima, in Portugal.

7. Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

Location: Liverpool, UK
Built: 1904-1978
Size: 9,687m²
Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool, built on St James’s Mount in Liverpool and is the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool.

6. Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń

Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń
Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń

Location: Licheń Stary, Poland
Built: 1994-2004
Size: 10,090m²
The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń is a Roman Catholic church located in the village of Licheń Stary in the Greater Poland Voivodeship in Poland. It was designed by Barbara Bielecka and is one of the tallest and largest churches in the world.

5. Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral

Location: Milan, Italy
Built: 1386-1965
Size: 10,186m²
Milan Cathedral  is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. It is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity and it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. This cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete and it is the second largest church in Italy and the third in the world.

4. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Location: New York, US
Built: 1892-present
Size: 11,200m²
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is located in New York City on Amsterdam Avenue. It was designed in 1888 and has undergone radical stylistic changes. It was originally designed in the Byzantine Revival-Romanesque Revival styles but the plan was changed after 1909 to a Gothic Revival design. It is still unfinished.

3. Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral

Location: Seville, Spain
Built: 1401-1538
Size: 11,520m²
Seville Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville, Andalusia of Spain. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world.

2. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Location: Aparecida, Brazil
Built: 1955-1980
Size: 12,000m²
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida is a prominent Roman Rite Catholic basilica located in Aparecida, Brazil. It is dedicated to Our Lady Aparecida, as the principal Patroness of Brazil. It is the second largest church in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica.

1. St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica

Location: Rome, Italy
Built: 1506-1626
Size: 15,160m²
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is simply known as St. Peter’s Basilica. It is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. It is the largest church in the world and is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. It was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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