15 of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World

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5) Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe Chapel, France

It may not be mighty, but this little chapel is one of the most unique structures in the world. It is built at the very top of what is described as a needle-shaped volcanic rock, the rock alone, extends over 85m (about 280 ft). A series of 268 stone steps provide the only means of ascent to the chapel, and the walkway of steps allows visitors beautiful views of the city of Aiguilhe. Scholars estimate the original chapel was built around 962CE, although the structure was significantly expanded in the 12th century. The location of the chapel has been revered since pre-historic times, however, being used as a dolmen, or site for tombs, and the site was also used by the Romans to venerate Mercury, messenger of the Gods. In spite its small stature, the chapel is popular with pilgrims because of its charm and simplicity.

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