15 of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World

La Sagrada Familia

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6) Sagrada Familia, Spain

This basilica, located in Barcelona, was begun in the late 19th century, and construction on it continues today. It is without doubt one of the most imposing and august buildings in the world. The original design, under the influence of Antoni Gaudi, included elements of Spanish Late Gothic and Catalan Noucentisme, making it truly distinctive. Gaudi’s original plan included 3 façades, and 18 spires. The façades, two of which are completed, are vastly different in their ornamentation and feel. The Nativity façade, which faces to the East, was the first to be completed and reflects pleasant symbols of nature, whereas the Passion façade, facing West, is characterized by distressing representations of the crucifixion, and illustrates the consequences of a sinful life. Once the final central spire is completed, the basilica will be the tallest church structure in the world, measuring 170m (560ft) in height.

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