15 sacred works that are considered architectural masterpieces
Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan: This monastery lies on a cliff in the Paro valley of Bhutan. Photo: Tiranapost.
Nasir Al-Molk Mosque, Iran: Located in Shiraz, this mosque is famous for its brilliant stained glass windows, creating a magical, splendid setting like paradise on earth. Photo: National Geographic.
St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia: Located near the Kremlin, south end of Moscow's Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral was built in the 16th century and represents the kingdom of heaven. Photo: Dariknews.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Considered to be the nation's pride, Angkor Wat was built to simulate the sacred Meru Mountain (Tanzania) in Hinduism, the dwelling place of the gods. Photo: Michelin Green Guide.
Cathedral of Florence, Italy: Located in Florence city, the impressive Renaissance dome of this cathedral was designed by famed architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Picture: PegnRope.
La Sagrada Familia, Spain: This Roman Catholic church is located in Barcelona and is still incomplete. This is the "son of the spirit" by architect Antoni Gaudi. Photo: YourBarcelonaGuide.
Shaikh Zayed Church, UAE: The largest mosque in the UAE, Shaikh Zayed is located in Abu Dhabi, with splendid architecture, luxury and capacity of 40,000 people. Photo: National Geographic.
Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia: This Gothic Revival Roman Catholic church is located on a gorge of the Guáitara River, Nariño. To get out of the church, visitors must cross a bridge at dizzying altitude. Photo: Toronto Star.
Wat Rong Khun, Thailand: This striking white building is located near Chiang Rai and is a unique tourist destination. Photo: Thailand.
Great Cathedral of Isfahan, Iran: Located in the historic center of Isfahan, the architecture of this mosque has changed over the 12 centuries, since it was built in 841. The church has impressive domes, attracting visitors from all over the world. Picture: Iran Traveling Center.
Kamo Temples, Japan: Kamo Temples include the Shimogamo Shrine and the Kamigamo Shrine of Shinto in old Kyoto, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This work was built before Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 794. Photo: GaijinPot Travel.
St. George Cathedral, Ethiopia: These 11 churches were built in the 13th century in Lalibela. All of them are carved in monolithic stone, a remarkable achievement in architecture. Picture: VideoVision360.
Ancient Works of Wudang Mountain, China: Located in Hubei Province, this group of Taoist buildings was built in the 7th century. It is famous for its picturesque scenery. Picture: Wudangcanarias.
Sri Harmandir Sahib, India: Combining the architecture of Islam and Hinduism, India's golden temples make people look overwhelmed by beauty and lavishness, when the whole exterior is gilded. Photo: Ohindul.
Szeged Cathedral, Hungary: The Szeged Cathedral has an exterior architecture according to Art Nouveau and Historicist, while the interior is a combination of styles, from Gothic walls to Roman pillars. Picture: Richard Toy / Flickr.
By: Scarlet Johnson