Almost every culture and religion in history has had somewhere that the people within the group consider sacred.
It is estimated that there are over 4200 different religions that currently exist in the world today. This does not even take into consideration the potentially hundreds of thousands of religions that could have died out over the centuries.
With so many different religions and belief systems is is impossible for anyone to know where all of the sites that are considered sacred could be located.
These religions vary so much from one another and have all grown and evolved throughout time that the religious sites that we know about could be as young as a few years or as old as a thousand.
With so many to choose from, we have selected 20 of the Most Gorgeous Religious Sites Around the World for you to check out!
Here is our list of the 20 Most Gorgeous Religious Sites Around the World!
20. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
The Hagia Sophia is one of the most studied and visited religious sites in the world. Architecture students learn about the buildings dome structure. Art and Art History students study the incredible mosaics. History students study the role of the church in Roman and Turkish history.
The Hagia Sophia’s website says this on the history of the gorgeous mosque turned museum:
“Rebuilt by the orders of Emperor Justinian in 537, for 900 years Hagia Sophia had been the center of Orthodox Christianity until 1453 when the city was concurred by Ottomans. 500 years following the conquest of Muslims, it became a jewel for the Muslim world and as the grand mosque of the sultans.
In 1935, Hagia Sophia had been converted into a museum of Turkish Republic by the orders of Ataturk, and became one of the most significant monuments not only in Turkey but on earth with its architecture and its historical richness.”