Europe has many cathedrals, synagogues and mosques impressive. These places of worship have great cultural, historical and religious importance. The construction of many of these buildings was carried out over several centuries, due to their ornate designs and unique architecture.
Many Catholics, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come to Rome to meet the Holy See or Vatican City and visit the tombs of St. Peter and St. John Paul the Great. Enter the impressive St. Peter’s Basilica to admire the sculpture of the Pieta by Michelangelo. If you want to see another masterpiece of this great Italian artist, enter the Sistine Chapel to see the Last Judgment just above the altar. And do not miss the papal blessing in St. Peter’s Square, weather permitting.
Another place of Catholic tradition is still under construction. La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, is a marvel of modernism, through the unique vision of the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Although parts of the exterior facade of the church remain unfinished, the interior of the nave is not lost in a surreal decor inspired pillars on tree trunks and admire the scenes of the facades themselves are completed.
The Westminster is the heart of London that hosts the famous building of the British Parliament and Westminster Abbey . In this monumental building there have been numerous royal ceremonies for centuries. See where William and Kate were married, where she was crowned Queen Elizabeth are buried and where many British celebrities. From the monks of the tenth century to the Choir of Westminster Abbey, music is an important part of the history of the abbey. Reserve a place in your schedule to enjoy an evening Mass at the abbey when visiting London.
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Turkey) was once a great cathedral. Today, it is one of the most famous mosques in the world. To enter it, visitors must remove their shoes and women must cover their heads with a scarf. Marvel at the Byzantine and Ottoman design combine to create one of the most unique religious monuments in Europe.
The Moorish architects of Toledo (Spain), built the synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, the oldest in Europe. Christians took over the old synagogue and gave it its current name. Today, the building is a museum of architecture and Jewish culture in the Spanish city popularly known as “the three cultures”. And do not miss the Great Synagogue of Budapest (Hungary), the largest in Europe.
The Orthodox churches populate Latvia, highlighting the Maritime Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the convent of the Trinity Sergius and the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Riga, among others. Another imposing Orthodox church is the Cathedral of the Assumption of Bulgaria, founded in 1083. Stroll through the monastery courtyard and has its own spiritual experience unlike any other.