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The 10 Largest Churches in the World - Ranking 2021


Ranking of the Largest Churches in the World

No doubt: religion was born with man. Imagining the living conditions of people in the past is not difficult: no TV, no computer or cell phone, no cinema, concerts or books. An infinite sadness. Only men and their daily toil.
Just at that moment, to appease the unbearable heaviness of being, many places of worship were built all over the world.
This is the reason why every self-respecting city has at least a couple of sanctuaries dedicated to the most varied cults, built over thousands of years. But which are the most important? And which the greatest? If the pile kisser in you should appear right now, don't worry. By reading this ranking you will find out where the largest churches in the world are located.

NB: The following ranking is not based on official data, therefore it is subject to continuous revisions and updates. We invite you to notify us of any changes and corrections in the comments, attaching your sources. We will be happy to evaluate possible additions. Thanks to all for the valuable contribution.



10 - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome: 8.515 sqm

  • Year of creation: it was built in the th century but renovated several times, the last time in the th century
  • Architectural style: neo-Byzantine, neo-Romanesque
  • Curiosity: it is dedicated to St. Paul as it stands on the place where the apostle was buried according to tradition.

A reference point of the Christian faith, this church is part of the papal basilicas and is the largest in size after St. Peter's. Located in via Ostiense, in the district of the same name, near the left bank of the Tiber, about 2 km outside the Aurelian walls.



9 - Sanctuary of Fatima, Cova da Irina (Portugal): 8.700 m

  • Year of creation: between 2004 and 2007
  • Architectural style: neo-baroque
  • Curiosity: favorite place of Pope John Paul II

Following the apparitions of the Madonna, this church has become one of the most famous for devotees for Marian worship. Over the years many popes have visited this sanctuary, among which we remember Pope John XXIII and Benedict XVI. Inside the church there is the so-called "chapel of the apparitions". In this place you can admire the wooden statue of the Madonna.

8 - Liverpool Cathedral, UK: 9.687 m

  • Year of creation: between 1904 and 1978
  • Architectural style: neo-Gothic
  • Curiosity: is the largest Anglican church in the United Kingdom

This Angliacan cathedral present in Liverpool, built following the announcement made by the diocese in 1901, it has the capacity to accommodate up to 5.800 people

7- Shrine of Our Lady of Lichen, Lichen Stary (Poland): 10.090 m

  • Year of creation: between 1994 and 2004
  • Architectural style: the style is a mixture of ancient egypt, popular versatility and fair taste
  • Curiosity: this church was built thanks to donations from pilgrims

La church of Our Lady of Lichen it is the largest Catholic shrine in the whole of Poland. This sanctuary stands on the place where the first apparitions of Our Lady of Sorrows were sighted. Its 141-meter high tower is one of the tallest in the nation and one of the slimmest in Europe.



6 - Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York: 11.200 square meters

  • Year of creation: 1892
  • Architectural style: Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, neo-Gothic style
  • Curiosity: destroyed following a fire in 2001

This Anglican Cathedral is rightfully one of the most famous in the United States. The peculiarity of this church lies in the fact that its construction proceeds in fits and starts, and is still unfinished.

5 - Cathedral of Santa Maria, Seville: 11.520 m

  • Year of creation: th century
  • Architectural style: gothic
  • Curiosity: the body of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus is located in this place

La Cathedral of Santa Maria is known by all under the name of Seville Cathedral, therefore, do not be alienated if even the inhabitants of the place do not recognize it with its first name. After a long discussion, this cathedral has entered among the assets that UNESCO recognizes as a World Heritage Site.

4 - Milan Cathedral, Italy: 11.700 sq m

  • Year of creation: its realization was carried out in almost six centuries
  • Architectural style: gothic
  • Curiosity: the left side of the cathedral is visible only for a glimpse, due to the other buildings too close

La most famous gothic church in Europe, and one of the best known in the world, is located in Italy. The Duomo is a very important reference for the city of Milan, and a symbolic monument for the whole of Italy. Destination of millions of tourists, the Cathedral is also the seat of the archdiocese of Milan.



3 - Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, San Paolo (Brazil): 12.000 m

  • Year of creation: 1946/1980
  • Architectural style: neo romantic
  • Curiosity: it was consecrated by John Paul II in the distant 1980

One of the holiest place for the Brazilian faithful, the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida it is the largest pilgrimage site in the world. In fact, this sanctuary receives more than 10 million visits a year. It is also the largest Christian church on the American continent.

2 - National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC (USA): 12.069 m

With over 80 chapels and oratories honoring the Mother of God, the church intends to represent peoples from all corners of the globe, reflecting the cultural diversity of the United States.

  • Year of creation: 1920/1961
  • Architectural style: Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romanesque
  • Curiosity: Although its first stone was laid in 1920, this great temple appears to have been conceived as early as 1846

1 - St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: 15.160 sqm

  • Year of creation: 1506/1626
  • Architectural style: Renaissance and Baroque
  • Curiosity: tradition has it that under the altar of the church there is the tomb of Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, considered the first Pope of the Church.

The Church of the churches is located in Rome, and it could not be otherwise. This monumental construction can accommodate over 60000 people. And he truly welcomes them, as happens on Sundays during the celebration of Mass by the Pope.

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