Top 10 Largest Churches and Cathedrals in the World - Ranking 2022

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What are the largest churches in the world and where are they?

No doubt: religion was born with man. Imagining the living conditions of people in times past is not difficult: no television, no computer, no cell phone, no cinema, no concerts, no books. An infinite sadness. Only men and their daily work.
Just at that time, to appease the unbearable heaviness of being, many places of worship Have been 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 one is the largest? If the pile kisser in you should appear right now, don't worry. By reading this ranking you will discover where the largest churches in the world are located.

NB: The following ranking is not based on official data, so 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. Thank you all for your valuable contribution.



10 - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome: 8,515 m

  • Year of creation: it was built in the 4th century but renovated several times, the last time in the 20th century.
  • Architectonic style: neo-Byzantine, neo-Romanesque
  • Curiosity: it is dedicated to St. Paul as it is located in the place where the apostle was buried according to tradition.

Point of reference of the Christian faith, this church is part of the papal basilicas and is the largest after that of St. Peter. Located in via Ostiense, in the district of the same name, near the left bank of the Tiber, about 2 km from 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 virgin, this church has become one of the most famous for the devotees of the Marian cult. Over the years, many popes have visited this sanctuary, among whom we remember Pope John XXIII and Benedict XVI. Inside the church is the so-called "chapel of the apparitions". In this place you can admire the wooden statue of the Virgin.

8 - Liverpool Cathedral, United Kingdom: 9,687 m

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

This Angliacan Cathedral in Liverpool, built after the announcement launched by the diocese in 1901, can accommodate up to 5,800 people.

7- Sanctuary 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 good taste.
  • Curiosity: this church was built thanks to the donations of pilgrims.

The Church of Our Lady of Lichen is the largest Catholic shrine in Poland. This shrine is located 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 country and one of the tallest in Europe.



6 - Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City: 11,200 square meters (11,200 square meters)

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

This Anglican cathedral is legitimately one of the most famous in the United States. The peculiarity of this church lies in the fact that its construction is progressing in fits and starts and is still unfinished.

5 - Cathedral of Santa Maria, Seville: 11,520 m

  • Year of creation: century
  • Architectural style: Gothic
  • Curiosity: here lies the body of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria is known by all under the name of Cathedral of Seville. Therefore, do not be upset if even the inhabitants of the place do not recognize it by 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 square meters

  • Year of creation: its realization took almost six centuries.
  • Architectural style: Gothic
  • Curiosity: the left side of the cathedral is visible only at a glance, because the other buildings are too close.

The 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 1980.

One of the most sacred places for the Brazilian faithful, the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida is the largest pilgrimage site in the world. In fact, this shrine receives more than 10 million visitors a year. It is also the largest Christian church in the American continent.

2 - National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC (USA): 12,069 m (40,069 ft).

With more than 80 chapels and oratories in honor of the Mother of God, the church is intended to represent people from all corners of the world, reflecting the cultural diversity of the United States.

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

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

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

The largest church in the world is the Basilica of St. Peter and is located in Rome, and it could not be otherwise. This monumental building has capacity for more than 60,000 people. And it really welcomes them, as it happens on Sundays during the celebration of the Pope's Mass.


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