VACATION IDEAS

A Photo Tour of the World's Most Beautiful Churches

Just in time for Easter, we've rounded up 10 of mankind's most miraculous odes to faith. Consider this slide show a little piece of heaven on earth.

By Terry Ward, Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011, 9:00 AM

Source Article: A Photo Tour of the World's Most Beautiful Churches

Milan Cathedral From Piazza del Duomo.

Duomo di Milano, in Milan, Italy, viewed from the Piazza del Duomo.

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Looking up at this mind-blowing cathedral.

An up-close view of the Duomo di Milano, from Piazza del Duomo.

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From the top of Duomo di Milano, overlooking the city.

A view from the top of Duomo di Milano, in Milan, Italy, overlooking the city.

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The Leifur Eirksson monument and the Hallgrímskirkja cathedral with a nice cirrus cloud pattern in the blue sky.

The Leifur Eirksson monument and the iconic Church of Hallgrímur, in Reykjavík.

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A close-up view of the architecture of Hallgrímskirkja.

A close-up view of the architecture of the Church of Hallgrímur.

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A view of Reykjavík from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja.

A view of Reykjavík from the tower of the Church of Hallgrímur.

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The Borgund Stave Church

The Borgund Stave Church, in western Norway, dates to 1180.

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The interior of the stave church Borgund.

The interior of the stave church Borgund.

(Courtesy Micha L. Rieser/Flickr)

The roof of the stave church Borgund.

The roof of the stave church Borgund.

(Courtesy Micha L. Rieser/Flickr)

Las Lajas Sanctuary

Las Lajas Sanctuary sits at the end of a bridge that stretches over a dramatic gorge, deep in the mountains of southwestern Colombia.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary

A closer look at Las Lajas, in rural Colombia.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Las Lajas looms over the rushing muddy waters of the Guaitara River, in Colombia.

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La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, in Barcelona, Spain, is still under construction—an ongoing masterpiece.

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La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

A closer look at one of the façades of La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

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La Sagrada Família

A closer look at the details of La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

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Saint Michel dAiguilhe Chapel

The Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, in rural France, sits atop a 269-foot-high volcanic peak.

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 Saint Michel dAiguilhe Chapel

The Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, in rural France.

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Saint Michel dAiguilhe Chapel

To reach the Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, visitors must ascend 268 stone steps carved into the church's needle-like rocky mount.

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Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

A close look at the onion-shaped domes of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

An evening view of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

(Courtesy Andrew Bossi/Flickr)

Ely Cathedral

You might recognize Ely Cathedral, in England, from several Hollywood films, including 2010's The King's Speech.

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Ely Cathedral

The sanctuary of the Ely Cathedral.

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Ely Cathedral

The east end of the Ely Cathedral.

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