Most Beautiful Cathedrals, Basilicas in the World

I have seen so many beautiful cathedrals and basilicas around the world in all my travels. But which are the most stunning and beautiful architecturally-designed cathedrals or basilicas?

St. Basil Cathedral in Russia – built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561.
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La Sagrada Familia in Spain – one of Gaudi’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant temple that has been under construction since 1882.
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Notre Dame in France – Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe.
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Catedral de Se de Sao Paulo in Brazil – Its construction, in Neo-Gothic style, began in 1913 and ended four decades later. Despite having a Renaissance-styled dome, the São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral is considered by some to be the 4th largest neo-gothic cathedral in the world.
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Hagia Sophia in Turkey – Many consider Hagia Sophia the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. A lofty central dome, 102 feet in diameter and 184 feet in height, spans its spacious nave.
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Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church in the Philippines – This fascinating church was built in 1582.
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Canterbury Cathedral in U.K. – One of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site.
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St. Sophia in Ukraine – The spectacular St. Sophia’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Kiev and is known as one of the popular attractions in the city.
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St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City – The Basilica of St. Peter is traditionally believed to have been erected over the spot where St. Peter was buried after his martyrdom in Rome around 64 CE.
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Cologne Cathedral in Germany – Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880.
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Las Lajas in Colombia – The cathedral is of Gothic revival architecture and was built from January 1, 1916 to August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers, replacing an old nineteenth-century chapel.
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the U.S. – New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral is built of brick rather than marble, because brick is stronger.
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