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.

(Courtesy Gavin Gilmore/Flickr)

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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The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is built on the site where Czar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.

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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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