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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.

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

    (Courtesy Jiuguang Wang/Wikimedia Commons)
  2. An up-close view of the Duomo di Milano, from Piazza del Duomo.

    (Courtesy Evan Blaser/Flickr)
  3. A view from the top of Duomo di Milano, in Milan, Italy, overlooking the city.

    (Courtesy Prayant/Flickr)
  4. The Leifur Eirksson monument and the iconic Church of Hallgrímur, in Reykjavík.

    (Courtesy Bernt Rostad/Flickr)
  5. A close-up view of the architecture of the Church of Hallgrímur.

    (Courtesy Tristian Ferne/Flickr)
  6. A view of Reykjavík from the tower of the Church of Hallgrímur.

    (Courtesy Andreas Tille/Wikimedia Commons)
  7. The Borgund Stave Church, in western Norway, dates to 1180.

    (Courtesy zoetnet/Flickr)
  8. The interior of the stave church Borgund.

    (Courtesy Micha L. Rieser/Flickr)
  9. The roof of the stave church Borgund.

    (Courtesy Micha L. Rieser/Flickr)
  10. Las Lajas Sanctuary sits at the end of a bridge that stretches over a dramatic gorge, deep in the mountains of southwestern Colombia.

    (Courtesy aniara/Flickr)
  11. A closer look at Las Lajas, in rural Colombia.

    (Courtesy medea_material/Flickr)
  12. Las Lajas looms over the rushing muddy waters of the Guaitara River, in Colombia.

    (Courtesy Martin St-Amant/Wiki)
  13. La Sagrada Família, in Barcelona, Spain, is still under construction—an ongoing masterpiece.

    (Courtesy Gavin Gilmore/Flickr)
  14. A closer look at one of the façades of La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

    (Courtesy Bernard Gagnon/Wikimedia Commons)
  15. A closer look at the details of La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

    (Courtesy bonniegme/myBudgetTravel)
  16. The Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, in rural France, sits atop a 269-foot-high volcanic peak.

    (Courtesy Jean-Pol GRANDMONT/Wikimedia Commons)
  17. The Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, in rural France.

    (Courtesy Torsade de Pointes/Wikimedia Commons)
  18. To reach the Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, visitors must ascend 268 stone steps carved into the church's needle-like rocky mount.

    (Courtesy EmDee/Wikimedia Commons)
  19. 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.

    (Courtesy Blackness/Flickr)
  20. A close look at the onion-shaped domes of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    (Courtesy tetrabrian/Flickr)
  21. An evening view of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    (Courtesy Andrew Bossi/Flickr)
  22. You might recognize Ely Cathedral, in England, from several Hollywood films, including 2010's The King's Speech.

    (Courtesy Terre/Wikimedia Commons)
  23. The sanctuary of the Ely Cathedral.

    (Courtesy John Salmon/Wikimedia Commons)
  24. The east end of the Ely Cathedral.

    (Courtesy John Salmon/Wikimedia Commons)

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