The World’s Largest Churches – Part 2
Our journey to find the biggest churches in the world continues, and our long trek to look at these vast colossal buildings starts in the great port of Liverpool, with the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ. So far our journey has been restricted to the Old World of Europe although during our epic journey we do visit both North and South America.
Cathedral Church of Christ
Liverpool is fortunate to have two great cathedrals, one catholic and the other protestant and they are connected by a single road called Hope Street. The protestant Cathedral of Christ is the largest church in the UK, at nine thousand, six hundred and eight seven square meters. Liverpool Cathedral also happened to be the longest cathedral in the world at one hundred and eight nine meters in length. Building work on this massive cathedral started at the turn of the 20th Century and it was not until 1978 that the building was actually consecrated.
This great church has many fascinating features including the largest working church organ in the world, with an incredible ten thousand, two hundred and sixty eight pipes. The church bells are housed in a sixty seven meter high peak, which is also the highest and heaviest in the world.
Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen
Our religious pilgrimage to discover the biggest churches on the planet continues in Poland when we visit Konin. The Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen is our first religious building that is over ten thousand square meters in size. Another modern church, the basilica’s construction did not start until 1994 and only took a decade to complete. There are thirty three steps leading to the basilica which represent the life of Jesus. There are many architectural messages in this clever building, including three hundred and sixty five windows, fifty two doors and twelve columns.
The fashion capital of the world is also home to one of the largest and most beautiful churches in the world. Milan Cathedral is architecturally stunning and is situated right in the very heart of Milan. It also happens to be the largest catholic cathedral on the planet, the one hundred and thirty five spires reflect the lives of the most significant Italians in history. Work began in 1386 on this great church and it was not completed until five hundred years later. Due to the time of the construction there are many architectural styles, and the sculptures that adorn the cathedral are absolutely exceptional.
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
The first large church that takes us away from Europe is the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. Not only is the cathedral one of the largest in size at eleven thousand, two hundred square meters, it happens to be the largest Anglican cathedral in the world.
Construction started in 1892 and was designed by two prominent American architects, Christopher Grant Lafarge and George Heins. Just the domed vault took twenty years to complete and the Gothic influences in design came after Heins had died. Our third and concluding part of the largest churches in the world feature the top three.