30 awe-inspiring pictures of the world’s greatest cathedrals


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Cathedrals are more than religious monuments or the seat of a bishop. They are deep repositories of history, art, politics, and culture—many of them with roots that stretch back into time in a way that’s nearly impossible to imagine. The Cologne Cathedral in Germany, for example, was founded in the 13th century and took hundreds of years (600, to be exact) to construct. These iconic buildings are landmarks and tourist attractions, and some are so gorgeously and intricately constructed that we have to wonder at the imagination and skill of the engineers and craftsmen who created them. Read on to take a look at some of these soaring beauties from around the world.

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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

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Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England

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Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

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Westminster Abbey, London, UK

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

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Catedral de Sevilla, Spain

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

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St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

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Florence Cathedral, Italy

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia, Spain

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Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany

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Duomo di Milano, Italy

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Alexander Nevksy Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

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Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine

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Bourges Cathedral, Bourges, France

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Palermo Cathedral, Sicily, Italy

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St. Charles Cathedral, Vienna

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Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England

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York Minster, England

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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

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Basilica San Marco, Venice, Italy

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Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil

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Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, Norway

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York

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