30 of the world’s most awe-inspiring 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

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Westminster Abbey, London, UK

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Catedral de Sevilla, Spain

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Florence Cathedral, Italy

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia, Spain

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Duomo di Milano, Italy

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Alexander Nevksy Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Bourges Cathedral, Bourges, France

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Palermo Cathedral, Sicily, Italy

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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St. Charles Cathedral, Vienna

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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York Minster, England

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Basilica San Marco, Venice, Italy

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, Norway

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York

30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

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30 of the world's most awe-inspiring cathedrals

Kris Collingridge

Kris Collingridge is MediaFeed’s syndication strategist. She has worked as a print and digital journalist and editor for nearly 20 years. She was arts & entertainment editor at Seattle-based news magazine ParentMap, then a producer and editor at MSN, where she drove audience engagement as programmer of the Travel section.

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