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.

Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Canterbury cathedral in sunset rays, England
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Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England

Washington Cathedral
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Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey, London, UK

Interior of Los Angeles Cathedral
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

Catedral de sevilla
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Catedral de Sevilla, Spain

South side of Chartres Cathedral
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

St. Basil's Cathedral ancient architecture on Red Square in Moscow City, Beautiful ancient architecture building in Moscow City, St. Basil's Cathedral church Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Russia, Bucket list dream destination.
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St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Fifth Avenue street view
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

FLORENCE in Italy with the great dome of the Cathedral
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Florence Cathedral, Italy

St Paul's cathedral, London
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St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia, Spain
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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia, Spain

Cologne Dome
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Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany

Milano spirit
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Duomo di Milano, Italy

St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
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Alexander Nevksy Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Domes of St Sophia Cathedral
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Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine

Cathédrale de Bourges
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Bourges Cathedral, Bourges, France

Palermo Cathedral in Palermo
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Palermo Cathedral, Sicily, Italy

The Karlskirche, or St. Charles Church, in Vienna, Austria
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St. Charles Cathedral, Vienna

Salisbury cathedral
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Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England

The backside of the York Minster and some half-timbered houses
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York Minster, England

Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Mexico City Sunrise Mexico
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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czechia
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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice in Italy
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Basilica San Marco, Venice, Italy

Cathedral of Brasilia
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Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim
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Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, Norway

Blue mosque and hagia sophia
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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Dawn at Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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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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