As decades and centuries passed by, architectural styles changed and buildings became more and more impressive. Some of the most impressive buildings in the world are cathedrals. Their style changed and developed from the Gothic style to the more contemporary style. They are truly pieces of amazing architecture. Below, we will present the top 5 most beautiful cathedrals in the world and their architectural styles.
Although it is not a cathedral, but a church, La Sagrade Familia de Barcelona deserves a spot on our list. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The church remains unfinished even today. The architectural style is a combination between Gothic and Art Nouveau. It is believed the church will be finished in 2026.
Notre Dame de Paris is one of the greatest cathedrals in the world and a fine example of beautiful architecture. The cathedral’s construction was started in 1126. It was built in a Gothic style and was finished in 1345.
Another beautiful cathedral is Santa Maria del Fiore from Florence. Its construction started in 1296 and was finished in 1436. It was built as a basilica and the plan of the building was made in the shape of a Latin cross.
Nidaros Cathedral is located in Norway. It was built in a Romanesque and Gothic style. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Norwegian architecture.
The last cathedral on our list is Hagia Sofia located in Turkey. It is a former Orthodox basilica, that was later turned into a mosque. It is now a museum in Istanbul. At one point, Hagia Sofia was the biggest cathedral in the world.
Other beautiful cathedrals are St Isaac’s Cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Seville Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. Aren’t they beautiful examples of architecture?
(Source: Life of an architect )
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