Probably, everyone is asking what the largest or biggest temple in the world is. Even if they are highly known as buildings reserved for spiritual or religious activities, not every religion recognizes these structures as temples. As an example, the Western Christian tradition doesn’t use the word temple when referring to cathedrals and churches, but in the Eastern Christian tradition it was used quite frequently. However, visitors are curious to find out which is the largest temple in the world, but that is quite debatable. To be added that no matter their size, all these temples are beautiful and are worth to be visited. Here are three of the largest temples in the world.
1. Karnak (Great Hypostyle Hall)
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Unfortunately, this beautiful structure is quite ruined, but just a few sites located in Egypt are more amazing than this place. Karnak is considered to be the largest ancient temple complex in the world. Moreover, this temple represents the combined achievement of many generations of Egyptian workers. Karnak is made from several temples, and the most famous and visited one is the Hypostyle Hall. This structure is a hall area of 5,000 m2 and features approximately 133 massive columns, arranged in 16 rows.
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Also known as Heliopolis, Baalbek is an incredible archaeological site situated in the northeastern Lebanon. Starting with the 1st century BC, Romans built three temples here: Bacchus, Venus and Jupiter. The last one was designed to be the largest temple in the Roman Empire, featuring 54 massive granite columns. Sadly, only 6 of these columns remain standing today. Probably, the best preserved temple is the Temple of Bacchus, which is 69 meters long and 36 meters wide.
3. Temple of Saint Sava
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This beautiful temple can be found in Belgrade and it is recognized to be the largest Orthodox Church building in the world. Moreover, the Temple of Saint Sava is dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Its construction started in 1985 and it was completed in 2004. However, the internal decorations are still under construction and it is 91 meters long and 81 meters wide.
Beautiful temples can be found in every country in the world, no matter their size or the year when they were constructed. What is your favorite temple?