The Top 5 Coolest Religious Sites

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4. The Vatican, Vatican City, Italy

Located in the tiniest country in the world in the heart of Rome, The Vatican is home to Saint Peter’s Basilica as well as museums containing some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The hallways of this enormous religious complex contain incredible cultural wealth, including paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio. Gaze at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, decorated by Michelangelo, and view the sarcophagi of Constance and Saint Helen, daughter and mother of Constantine the Great.

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5. The Great Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary

The Great Synagogue is one of the largest Jewish houses of worship in the world, constructed in 1859. It is a beautiful blend of Moorish and Romantic architecture and it contains the Hungarian Jewish Museum inside as well as a Holocaust Memorial Room. There is also a Jewish Cemetery outside the synagogue, where 2,000 people who died in the Jewish ghettos in the winter of 1944-45 are buried.

Even if you don’t follow the religion, visiting these sacred sites is an awe-inspiring experience. Built with incredible amounts of time, resources, skill and artistry, these beautiful buildings are truly impressive to behold.

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