Top 10 Tallest Churches in the World

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1. Ulm Minster

Height : 161.5 m (530 ft)

Location : Ulm, Germany

Ulm Minster (German: Ulmer Münster) is a Lutheran church located in Ulm, Germany. Although sometimes referred to as Ulm Cathedral because of its great size, the church is not a cathedral as it has never been the seat of a bishop.

Ulm Minster, like Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), was begun in the Gothic era and not completed until the late 19th century. It is the tallest church in the world,and the 4th tallest structure built before the 20th century, with a steeple measuring 161.5 metres (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. From the top level at 143 m (469 ft) there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps from Säntis to the Zugspitze. The final stairwell to the top (known as the third Gallery) is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.

2. Lincoln Cathedral

Height : 159.7 m (524 ft)

Location : Lincoln, England

Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a cathedral located in Lincoln in England and seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England. Building commenced in 1088 and continued in several phases throughout the medieval period. It was reputedly the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311–1549) The central spire collapsed in 1549 and was not rebuilt. The cathedral is the third largest in Britain (in floor space) after St Paul’s and York Minster, being 484 by 271 feet (148 by 83 m). It is highly regarded by architectural scholars; the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin declared: “I have always held… that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.”

3. St. Olaf

Height : 159 m (521.6 ft)

Location : Tallinn, Estonia

St. Olaf’s Church or St. Olav’s Church (Estonian: Oleviste kirik) in Tallinn, Estonia, is believed to have been built in the 12th century and to have been the centre for old Tallinn’s Scandinavian community before Denmark conquered Tallinn in 1219. Its dedication relates to King Olaf II of Norway (a.k.a. Saint Olaf, 995–1030). The first known written records referring to the church date back to 1267, and it was extensively rebuilt during the 14th century.

4. Our Lady of Peace Basilica

Height : 158.0 m (518 ft)

Location : Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix) is a Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 with different cost estimates given by various groups. Some stated that it cost US$175 million, US$300 million, US$400 million,even ranging as high as US$600 million. The design of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by those of the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City, although it is not an outright replica.The cornerstone was laid on 10 August 1985, and it was consecrated on 10 September 1990 by Pope John Paul II who had just formally accepted the Basilica as a gift from Félix Houphouët-Boigny on behalf of the Vatican Church.

5. Cologne Cathedral

Height : 157.4 m (516 ft)

Location : Cologne, Germany

Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche St. Petrus, Latin: Ecclesia Cathedralis Sanctorum Petri et Mariae, English: High Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day,currently the tallest twin spired church at 157 meters 515 feet tall.

6. Beauvais Cathedral

Height : 153.0 m (502 ft)

Location : Beauvais, France

The Cathedral of Saint Peter of Beauvais (French: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais) is an incomplete Roman Catholic cathedral in Beauvais, in northern France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Beauvais, Noyon and Senlis. It is, in some respects, the most daring achievement of Gothic architecture, and consists only of a transept (sixteenth-century) and choir, with apse and seven polygonal apsidal chapels (thirteenth century), which are reached by an ambulatory.

The small Romanesque church of the tenth century, known as the Basse Œuvre, much restored, still occupies the site destined for the nave.

7. St. Mary’s Church

Height : 151.0 m (495 ft)

Location : Stralsund, Germany

St. Mary’s Church located at Fort St George, is the oldest Anglican church East of Suez and also the oldest British building in India.[citation needed] The church is popularly known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of the East’.

8. Rouen Cathedral

Height : 151.0 m (495 ft)

Location : Rouen, France

Rouen Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption de Rouen) is a Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral in Rouen, Normandy, France. It is the see of the Archbishop of Rouen, Primate of Normandy.

9. Old St Paul’s Cathedral

Height : 150.0 m (493 ft)

Location : London, England

Old St Paul’s Cathedral was the medieval cathedral of the City of London that, until 1666, stood on the site of the present St Paul’s Cathedral. Built from 1087 to 1314 and dedicated to Saint Paul, the cathedral was the fourth church on the site at Ludgate Hill.

10. St.Nikolai

Height : 147.8 m (483 ft)

Location : Hamburg, Germany

Saint Nicholai’s icon (Holy image) labels the light house at the tip of the outskirt pier of the Port of Varna. Saint Nicholai (see also Saint Nicholas) is patron saint of sailors, fishermen, ships and sailing. In centuries of Greek folklore, Nicholas was seen as “The Lord of the Sea”, often described by modern Greek scholars as a kind of Christianised version of Poseidon (after the advent of Christianity).

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