The World’s 10 Largest Church Buildings

The World’s 10 Largest Church Buildings

The 10 largest church buildings in the world today for any recognized denomination of Christianity.

The derivation of the word church has been much debated.  For the purpose of this article, it will be defined as any building which was built for the primary purpose of Christian worship, for any recognized denomination of Christianity. In terms of floor area, these are the 10 largest church buildings today. Masses are still held regularly in all these houses of God.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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The Renaissance and Baroque architectural style of St. Peter’s Basilica is considered as the greatest building of its age. With a length of 730 ft (220 m) and a width of 500 ft (150 m), it has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding more than 60,000 people. The basilica is one of the holiest Christian sites and the greatest of all churches of Christendom. It was built from 1506 through 1626 with Michelangelo among its architects. The building is officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano. It is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical functions and historical associations.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil

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The new Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida was built in 1955 and designed in the form of a Greek cross. It measures 173 m (567 ft) long and 168 m (551 ft) wide, sitting up to 45,000 people. Pope John Pau II named it the most important National Marian Shrine in Brazil. It was officially declared as “the largest Marian Temple in the World” in 1984.

Cathedral of Seville, Spain

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Also known as Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), Cathedral of Seville is claimed by some as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Its construction began in 1402 and continued into the 16th century. The total area covers 11,520 sq m.  A great mosque used to sit on the site in the late 12th century. Christian architects later added the extra dimensions of height. Its central nave rises to a height of 42 m (137.7 ft).

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Kate Smedley, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Fascinating article with some stunning photographs, the buildings are very beautiful.

Joe Dorish, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Great buildings. Would like to visit them some day.

Mystical Whitewolf, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Wonderful article have to agree with Kate photo’s are awesome.

The Quail, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

This is another super write in my way of thinking and I love the photo’s as well!

Yovita Siswati, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Great list. The churhes in Italy are very beautiful.

DA Cournean, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Beautiful pictures and well written article!

Westbrook, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Great review of Christion churches. Gothic architecture and art have always fascinated me.

Gon pincha, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Great article!
I loved it.
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Judy T Lloyd, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

They really are great buildings.

Jeffrey B. Merrow, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

This is great work. I enjoyed viewing it. The artistic talent comes forth well in your works. I look forward to more pieces from you. Well done.

Jo Oliver, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Beautiful church buildings. I just dont agree with the ornate factor that many religions seem to place so much time and effort on.

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rutherfranc, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

felt like I went on Visita Iglesia.. thanks!

nutuba, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Excellent article! I loved the pics too.

Eunice Tan, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

Jk this is fantastic job. Nice to know about them. In my country, the all largest churches are modern building.

MMV Abad, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2009

The grandeur of every church. Great article :)

Evelyn Moore, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2009

Great article

Karen Gross, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2009

I kind of agree with Jo – these are magnificient buildings – a testimony to the expense and the labour of love that used to go into making places of worship which are worthy of God, but are they now museums to a lost heritage or do they still invoke worship? In Canada (and probably also in the States) our church buildings are much less ornate and the money spent on ministries to serve the community instead. I attended a beautiful, 100 year old Baptist church, I was fortunate to have been married there. It is now abandoned because the congregation could not afford to heat and maintain the building.

OhSugar, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2009

Spectacular buildings. I enjoyed learning about the different locations. Thanks for sharing this great information and photos.

Luffy12, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2009

^_^

Jojo Skeene, posted this comment on Apr 26th, 2009

Nice. But, u failed to mentioned the St. Joseph Church in Montreal, it says….the second largest , next to St. Peter in Vatican.

K Kristie, posted this comment on Apr 26th, 2009

Thanks, but sorry, St. Joseph Church in Montreal has the second largest DOME next to St. Peter’s Basilica, it’s not the second largest church building.

Likha, posted this comment on Apr 26th, 2009

I’m impressed with the hard work you always put into your writings. Keep it up!

samuel, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2009

these buildings are very beautiful, but one thing is missing, the actual world largest church is not on the list which makes it in correct. the world’s largest church is actually a church called Faith tabernacle in Nigeria, with an inside capacity of 50,000 people and outside space for 250,000 people. The guinness book of records confirmed this according to the 2008 edition.

JK Kristie, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2009

Hi, samuel, thanks for the comment. Faith Tabernacle is an auditorium.

CutestPrincess, posted this comment on May 12th, 2009

wow… amazing churches…

Leafygreens, posted this comment on May 13th, 2009

Great photos and a good article! It’s nice to meet you and hope we can be friends!

swatilohani, posted this comment on Jun 1st, 2009

great

kyla, posted this comment on Jul 13th, 2009

woooh i realize i want to be an architect someday!

Athan, posted this comment on Aug 15th, 2009

Its great, I like d pics

jacob p george, posted this comment on Aug 29th, 2009

Realy it is great

jr, posted this comment on Sep 4th, 2009

Why don’t you check this chapel in the website – Central Temple or Iglesia Ni Cristo – probably the biggest “Chapel” in the world.

Aashish, posted this comment on Sep 12th, 2009

Awsome no word’s to define

CHITO ARAY, posted this comment on Sep 29th, 2009

PLEASE TRY SEARCH MORE ESPECIALLY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

TOCHI YARA, posted this comment on Sep 29th, 2009

I SUGGEST YOU MUST INCLUDE IN THE CRITERIA OF SELECTING THE LARGEST CHURCH BUILDING IN RELATION TO THERE USAGE. THESE BUILDINGS MIGHT BE BIG BUT IT IS JUST LIKE A MUSEUM AND NOBODY CARES LIKE THE BIG DOME OF MILAN.

alafagha luke, posted this comment on Oct 15th, 2009

GOD is great, He deserves all we expresses our honour to Him.

Raphael Oluwatosin Famuyiwa, posted this comment on Oct 21st, 2009

The canan land in Nigeria that belong to winners´ chapel in Nigeria can take up to 50,000 thousand worshippers at the same time.Please try to confirm this. God is awesome!

Uma, posted this comment on Oct 21st, 2009

Notre Dame is also one of the largest chuches. why don’t you add that

Michael Orenda, posted this comment on Nov 13th, 2009

The largest church is
http://www.rccg.org/
Redeemed Christian Church of God

One and a half miles long by one mile wide.

a.c.s., posted this comment on Dec 21st, 2009

Big buildings indeed. i just hope people would appreciate the Lord more than these buildings made with hands.

Ntesat, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2010

Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) In Nigeria is a 50,000 capacity located near lagos in Nigeria

samacwan, posted this comment on Mar 15th, 2010

I SUGGEST YOU MUST INCLUDE IN THE CRITERIA OF SELECTING THE LARGEST CHURCH BUILDING IN RELATION TO THERE USAGE. THESE BUILDINGS MIGHT BE BIG BUT IT IS JUST LIKE A MUSEUM AND NOBODY CARES LIKE THE BIG DOME OF MILAN.

andrew, posted this comment on Apr 15th, 2010

really great buildings

tuhina dev, posted this comment on Apr 24th, 2010

wah…..suprb photos……

Ajoguegbe, posted this comment on May 20th, 2010

These are wonderful buildings.Please clarify me: You said Faith Tabernacle in Nigeria reputed by the Guinness Book as the largest in the world is an auditorium. Please whats the difference?

KING, posted this comment on May 28th, 2010

OK YOU DON DO I HAVE BEEN IN IVORY COAST AND WORSHIP WITH THE CHURCH IT WAS MY BEST LIFE EXPIRENCE

enonmouse, posted this comment on Sep 7th, 2010

I found the earthly angels responsible for all the wars in the wor,ld in the u.s and slavery and the fallen angels there in ascension parish

ben, posted this comment on Oct 13th, 2010

what will you call living faith bibile church in nigeria.
it is the world aclaimed largest church auditorium in the world but is not here in your report. Is it an over sight or what?

jam, posted this comment on Nov 5th, 2010

what about living faith church lagos nigeria?,I think the biggest church in the world has not been mentioned…..thanks,or may be you have something to tell me….

nwosusamson, posted this comment on Nov 25th, 2010

all of you are foolsssssssss idiots bastards

olasubomi adebayo, posted this comment on Nov 30th, 2010

I would like 2 be a path taker.

adewuyi akose, posted this comment on Dec 1st, 2010

the buildings are very okay

dare, posted this comment on Dec 1st, 2010

living faith is my home church

aliozorstephen, posted this comment on Dec 14th, 2010

i love the buildings is okey,i will love to be there one day

Danny Lopez, posted this comment on Dec 23rd, 2010

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truth, posted this comment on Dec 28th, 2010

i like the 2nd one on the first page beter. i wonder how much they pay a month they pay for this!

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Blessing Asir, posted this comment on Jan 18th, 2011

Very good presentation for the Glory of God.

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I love GRII, posted this comment on Feb 17th, 2011

I think you should also consider Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia as one of the biggest churches in the WORLD… The church is lead by Dr.Stephen Tong…

georgina kronyanh, posted this comment on Mar 9th, 2011

what about living faith church world wide. it is to be the largest church auditorium, but it is not mentioned here.

jmgonzales, posted this comment on Mar 14th, 2011

the iglesia ni cristo temple in the philippines is largely based on the city in Tron (1980s) – check it out for yourself

Dili, posted this comment on Apr 22nd, 2011

Like a number of people have commented, Faith Tabernacle (Living Faith Church) in Nigeria should be top on the list. I hope it was not left out because it is in Nigeria. Lives are transformed every week there, unlike all those other big churches where peoples lives are never touched, year in year out.

Evang Kara, posted this comment on May 20th, 2011

Yoido Full gospel Church in South Korea have a capacity of 800,000 I’m sure that should top your list easily….

Berry Boy, posted this comment on Apr 21st, 2012

I love church! I’ve been to the 3rd largest church in the USA and it was huge! I can’t even think of how big these are in real life!

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