25 Great Church Buildings Challenge (Can You Identify These Churches By Looking At The Picture)?

Posted by , Updated on September 19, 2022

Monumental architectonical jewels inspired by human faith can be found all around the world. Some of the world´s most impressive churches and cathedrals have been adorning their surroundings for hundreds or sometimes even over a thousand of years. Many of them got so popular and well-known that you might identify them with just one picture and maybe a little hint. If you want to give it a try and test your knowledge of some of the world´s greatest Christian church buildings, please stop reading here and start looking at the first picture because the correct answers follow: 25 – Canterbury Cathedral, England, 24 – La Sagrada Familia, Spain, 23 – St. Paul´s Cathedral, England, 22 – Saint Basil´s Cathedral, Russia 21 – Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland, 20 – Notre Dame Cathedral, France, 19 – Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, 18 – Liverpool Cathedral, England, 17 – St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Ukraine, 16 – Milan Cathedral, Italy, 15 – Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C. , 14 – St. Peter´s Basilica, Vatican, 13 – Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen, Poland, 12 – Cologne Cathedral, Germany, 11 – Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, 10 – Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, Philippines, 9 – Salt Lake Temple, Utah, 8 – Reims Cathedral, France, 7 – Florence Cathedral, Italy, 6 – Cathedral of St. Sophia, Russia, 5 – Ulm Minster, Germany, 4 – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Australia, 3 – St. Mark´s Basilica, Italy, 2 – Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia, 1 – Lincoln Cathedral, England.


Let us start slow and easy. Found in 597, it is one of the oldest and most famous cathedrals in the U.K. as well as in the world. Hint number two – the archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered here in 1170.

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This one should be easy too. Its iconic design gives it away. If you still need some help – let us just say two things – Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí.

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With its distinctive dome, this cathedral has been one of the major landmarks of the England´s capital for centuries. At a height of 365 feet (111 m), it was also the tallest building in the city from 1710 to 1962.

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Another cathedral that doesn’t need much specification. Built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, this amazing piece of architecture is the most iconic landmark of Moscow.

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This Lutheran church might not be as world-renowned as the previous buildings but its unmistakable shape designed to resemble flowing lava makes it easy to identify.

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Ranked among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world, this cathedral´s name translates as "Our Lady of Paris“.


Boasting the title of being the fourth largest Christian church in the world, this giant cathedral should be particularly familiar to New Yorkers.

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Talking about the world´s largest cathedrals, this one is also one of them. With a total external length of 207 yards (189 meters), this Anglican cathedral is the longest in the world. Based on a design by Giles Gilbert Scott, this monumental building dominates the Beatles´ city center.

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If you are not sure about this one, we can tell you this astonishing building is a functioning monastery rebuilt in Baroque style with original Byzantine interior. Founded as early as in early 12th century, it is one of the major dominants in Kiev.

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This one is not difficult, is it? The fifth largest cathedral in the world capable of holding an incredible 40,000 people, this gothic jewel can be found in a city dubbed as the world´s fashion capital.

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One of a few non-European cathedrals on this quiz, this neo-gothic style structure is the sixth largest cathedral in the world, right after the previous one. If we told you where it's located, it would be too easy to identify so we will just say its construction started in 1907 and finished in 1990.

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If the picture is not revealing enough, we can only say this basilica is often regarded as the holiest and greatest of all Christian churches.

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With a tower measuring 142 meters (465 feet) in height, this pompous basilica is one of the tallest and largest churches in the world. If you try to figure out its location, central Poland is where this great church is to be found.

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This 13th century cathedral is the most visited landmark of a major western European country attracting an average of 20,000 people every day. Still not sure? Ok, hint number 2: It is traditionally believed to hold the remains of the Three Kings.

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One of a few Latin American churches, this basilica ranks among the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, attracting several millions people annually. It was built near a hill where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared in 1531.

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This basilica might not attract as many tourists and pilgrims as the ones mentioned before, but if we tell you it is the largest Catholic church in Asia, it may just dawn on you ...

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Considering its unusually spectacular appearance, this building shouldn’t be too difficult to identify. If you are still doubtful, we can let you know it is the world´s largest LDS temple by floor area.

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One of the most brilliant examples of French Gothic, the cathedral used to serve as the place where the kings of France were crowned. If you guess it is in Paris, you are wrong. The cathedral lies in a city that is located 130 kilometers (80 miles) north-east off the French capital.

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A combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, this Roman Catholic basilica boasted the world´s largest dome until development of modern structural materials. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a major tourist attraction in the region of Tuscany.

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Built between 1045 and 1050, this cathedral is the oldest church as well as building of any kind still in use in Russia. But it is not in Moscow, nor in St. Petersburg. The cathedral is located in Novgorod, a historical city that lies on a federal highway connecting these two metropolises.

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Since it has never been the seat of a bishop, this magnificent Gothic church cannot be called a cathedral, however, its extraordinary height made it famous all over the world. With the steeple measuring 161.5 meters (530 feet), it is the world´s highest church.

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The hint to help you identify this cathedral is simple – located in Melbourne, it is the tallest and largest church building in Australia.

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Those familiar with Italian Byzantine architecture will have no problem identifying this one. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, it has been known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro (Church of gold).

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The unique setting of this basilica church is the key. Built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River, this Roman Catholic church is one of the prime landmarks of the South American country where it lies in.

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What we can tell you about the last cathedral is that the construction of this Gothic structure started in the 11th century and, reputedly, was the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311–1549). Ok, one last hint – it is located in eastern England.

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