10 Largest Churches In The World [Location and Sizes]

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St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is the largest church in the world

The Top 10 Largest Churches In The World

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
  • Milan Cathedral
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń
  • Abbey of Santa Giustina
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Church of the Most Holy Trinity

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Above is the top 10 list of the biggest Churches in the world.

Different measures determine the largest church in the world; such measures include area, volume, length, width, height, or capacity.

1) St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Area(Square Meters)=15,160
  • Year built=1506
  • Location=Vatican City
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

St. Peter’s Basilica cathedral, located in Vatican City, is well known to be the biggest church in the world.

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The original cathedral was built in 320 AD by Emperor Constantine but was later redesigned and enlarged in the 15th century by Pope Nicolas V.

St. Peter’s Basilica cathedral is also believed to where Jesus’s disciple and the “first pope,” Apostle Peter, happened to be buried. It is also a venue where dead Popes are buried.

St. Peter’s Basilica has a good number of 60,000 capacity making it the largest church in the world.

2) Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  • Area(Square Meters)=12,069
  • Year built=1920
  • Location=Washington.DC, United States
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

According to Wikipedia, The basilica houses 81 chapels honoring Mary and reflecting the origins of the Catholic immigrants and religious orders whose generosity erected them.

In 2008, during his apostolic visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the Golden Rose upon the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

On January 26, 2013, the basilica held a televised thanksgiving Mass and enshrined two first-class relics of Americans Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope, who were both canonized October 20, 2012.

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Pope Francis visited the shrine on September 23, 2015, and celebrated a Mass for the canonization of Junípero Serra, O.F.M., on the mall of the Catholic University of America.

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Source: Wikipedia

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the biggest church in the United States Of America and also the number on the largest churches in the world.

3) Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

  • Area(Square Meters)=12,000
  • Year built=1955
  • Location=Aparecida, Brazil
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

The biggest church in Brazil, Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida important shrine to the Brazilians, is also dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who has been the patron saint of the country since 1930.

According to this list, Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is the third largest church in the world.

4) Milan Cathedral

  • Area(Square Meters)=11,700
  • Year built=1955
  • Location=Milan, Italy
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

Located in Milan in Italy, Milan Cathedral is known as one of the finest Cathedral and also a large one.

Milan Cathedral possesses spires crowned with statues that represent the most significant people in the history of Italy.

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5) Seville Cathedral

  • Area(Square Meters)=11,520
  • Year built=1401
  • Location=Seville, Spain
  • Denomination=Catholic (Ambrosian Rite)

Seville Cathedral which its full name is Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea.

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Rumors had it that Seville Cathedral is bigger than Milan Cathedral, but this is just an estimate as we are not sure about that.

Nevertheless, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea, known as Seville Cathedral, is among the biggest churches in the world and also a little bit behind Milan Cathedral.

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6) Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

  • Area(Square Meters)=11,200
  • Year built=1892
  • Location=New York, United States
  • Denomination=Anglican (Episcopal Church in the U.S.)

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is the first Anglican to appear on this list.

This is the biggest Anglican church in the world.

Its building construction started in the year 1892, while its first services were held in 1899.

7) Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń

  • Area(Square Meters)=10,090
  • Year built=1994
  • Location=Konin, Poland
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

Aside from being among the world’s largest churches, Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen is also among the world’s tallest churches with its tower height measures to almost 141.5 meters.

8) Abbey of Santa Giustina

  • Area(Square Meters)=9,717
  • Year built=1501
  • Location=Padua, Italy
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)

9) Liverpool Cathedral

  • Area(Square Meters)=9,687
  • Year built=1904
  • Location=Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Denomination=Anglican (Church of England)

10) Church of the Most Holy Trinity

  • Area(Square Meters)=8,700
  • Year built=2004
  • Location=Santarem, Portugal
  • Denomination=Catholic (Latin)