When it comes to worship, nothing is as inspiring as a beautiful piece of architecture that is furnished with care given to matters of faith.
For example, some faiths don’t believe in sitting through worship as it is only appropriate to kneel and stand. Other places of worship, such as Christian cathedrals, pay careful attention to the seating manufacturer they contract to build their pews and kneelers (like those you can find readily at Seating Concepts) as it’s important to have comfortable seating that fits in with the place of worship.
If you are going to travel the world to visit some of the most awe inspiring places of worship, you might like to visit the following three.
1. The Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem
Sometimes referred to as Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid, this 17th century synagogue was laid to ruins for a period of close to a century and a half and was only rebuilt in 1864. However, this house of worship had not seen the last of its destruction and was once again torn apart during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. The new building was not rededicated until 2010 and as a result of such a long and meaningful history, is still one of the most famous and well visited places of worship. You would be amazed at just what this synagogue means to Christians and Jews alike in terms of end times theology. So do take the time to read up on what many believe the Bible foretold about this prominent Jewish temple.
2. Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome
Often referred to as the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most visited places of worship in the world. For centuries Rome was the heart of Christendom and as a result, many of the most famous artists are represented in the architecture as well as in the décor. Not only one of the most resplendent buildings in the world, but also one of the most sacred in terms of statuary, paintings and other pieces of art, you cannot help but feel a special presence of the divine when worshiping here.
3. The Meenakshi Amman Temple in India
Located in Madurai, Tamil, on the southern bank of the River Vaigai, this one temple is known to house approximately 33,000 Hindu sculptures. If the building itself doesn’t inspire you, then the fact that at least 15,000 people visit here each and every day should. Some are those of the faithful while others are just looking to visit one of the world’s most inspirational places of worship. In either case, this is a ‘must see’ site when visiting India because you can get a true sense of the piety of the people who come here to worship.
Every religion has what can be classified as a ‘most inspirational place of worship’ because the people who believe in the tenets of that particular faith literally put their hearts and souls into the construction and adornments.
Whether the house of worship offers plush seating or priceless works of art, these are places you should never miss when touring their respective countries.