Churches and Places of Worship around the World

One of the things I love about travel are the places of worship that we visit. I’m not spiritual by any means, but I do find an enormous amount of peace and calm whenever my husband and I seek out various religious structures in the places that we visit. It’s like our unspoken rule of hitting every major skyscraper we can or how we always make sure we do two things off of each other’s travel wish list. That’s just what we do when we travel.

These are some of the places of worship around the world (churches, cathedrals, synagoges, temples and mosques) that we’ve visited in the last eight years. They’re all my images, by the way.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque-1234


Gergiti Holy Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Caucasus Mountains

Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, Mount Kazbeg



The Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion



The hubby at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

John at Angkor Wat


The Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

Grotto of the Redemption



Village Church, Wimborne, England

St Paul's Cathedral in Wimborne



Church in Copenhagen, Denmark




A pagoda at Gyeongbuk Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea - Gyeongbok Palace


Makung Daoist Temple, Penghu, Taiwan

Makung Temple


 A decimated local temple in a small village in the mountains of Northern Laos. This place wasn’t even on the map.

Sitting Giant


Immaculata Cathedral, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Immaculata Cathedral



St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England

St Paul's Cathedral



San Sebastian Steel Cathedral, Manila Philippines




Cathedral in Paris, France




A Twin-Spired Church in Amsterdam




Georgian Orthodox Church in Sighnaghi, Georgia

Georgian Orthodox Church, Sighnaghi, Georgia



Metheki Church, Tbsili, Georgia

Metheki Church, Tsiblisi, Georgia

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

17 thoughts on “Churches and Places of Worship around the World

    Karl K.

    (July 9, 2012 - 1:29 pm)

    Beautiful pictures, Carrie! The only one I’ve actually visited was The Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto, Japan.


      (July 10, 2012 - 4:29 am)

      Hi Karl,

      Thanks for dropping by. The Golden Pavilion is one of my favorites on this list. It hadn’t occurred to me how many places we’ve actually been to until I wrote this post. It was a bit of an eye-opener!

    Ava Apollo

    (July 9, 2012 - 4:31 pm)

    Gorgeous photos, although I’ve come to expect nothing less from you.


      (July 10, 2012 - 4:28 am)

      Awww, shucks. I’m blushing.


    (July 9, 2012 - 7:31 pm)

    Some of the best buildings I’ve ever seen. Say what you want about religion, it does inspire incredible architecture!


      (July 10, 2012 - 4:28 am)

      I agree! Thanks for dropping by, Lindsay.


    (July 15, 2012 - 6:44 pm)

    I love how eclectic different places of worship around the world look. I enjoy taking pictures of them as well, though sometimes I want to take photos where I know I really shouldn’t because of the sacred space.


      (July 21, 2012 - 3:24 am)

      I am mindful of that as well, Joanna. I very rarely take shots indoors, but I think outdoor shots are more than acceptable if you’re not bothering anyone. I have, on occasion, taken indoor shots with permission, but that’s an entirely different post. 🙂


    (July 16, 2012 - 9:20 pm)

    I remember when I went into a Japanese temple for the first time and was blown away by its serenity. Then I went to Thailand and… well… incredible as well but is kinda tacky compared to the simplicity of those in Japan – except Ginkakuji…. which is kinda showy lol.

    Places of worship are some of my favourite places to visit! Great post!


      (July 21, 2012 - 3:22 am)

      Thanks, Margyle. It’s interesting to read people’s perspective here. I love Japanese temples, but I’m a huge fan of the golden Buddha temples in Thailand as well. I think my favorite place of worship to date are the churches and cathedrals in Georgia, Eastern Europe. Those places blew me away!


    (September 8, 2012 - 4:05 am)

    The churches in every travel spot should never missed. It’s one way of discovering the culture of every place. It’s also one way of thanking god for good life and chances to travel.


    (September 15, 2012 - 7:08 am)

    I’ve been to Immaculata Cathedral, Puerto Princesa in the Philippines. The church is very good for worship. Everyone must try how it is like being there.


      (September 16, 2012 - 4:10 am)

      Hi Michael,

      It is a beautiful church, isn’t it? There were loads of people there every time we drove by.


    (September 23, 2012 - 12:23 pm)

    I love the style of really old Christian churches…especially Georgian and Armenian ones. They have a feeling of mystique which I find quite alluring.


      (September 25, 2012 - 1:53 pm)

      Me too, Ana. I don’t think I’ve seen any other church quite like the ones found in Georgia. They’re really, really beautiful.

    Steven Crook

    (October 26, 2012 - 3:35 am)

    Beautiful images!
    Have you ever been to the Catholic church in Shenshan, Wutai, Pingtung County? The exterior isn’t special, but the inside is.



      (October 30, 2012 - 2:47 am)

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks very much. I haven’t been, but it’s on my list now. 🙂

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