The Five Tallest Churches in the World

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: October 30th, 2023

Christian churches have always been some of the most fascinating structures in the world. Interestingly, these churches not only served as places of worship but also as indicators of the city’s wealth and architectural prowess. The race to build the world’s tallest church was as fervent as the modern competition to erect the world’s tallest building. Before the introduction of the skyscraper, some of these churches were amongst the tallest building in the world. Here are the tallest church edifices on the planet.

  1. Ulm-MinsterUlm Minster – Located in the German city of Ulm, it is the tallest church in the world and from 1890 to 1901 was the tallest building overall. The construction of the church commenced in 1377 and ended over five centuries later in 1890. Its steeple is 161.5 metres tall and has a total of 768 steps. The Ulm Minster is one of Germany most visited landmarks and is beyond any doubt one of the most beautiful among the tallest churches in the world. It’s a Lutheran church, and its towering spire has made it a hallmark in church architecture.
  2. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace – This wonderful structure is situated in the capital of Côte d`Ivoire, Yamoussoukro and is known to be the tallest Roman Catholic temple in the world. The building’s dome is recognised as the tallest in the world. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace was built during the 1990s and was inspired by the design of the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City. While the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City is not the world’s tallest church, its influence on church architecture, especially for the Catholic Church, is undeniable. At the moment the edifice has a capacity of 18.000 people and is certainly one of Africa’s most renowned places of interest. The building is also considered to be the largest church in the world, a status that is disputed with the aforementioned Basilica of Stain Peter.
    While the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace holds the title of the tallest Catholic church, many are also drawn to Stephen’s Cathedral for its historical significance. The Cathedral of Saint Peter remains a beacon for pilgrims, but for those seeking a panoramic view combined with devotion, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is a must-visit.
  3. Lincoln Cathedral – Officially known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, this breathtaking structure lies in the English cathedral city of Lincoln in the eastern parts of the country. The construction of the church started during the late 12th century and ended in the early 14th century in 1311. Sadly, the medieval church was destroyed when a part of the cathedral’s nave collapsed. It has three towers which are 83 metres tall and three spires which are 160 metres tall. A total of 20 bells are spread over the three towers. The Lincoln Cathedral is one of England’s most famous edifices, so make sure that you visit it, once your relocation is over. You can speed your move by using professional man and van services. Don’t worry about the price of such services as most man and van companies work with affordable prices.
  4. Cologne Cathedral – One of the most popular cathedrals in the world, the Cologne Cathedral is situated in the German city of Cologne. From 1880 to 1884 it was the tallest edifice in the world and to date is considered to be the most beautiful church in Germany. However, during World War II, the medieval church was accidentally blown, causing significant damage, especially to the south tower. The structure is visited by approximately 20.000 people on a daily basis, which makes it Germany’s most visited landmark. The church was built for more than six centuries and was completed in 1880. The spire of the cathedral is 157.4 metres and is the edifice’s main feature.
  5. In the annals of church architecture, the tale of the Strasbourg Cathedral is particularly noteworthy. Once considered the tallest cathedral for several centuries, its prominence in history is undeniable. Located in the heart of Strasbourg, France, this Roman Catholic marvel stands as a testament to the determination of its builders. Tragically, like many other iconic structures, a medieval church that previously stood on its site was destroyed. However, the resilient spirit of the era gave rise to the new cathedral that we admire today. Miraculously, while many cathedrals faced the wrath of time and conflict, the Strasbourg Cathedral has largely survived intact, continuing to inspire and awe visitors from around the globe.
  6. Beauvais Cathedral – With a height of 153 metres, the Beauvais Cathedral is the tallest in France and deserves a place in the list of the tallest churches in the world. It is also known as the most daring Gothic church in the world due to its complex and unorthodox architectural design. Rouen Cathedral, another significant structure, was once considered one of the world’s tallest churches before the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral surpassed it. In 1840, the church was recognised by the French as a historic monument and was classified as a national heritage site.
  7. The Nicholas Church is another masterpiece in the realm of tallest cathedrals, which is a testament to the dedication and artistry of the medieval era.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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