There are 355 items filed under curious places of worship.

The hallowed halls of great basilicas, temples, cathedrals, and monasteries are universally admired and respected. But not all places of worship are as traditional as that, and some traditional places of worship have some truly strange histories. Hanging temples, religious relics, bizarre shrines full of dolls, trees that looks like Jesus, modern day pyramid cults, all and much more qualify as Curious Places of Worship.

Naples, Italy

Fontanelle Cemetery Caves

The plague of 1656 and the bombings of WWII united by a cult dedicated to caring for the ancient dead
31 Dec 2015
Wakayama, Japan

Awashima Jinja

A Japanese shrine to dolls
30 Dec 2015
Krakow, Poland

The Bones of the Wawel Dragon

Real bones which are said to have belonged to a Polish dragon
21 Dec 2015
Marseille, France

Notre-Dame de la Garde's Nautical Ex-Voto

Sky ships, planes, and portraits left as unique tokens of hope and thankfulness
01 Dec 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

A hidden garden of stones engraved with scriptures, a Joseph Smith Sphynx, and all carved by one man
31 Dec 2014

The Unfinished Church

Storms, funding, and in-fighting have kept this Bermuda church from ever being completed
20 Nov 2014
Reykjavik, Iceland


The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive
15 Nov 2014
New Harmony, Indiana

The Roofless Church

This open air cathedral invites all faiths to worship under the only roof big enough to fit them all: the sky
29 Aug 2014
Los Angeles, California

Aetherius Society's American Headquarters

"Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament."
05 Jan 2014
Helena, Montana

Cathedral of St. Helena

Modeled after a famous church in Vienna, Austria—but in Helena, Montana
31 Dec 2013
Beit Jala, Palestinian Territory

The Shrine of Saint George

Ancient chapel with an insane history
11 Nov 2013
Greater London, England

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Hear the quietest sound from across the dome
04 Nov 2013
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Crystal Mosque

Extravagant mosque honors modern Islam
10 Oct 2013
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Raven Room

Edgar Allan Poe's old dorm is now a shrine to the author's legacy
07 Oct 2013
Monterey, California

San Carlos Cathedral

The oldest continuously operating church in California
06 Oct 2013
Bandai, India

Bullet Baba Shrine

Liquor and flowers mark a holy site for Indian motorcycle riders
06 Oct 2013
New York, New York

Angel Orensanz Foundation

The oldest surviving synagogue in New York City is now a soaring art space
30 Sep 2013
Myanmar (Burma)

Thanboddhay Pagoda

Luxurious devotion and 500,000 images of Buddha in Myanmar
28 Sep 2013
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Christ of the Divine Mercy

A 50-foot-tall statue of Jesus where a stairway transports the faithful into his body
25 Sep 2013
Bartlett, Illinois

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir

This elaborate Hindu temple is located in a Chicago suburb, but looks like it was transported directly from India
17 Sep 2013
Rosscarbery, Ireland

Drombeg Stone Circle

One of the most popular megalithic sites in Ireland stands as a humbler version of Stonehenge
15 Sep 2013
Khlong Mai, Thailand

Wat Samphran Temple

An enormous dragon scales the walls of this 17-story temple
10 Sep 2013
Beijing, China

Xiannongtan - Temple of Agriculture

An ancient Chinese temple where even the emperor dressed like a farmer in the name of the harvest
10 Sep 2013
West Terre Haute, Indiana

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

A wartime promise becomes a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes
09 Sep 2013
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026 - a century after the death of its architect
09 Sep 2013
Lourdes, France

Basilica of St. Pius X

Beneath the city of Lourdes, France is a massive, concrete church
27 Aug 2013
Amiens, France

The Head of St. John the Baptist at Amiens Cathedral

The encased skull that is widely believed to belong to St. John the Baptist
27 Aug 2013

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