The world's incredible temples

By dorotix, July 6th 2009 in Travel Photos Comments (32)


Numerous temples in the world are breathtakingly incredible constructions. Each has its own unique design and features that mirror particular religious beliefs and represent different forms of architectural styles.

See below the amazing images, presented here in no particular order, of some of the world's most incredible temples.

 

 

1. The Prambanan Temple. Indonesia

by zsoolt

 

The Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Central Java in Indonesia and one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built around 10th century and dedicated to Shiva.

 

 

 

2. The Taj Mahal Temple. India

By Stuck in Customs

 

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, completed in 1653 by a Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his favorite (third) wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child.  

 

 

3. The Lotus Temple. India

 

The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahá'í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986. The temple was opened to public worship in December 1986. Until 2002, it attracted more than 50 million visitors. It has been one of the most visited buildings in the world - the temple rivals the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal (in terms of the visitor numbers).

 

 

4. The Wat Rong Khu Temple. Thailand

 

The Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai is different from any other temple in Thailand as its ubosot (Pali: uposatha; consecrated assembly hall) is designed in white color with elements of white glass. Whiteness symbolizes Buddha’s purity and the Buddha’s wisdom is reflected in the white glass. The 2009 is the 12th year of construction and Wat Rong Khun. It has not been yet completed, but it has already become Chiang Rai’s greatest tourist attraction.

 

 

5. The Taktsang Temple. Bhutan

 

Taktsang Monastery, also called Tiger's Nest and situated north of Paro in Bhutan, sits on a nearly vertical cliff at the altitude of 3000m. It was built in 1692. The legend says that Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew onto the cliff on the back of a tigress. He used to meditate in a cave which now exists within the monastery walls.

 

 

6. The Akshardham Temple. India

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Akshardham, located in Dheli, was officially opened on 6 November 2005. It is one of the biggest religious places of worship ever constructed. It combines several different architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture that can be found in northern India. The Akshardham monument, built without steel, is entirely composed of sandstone and marble. 

 

By Mskadu

 

7. The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Indonesia

 

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major water temple on Bali, Indonesia. The temple complex is located on the shores of Danau Bratan (Lake Bratan) in the mountains near Bedugul. It was built in 1633 by the Raja of Mengwi.

 

 

8.The Harmandir Sahib Temple. India

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Harmandir Sahib, informally called the Golden Temple or the Temple of God (its name literally means House of God), is culturally the Sikhs' most significant place of worship. It is located in the city of Amritsar, which was established by Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth guru of the Sikhs. The construction of the temple started in 1574 and was completed in 1604.

 

 

9. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

 

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, in India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (6,31,000 m²) with a perimeter of 1,116m (10,710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world.

 

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10. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple. Canada

 

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was opened on July 22, 2007 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is the first traditional stone temple in Canada and the largest such structure outside India. No structural steel was used in the construction.

 

Comments

  1. Guest Jul 8, 2009 5:13 AM

    Stunning, love it! I would love to travel the world photographing ancient architecture.

    Matt Petch

  2. Guest Jul 8, 2009 8:29 PM

    I really love seeing how the architecture was put up because of religion :) I have also seen Ankor Wat in a lot of angles in http://www.baraaza.com/contest/

  3. Guest Jul 9, 2009 11:27 AM

    A humble information : the taj mahal in agra, india is not a temple. It is a mausoleum as quoted by you.

  4. Guest Jul 11, 2009 4:17 AM

    The Taj mahal is really a temple but is falsely regarded as a maosoleum. Chk out this site for more details - http://www.stephen-knapp.com/was_the_taj_mahal_a_vedic_temple.htm. Do chk out the photos too.

  5. nicole Jul 28, 2009 7:32 PM

    how is the angkor wat temple not on this list ??

  6. guest MAYS Jul 29, 2009 11:51 AM

    The Taj Mahal is not a temple it is a symbolic mausoleum built by Shah Jahan

    here is the Wikipedia Encyclopedia description

    In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum.In her dying breath, Mumtaz Mahal urged Shah Jahan to build a mausoleum for her, more beautiful than any the world had seen before. Shah Jahan granted his wife's wish, and construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death.[8] The court chronicles of Shah Jahan's grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

    Here is the link for you to update your knowledge about Taj Mahal

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal#cite_note-10

    FYI - The The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture.

    Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur'an (the holy book of Muslims ) are used as decorative elements. How can a temple have surahs from the Qur'an in a temple

  7. incredible temples Jul 30, 2009 12:29 AM

    This is a fantastic list of gorgeous temples,
    Lotus Temple looks so mysterious.i really want to visit these temples as soon as possible..fantastic post and great blog!
    www.thetravelerszone.com

  8. lepwitt Aug 6, 2009 6:09 PM

    O, I agree, these pictures are awesome. talesfrom beyondjohn@blogspot.com has a section of his most beautiful cathedrals he has visited. Please make his day and leave a comment

  9. huja Sep 14, 2009 6:58 PM

    Gotta add the various temples near Siem Reap (Angkor Wat, The Bayon, etc) as well as some of the temples of Burma (i.e. Shwedagon)

  10. Kristy Dec 31, 2009 8:50 PM

    The Angkor Temples in Cambodia should def be on this list..absolutely stunning ancient architecture

  11. me Jan 13, 2010 11:39 PM

    What about the temples in Russia, sorry but I don't know their name. The ones with the onion shaped domes. This is a great list but somewhat centralized around Southern ans Eastern Asia.

  12. ?? Jan 20, 2010 4:16 PM

    umm may I ask how the Hindu community of Canada and more specifically Toronto could possibly have enough money to build something like that...

  13. paprikices Jan 25, 2010 10:20 PM

    Whan about Angkor Wat? Should be the first of the list!

  14. Sarah Feb 23, 2010 10:21 PM

    The Lotus Temple is one of my favorite places on Earth.

  15. Kaushal Hindu Apr 24, 2010 9:08 AM

    Mindblowing HIndu Temples

  16. rplr Apr 28, 2010 1:08 AM

    you forgot Borobudur in Indonesia.

  17. harishrawat May 20, 2010 3:10 AM

    so many many thanks for sharing about indian's temples thanks a lot.

  18. RAWAT May 20, 2010 3:16 AM

    I have come across your blog about the world temples and thank you so much.

  19. akshar Feb 28, 2011 9:33 PM

    BAPS is a socio-religious organisation....it is this organisation that built the temple in Canada....they have built more than 1000 temples all over the world....each being better than the other...and the finance comes only frm donation...

  20. akshar Feb 28, 2011 9:48 PM

    Btw not only the temple in Canada but also the Akshardham temple in this list is built by BAPS...they also have temples in cities like Chicago, London, Sydney, Mumbai, Cape town etc. London temple is a fav destination for the tourists...Temples in India built by BAPS that i have seen are divine and breathtaking....u'll must see the New Delhi Akshardham....google it...the pics uploaded in this list is not doin full justice to its beauty...see the night image... :)

  21. Jessica May 26, 2011 9:43 AM

    It is nice but theTiger’s Nest Monastery is missing

  22. What about Egypt ? Oct 28, 2011 7:26 PM

    Abu Simbel, Philae, Karnak for ex...
    Warriors Temple in Mexico, Parthénon, Athen,
    Mahabodhi Temple in India, in a word, u don't know shit about temples

  23. Azzee Mar 14, 2012 10:56 PM

    The taj mahal in agra, india is not a temple. It is a mausoleum.
    and the link you provided shows only the assumptions taken on flowers and other architecture where the Quranic verses are clearly mentioned and as Shahjahan was a muslim so why would he been thinking of Hinduism at that time. so Taj Mahal is a mausoleum not a temple.

  24. Manesh Aug 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    great places
    want to visit and have the preview of these temples in my life !

  25. Manesh Aug 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    great places
    want to visit and have the preview of these temples in my life !

  26. Kelly Jan 1, 2013 9:02 AM

    You forgot one... 40 years in the making

    http://www.lds.org/church/temples/salt-lake?lang=eng

  27. ketty Jan 30, 2013 3:41 PM

    wat the.....................

  28. guest Jun 22, 2013 7:26 PM

    Why Angkor Wat is not on this list :(

  29. Karen Sep 13, 2013 10:48 PM

    What a wonderful testament to the capacity of humanity to be so creative, so filled with the ability to bring such breath taking beauty to the world. Clearly, belief in God can potentially unite us and not be devisive.Thank you to other posts who so kindly suggested other Houses of Worship to view as well.

  30. Panja Sep 15, 2013 2:06 PM

    These signs of God on earth were man,s masterpieces to worship and Unite mankind under one roof but not to be destroyed by to day s men of intellect using weapons of destruction!

  31. Charles Sep 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    This is a great resource of temples. Thank you for sharing. Some of these are definitely on my bucket list. There is also an incredible temple in Thailand called the million bottle temple which has been created from recycled beer bottles. You may like to read about this temple and check the photographs that I took when I visited.
    http://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/thailand/million-bottle-temple

  32. amogh Oct 18, 2013 8:51 AM

    i think the tirupati temple was mistakenly missed out of the list...it is certainly one of d best temple's in the world also definitely the richest!

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