Whether you are religious or not, churches are among man’s most amazing creations. Nowadays, there are a lot of modern and ancient churches and cathedrals in many countries. There are 34 words for “church” in the English language but whether you use “cathedral,” chapel,” “mosque,” “shrine,” “synagogue,” “temple,” or any of the others, one thing is certain – it’s a place of beauty. From stained glass windows to artfully crafted deities to polished pews and lofty domes, churches are arguably the most stunning buildings on earth.
11. The Church Of The Assumption, Lake Bled, Slovenia
The Church of Mary the Queen, also known as the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, or Our Lady of the Lake, is located on a small island in Lake Bled, known as Blejski Otok, in the picturesque Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia. It has such a beautiful setting that photographs of it are regularly found in travel magazines and it is surely the most recognizable place in Slovenia. Bled was the summer residence of Marshal Tito, back when Yugoslavia was a country and Slovenia was just a province, along with the other Yugoslavian provinces of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia (and Serbia’s autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina). The usual way to reach the island is by pletna, a large gondola-like row boat with a canopy. The rower typically waits for about 10 people before leaving for the island and gives you about 30 minutes on the island.