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Old November 7th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Each religion's most architecturally impressive building/place of worship/structure

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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Angkor Wat, worlds largest religious building - 900 years old, first a Hindu then a Buddhist temple:







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The outer walls enclose an area of 203 acres

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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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And thats just barely half of it, there are loads of temples, moats, irrigation chanels (?), statues and other stuff hidden in the forests. Its incredible and the quality and sheer number of reliefs makes it even more amazing.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #4
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St Peter's Rome, largest Christian church. It covers 5.7 acres and can hold 60,000 people. its dome is 450ft tall





For scale the baldachino in the centre is nearly 100ft tall:





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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #5
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Our Lady of the Peace, Yammoussoukro, Ivory Coast, and its 523 ft dome - the worlds largest






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For scale, note the little mansion on the left


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Akshardam, Delhi, covers 32 acres and the second largest Hindu temple





















..and the record holder, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tiruchirrapalli and its 21 towers -156 acres

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What is with holy wisdom romancatholic or ortodox?
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^Sri Ranganathaswamy (Srirangam for short :P) is really massive. Like other Tamil temple complexes it has a maze of corridors and colonnades and halls...and if you count the number of people living inside, it should be considered a city.



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Arunachaleswara Temple, covers 25 acres

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Nanshan Temple, Hainan, China covers 44 acres, of which the buildings cover 10:












including a 354ft Guanyin statue



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worlds tallest statue - 682ft tall including the pedestal (420ft statue itself)




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Wuming Institute of Buddhist Studies, Sichuan, China. ----The LARGEST of its kind.

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For Jain dharma, there are two possible candidates IMO:

Shatrunjaya (Palitana), Gujarat - A hill with over 1300 temples, the oldest ones dating back a millennium.





Sonagiri, Madhya Pradesh - Around 84 temples dating from the medieval period.







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