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Old June 2nd, 2010, 09:43 PM   #41
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SULTAN MIZAN MOSQUE is my favourite religious building.located in putrajaya,malaysia


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Old June 2nd, 2010, 10:04 PM   #42
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St Peters Basilica in Vatican City is my favorite religious building in the entire world
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 11:08 PM   #43
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Sagrada Familia is my favourite too.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:01 AM   #44
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Well, it's obviously not the same imitating a 13th century building with 20th century materials, finantiation, machines and workers. Beautiful? Of course. Valueless, too (and I'm saying that and in my city, Madrid, the cathedral is also a 20th century neogothic building too, and much worse than Washington's one)
Valueless? What? It is not Notre Dame, but it is very important to our architectural heritage, it is a reflection of the very popular gothic revival at the time. So what? We used a style our ancestors had used long LONG before.
What about the Palace of Westminster? Or any structure that was done in a revival style using modern technologies? To say it is valueless is insanity.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:17 PM   #45
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My favourite religious building is the Church of Leende (village where I lived for some time) I always found this a remarkable building for a small village that must've been absolutely tiny back when they built it (1474). It has a peculiar, union-shaped tower tip. I realise now, I've never actually been inside. Should do some day!




On the greater scale of things: Mezquita de Cordoba (a cathedral incredibly delicately built inside of what used to be a mosque) - on of my favourite buildings in general:




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Old June 3rd, 2010, 08:53 PM   #46
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Wow! That interior is gorgeous.
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Old June 4th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #47
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Old June 4th, 2010, 10:59 AM   #48
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Gotta be those LDS temples:



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Old June 5th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #49
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Old June 9th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #50
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Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence




Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul


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Old June 11th, 2010, 02:49 AM   #51
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the lotus temple in new delhi INDIA



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Old June 11th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #52
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the grandaddy of them all....

it has influenced design for 1500 years... everything from mosques from morocco to india... churches from africa to siberia.... hagia sophia





although... istanbul has a dozen amazing mosques which could make it onto any list of amazing religious buildings..
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Nothing beats the Hagia Sophia.
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Nothing beats the Hagia Sophia.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #55
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Its a masterpiece, as you say. But if I didn't know its amazing history and age, I wouldn't consider it a very beautiful building just by looking at it. Its a marvel of engineering though, and the interiors are breathtaking.
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Antwerp, Belgium. Cathedral of Our Lady:





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Old June 14th, 2010, 12:35 AM   #57
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So many beautiful buildings!
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Old June 14th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #58
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Its a masterpiece, as you say. But if I didn't know its amazing history and age, I wouldn't consider it a very beautiful building just by looking at it. Its a marvel of engineering though, and the interiors are breathtaking.
it's not just the history of the building that's important.. it's the influence it's had on other buildings... half the religious buildings in this thread wouldn't look like they did if it wasn't for the hagia sophia.

the sultan ahmed is probably a tidier building, and it's certainly spectacular both inside and out, but it is just a copy (all be it a revolutionary and beautiful one!).

the thing that really amazes me about istanbul's (and the former ottoman empire's in general) mosques... is that virtually all of them contain a level of influence from the hagia sophia... but they have all interpreted it's basic concepts within the framework of the time they were built.

dolmabahe mosque for example is a distinctly victorian take on the orthodox christian inspired mosque, but still contain the essential elements taken from the original 5th and 6th century greek buildings.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #59
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