Mr. Epstein of @EpsteinTravels never fails to pick an interesting topic for his #FriFotos Twitter game, and this week is no exception: HOLY PLACES. We were pretty excited – to say the least – because we’ve got a whole stock of gorgeous photos of churches, mosques and temples from our archive of Hg2 cities. We’ve chosen a few of the best and, quite frankly, most obscure places we could find (okay, we had to include the Segrada Familia, but who wouldn’t?) for your viewing pleasure. And don’t forget to follow @Hg2 on Twitter for more hedonistic fun than you can shake a very large stick at.
Everyone knows the Duomo is the most famous (and probably the most beautiful) church in Milan, but what about the Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio? They say it’s the city’s true church and, given that it was founded in 386, who can argue?
The Bibi Heybat Mosque was a sad casualty of the destructive Soviet regime in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. It has now been entirely rebuilt. A stunning and absolutely huge mosque, it is worth a visit and best viewed when lit up by night.
The gorgeously golden domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is not Moscow’s most famous church, but it has arguably seen the most history. Originally built by Tsar Alexsander I, the church was completed in 1812, and Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’ was played at the opening.
You wouldn’t expect a church to be so comfy in Amsterdam’s red light district, but De Oude Kerk nestles in easily amongst the hash shops and plastic brothels. It was there first, after all.
The 9th century Fraumunster Church is a must visit in Zurich – even for the irreligious – for Marc Chagall’s five jewel-like stained glass windows depicting a Christian story in an explosion of colour.
A former residence for high-ranking imperial eunuchs, the Lama Temple is now one of the only working Buddhist temples in Beijing. Check out the 18-meter-high Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood in the far building.
Okay, so maybe it’s not the holiest of places on this list, but hey, it’s Las Vegas! The Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel has seen many drunken nuptials exchanged…and that’s about as spiritual as Vegas gets.
St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is the largest Gothic cathedral in the US, big enough to fit up to 2,200 worshippers. Built in 1858, it stands in dramatic contrast with the surrounding skyscrapers.
Try not to get neck ache- this breathtakingly ornate ceiling inside the Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque in Beirut is a colourful example of Islamic art, built in the Ottoman style.