Saturday, November 12, 2011

Top 10 largest temples in the world

10. Baalbek

Baalbek, also called Heliopolis,it  is one of theamazing archaeological site in northeastern Lebanon.The temple of Jupiter was lined by 54 huge granite columns from which only 6 of these  massive  columns remain standing but even they are extremely impressive. The best preserved temple at the site is the Temple of Bacchus built in 150 AD it is  69 meters long and 36 meters wide temple. 

9.Temple of Christ the Saviour

Temple of Christ the savior is one of the most wonderful and controversial buildings in Moscow .Temple had a short but chaotic history.In 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church get  permission to rebuilt the cathedral which get completed in 2000, constructed with modern building materials. At a height of 105 meters (344 feet) it is the tallest Orthodox church in the world.

 8.Temple of Saint Sava

The Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade is the largest Orthodox church building in the world.Dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The construction of the church began in 1985 and was almost completed by 2004. The church is 91 meters (299 feet) long from and 81 meters (266 feet) wide. It is 70 meters (230 feet) tall, with the main gold-plated cross on top of the dome extends the church for 12 more meters (39 feet). It has a surface area of 3,500 m2 on the ground floor.

7.Tikal (Temple IV)

The largest, Temple-pyramid IV, is some 72 meters (230 feet) high and was finished around 720 AD.Temple IV is the largest temple built anywhere in the Maya region, and as it currently stands is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas although the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan may originally have been taller, as may have been one of the jungle covered pyramids at El Mirador.



Jetavanaramaya is the largest stupa in the world if measured by volume which is located in the city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, . The temple was built by king Mahasena in the 3rd century AD and took 15 years to complete. Approximately 93.3 million baked bricks were used in the construction. With a height of 122 meters (400 feet), The diameter of the dome itself is approximately 95 meters (312 feet).

5.Sri Ranganathaswamy

The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha (a reclining form of Lord Vishnu), the Sri Ranganathaswamy With an area of 156 acres (6,31,000 m²), the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the largest temples in the world. There are 21 gopurams (tower), among which the Rajagopuram is the biggest temple in South India. It is 73 meters (240 feet) in height, and dates from the 17th century, although it was only completed in 1987.

4. Akshardham Temple

Akshardham temple,  Completed in 2005 by the spiritual organization BAPS,. The central monument is 43 meters (141 feet) high, 96 meters (316 feet) wide, and 110 meters (370 feet) long, and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. It is constructed completely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, and has no support from steel or concrete.

3 Borobudur

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world Located on the Indonesian island of Java ,built by  the kingdom of Sailendra.,. The Borobodur can be divided into three groups: base, body, and top, which resembles the three major division of a human body. The base is a 123×123 meters (403.5×403.5 feet) square in size and 4 meters (13 feet) high of walls. The total surface area is approximately 2,500 mt. The dome has a height of 35 meters (115 feet) from the ground level.

2.Karnak (Great Hypostyle Hall)

Karnak  is the largest ancient temple complex in the world. Karnak actually consists of several temples. Hypostyle Hall is one of most famous structures of Karnak .A hall area of 5,000 m2 (50,000 sq ft). The 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows supported a roof that has now fallen. At a height of 24 meters (80 feet) the 2 middle rows are higher than the others.

1. Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is a enormous temple complex which includes the famous Angkor Wat temple, the largest temple in the world. It is made of three rectangular galleries ,each level higher than the last. The outer gallery measures 187 x 215 meters (614 x 705 feet). After this, the next two galleries are connected to each other. On the second level, it measures 100 x 115 meters (328 x 377 feet). The inner gallery is a 60 x 60 meter (197 x 197 feet) square area. The tower above the central shrine rises 65 meters (213 feet) above the ground.