The world's incredible temples

By dorotix, July 6th 2009 in Travel Photos Numerous temples in the world are breathtakingly incredible constructions. Each has its own unique design and features that mirror particular religious beliefs and represent different forms of architectural styles. See below the amazing images, presented here in no particular order, of some of the world's most incredible temples.

1. The Prambanan Temple. Indonesia

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The Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Central Java in Indonesia and one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built around 10th century and dedicated to Shiva.

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who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. By betta design . Shah Jahan.The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra. completed in 1653 by a Mughal Emperor. in memory of his favorite (third) wife. India. Mumtaz Mahal.

3. It was completed in 1986. India. The temple was opened to public worship in December 1986. It has been one of the most visited buildings in the world .the temple rivals the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal (in terms of the visitor numbers). is a Bahá'í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. The Lotus Temple. Until 2002. popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape. India By blong avenger The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi. . it attracted more than 50 million visitors.

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It has not been yet completed. consecrated assembly hall) is designed in white color with elements of white glass. . Whiteness symbolizes Buddha¶s purity and the Buddha¶s wisdom is reflected in the white glass. The Wat Rong Khu Temple. but it has already become Chiang Rai¶s greatest tourist attraction. Thailand By Eric Baqchus The Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai is different from any other temple in Thailand as its ubosot (Pali: uposatha. The 2009 is the 12th year of construction and Wat Rong Khun.4.

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The Taktsang Temple. the second Buddha. It was built in 1692. sits on a nearly vertical cliff at the altitude of 3000m. also called Tiger's Nest and situated north of Paro in Bhutan.5. Bhutan By Hockadilly Taktsang Monastery. flew onto the cliff on the back of a tigress. The legend says that Guru Rinpoche. He used to meditate in a cave which now exists within the monastery walls. .

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located in Dheli. is entirely composed of sandstone and marble. It is one of the biggest religious places of worship ever constructed. . The Akshardham Temple. The Akshardham monument. It combines several different architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture that can be found in northern India. was officially opened on 6 November 2005. India By Mskadu Akshardham. built without steel.6.

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is a major water temple on Bali. It was built in 1633 by the Raja of Mengwi. or Pura Bratan. The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Indonesia. Indonesia By jenniferphoon Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.7. . The temple complex is located on the shores of Danau Bratan (Lake Bratan) in the mountains near Bedugul.

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8. which was established by Guru Ram Das Ji. .The Harmandir Sahib Temple. is culturally the Sikhs' most significant place of worship. the fourth guru of the Sikhs. The construction of the temple started in 1574 and was completed in 1604. India By voobie Harmandir Sahib. It is located in the city of Amritsar. informally called the Golden Temple or the Temple of God (its name literally means House of God).

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710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. . The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (6.9.000 m²) with a perimeter of 1. in India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha.31. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple By Paul Carvill The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.116m (10.

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It was opened on July 22. It is the first traditional stone temple in Canada and the largest such structure outside India. Canada By Grant MacDonald BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple in Toronto. Ontario. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple. .10. 2007 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. No structural steel was used in the construction. Canada.

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