10 Amazing Unusual Churches
In many religious, there are no specific rules on where and how to construct a place of worship. That allows some people to get a little creative with how they host a number of ceremonies from weekly worship to weddings and other life highlights. The followi are 10 of the most unusual, yet incredible churches to be built by man.
Lego church (Netherlands)
While many churches are known for beautiful architecture, this church has made with concrete blocks designed to look like the traditional children’s building blocks to construct the church. It was first stood up during the Grenswerk Festival in Enschede, Netherlands by Filip Jonker and Michiel de Wit.
Organic church (Italy)
Artists Giuliano Mauri literally turned his inspiration from nature and created a unique church that currently rests just outside of Bergamo and near Monte Arena. Considered the Tree Cathedral, it is using only trees for the church’s structure back in 2001. The overall composition includes 42 fir trunks to act as columns and the branches of several chestnut and hazelnut trees to provide structural support.
Bone church (Czech Reupblic)
The Sedlec Ossuary might be one of the creepiest, yet awe-inspiring cathedrals on this list with more than 40,000 human skeletons used to compose different parts of the gothic church. It is also affectionately called the Church of Bones. Right in the center is a chandelier that has at least one of every bone found in the human body.
Snow church (Germany)
While this was constructed back in 2011 by the members of Mitterfirmiansreut village in Germany, this church is noticeable thanks to a bright blue light that emanates from inside so that hundreds can come and enjoy the services held within. There have been previous attempts back in the early 1900s, but there were issues with having enough snow to keep it maintained. The newest version cost more than 100,000 euros and about 49,000 cubic feet of snow and ice to build.
Tank church (Netherlands)
First built by Dutch artist Chris Kulsi, this church has created a little bit of a mixed message as some consider it a sign of a modern day Crusades, while the patrons consider it a peaceful place to worship. Regardless of how you view it, it is quite an interesting structure to look at.
Inflatable church (Netherlands)
The Transparante Kerk might be the only inflatable church that can be blown up on any given demand and can hold up to 30 people for various services and can be booked to travel for local festivals, business events and other private parties. The creator Frank Los has stated that this church is meant for open format services that focus more on philosophy and discussing life’s most important questions.
See-through church (Belgium)
The Belgian architects Arnout Van Vaerenbergh and Pieterian Gijs wanted to create a design that allows natural sunlight to enter the church. It is built using 100 stacked layers and columns of steel plates that allow walls of the church to look hidden or be allowed to reappear to protect from rain and other weather issues. This was just one of the several structures that was part of the Z-OUT art installation to place these structures in public places over a five-year period.
World’s Tiniest Church (U.S.A.)
New York’s Cross Island Chapel is the smallest of all churches with a total floor area of 51 inches by 81 inches for a total of less than 30 square feet. It is nondemoninational and can only seat two guests at a time. A wedding was held with the church only being able to hold the bride, groom and minister while everyone else was anchored nearby the tiny church in boats; which is the only way one can access the church building.
Train church (Russia)
It is quite a unique church among the global Orthodox Christian chapels by using old railway cars. However, using old train cars for modern architecture is nothing new for the communities who look to add housing and support businesses in Russian land.
Cliff church (Georgia)
On the top of a rock formation that is about 130 feet tall, it might be one of the hardest churches to attend as there are stairways that lead up the side of the tall rock structure. It is interesting to note that the lead Georgian monk has lived in the church for almost 20 years. It was believed to be built sometime between sixth and eighth centuries.