Top 10 Largest Temples in the World

Top 10 Largest Temples in the World - Angkor Wat TempleThroughout the centuries and civilizations temples have played a significant part in the society. Due to various religions the word “temple” might be called with varying names but they are used for one basic purpose; to put forward religious views believes. The acceptance of this truth has compelled generations to erect some of the largest and mesmerising temples in the world. Let us have a look into the content to know the top ten largest temples in the world.

List of 10 Largest Temples in the World

1. Angkor Wat Temple

2. Karnak

3. Borobudur

4. Akshardham Temple

5. Sri Ranganathaswamy

6. Jatavanaramaya

7. Tikal

8. Temple of Saint Sava

9. Temple of Christ the Saviour

10. Baalbek

Top Ten Largest Temples in the World

Here is the list which discusses about the top ten largest temples in the world.

1. Angkor Wat Temple

The Angkor Wat Temple of Cambodia is one of the largest temples in the world who’s the outer gallery measures 187 x 215 meters. It was built during the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II in Yasodharapura, the then capital of Khmer Empire. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple with key features such as Jagati. The tem0pple was designed to represent Mount Meru, the home of the Devas according to Hindu Mythology. “Temple City” or “City of Temples” is the meaning of Angkor Wat.

2. Karnak

Also called Karnak Temple Complex, Karnak is a combination of decayed temples, chapels, pylons and few other buildings. It is the largest ancient temple complex in the world, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of Egyptian builders. With an area of 5000 m sq. Hypostyle Hall is the most famous structure of the temple. The Karnak complex takes its name from the nearby and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak.

3. Borobudur

This one of the largest temple, situated in Magelang, Central Java in Indonesia, built in 9th century. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. Borobudur was constructed out of 2 million blocks of stone during the kingdom of Sailendra. The total surface area is approximately 2,500 m sq. and the body is composed of 5 square platforms each with diminishing heights.

4. Akshardham Temple

Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, Akshardham Temple is the one of the largest Hindu Temple, situated in Delhi in India which was officially opened in the year of 2005. It was constructed by the spiritual organization BAPS and sits beside the Yamuna River. The central monument is 43 meters high, 96 meters wide, and 110 meters long and the entire temple is assemble out of Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble.

5. Sri Ranganathaswamy

Dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu God, Vishnu, Sri Ranganathaswamy is located in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu. Popular in legends and history this holy place is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India. With a total area of 156 acres and 4,116m  perimeter, the place inserted by 7 homocentric walls and 21 gopurams, 39 pavilions, 50 shrines and hall of 1000 pillars.

6. Jatavanaramaya

Jatavanaramaya is a Buddhist temple that was constructed by King Mahasena during the 3rd century AD which took fifteen years to complete. It situated in Anuradhapura city in Sri Lanka and is the third tallest structure in ancient world after Pyramid of giza. Its foundation is 8.5 meteres deep and the complete structure is 122 meters tall with a 95 m diameter dome. The structure is significant in the island’s history for it represents the tensions within the Theravada and Mahayana sects of Buddhist monks.

7.  Tikal

A Mesoamerican pyramid in the ruins of the ancient Maya City of Tikal, Tikal temple is currently located in Guatemala. It was built around 741 AD and was one of the tallest and most voluminous buildings in the city of Maya. It is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site and stands 64.6 meters tall from its backing platform which was created to mark the reign of the 27th king of the Tikal dynasty.

8. Temple of Saint Sava

Located in Belgrade, Temple of Saint Sava is the largest Orthodox Church in the world which is dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The construction of the church began in 1985 and was mostly completed by 2004 though the interior decoration needs a final finishing touch. It is 91 meters (299 feet) long, 81 meters (266 feet) wide and a surface area of 3,500 m sq.

9. Temple of Christ the Saviour

With a turbulent history, Temple of Christ the Saviour is one of the most impressive yet controversial buildings in Moscow whose reconstruction was completed in 2000. It was originally commissioned after the defeat of Napoleon, but construction did not begin until 1839. The recent construction was done on the base of the previous one but with advanced and modern materials.

10. Baalbek

Baalbek, in the town of Beqaa Valley in Lebanon is also famous as Baalbeck and is one among the largest temples in the world. Counted among the wonder of the ancient world its monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome.

One thought on “Top 10 Largest Temples in the World

  1. Mohnish

    There is no doubt that all mentioned temples are remarkable example of architectural elegance. I have visited a few of them, and wish to visit remaining ones in near future. Thanks for the nice article!

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