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Top 10: World's most spectacular modern churches

A Christmas list of avant garde places to worship, from Germany to Japan and America to the Ivory Coast

The top 10 most spectacular modern churches worldwide were chosen by a committee of building experts from Emporis. The jury valued novel design, original materials and groundbreaking building techniques of churches built after 2000.

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1 St. Bonifatius

Herbrechtingen, Germany
Kaestle Ocker, Roeder Architekten

 

2 Harajuku Church Ciel

Tokyo, Japan
Rouge Creation

 

3 Martin Luther Church

Hainburg, Austria
coop himmelb(l)au

 

4 Christ Resurrection Church

Milan, Italy
Cino Zucchi Architetti

5 Aging in Africa Church

Ivory Coast
HWKN Abidjan

Aging in Africa

Source: HWKN

6 Capela de Santa Ana

Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
e|348 Arquitectura

7 Church of the Holy Cross

Jyllinge, Denmark
KHR Architects

8 Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Louisiana, USA
Trahan Architects, APAC

9 Farewell Chapel

Krasnja, Slovenia
OFIS Architects

10 Chapel of St Lawrence

Vantaa, Finland
Avanto Architects

Readers' comments (4)

  • All these beautiful new churches around the world but in the UK we are not only not building any new churches but demolishing them left, right and centre.

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  • @Eddy Rhead. It's supply and demand, why on earth would anyone build a new church here when religion is diminishing to the rise of Atheism?

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  • These churches were selected by Emporis. Not knowing who they were I thought I'd have a look and they are....The #1 provider of building data and construction projects worldwide! Says it all.

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  • Sorry Simon, 'Says it all'? Says what exactly?

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