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Inside 19 of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world

INSIDER Logo By insider@insider.com (Zoë Ettinger) of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 20: Cathedrals are examples of incredible feats of early architecture.They differ from churches in that they must have a cathedra, the seat of a bishop.Many European cathedrals were constructed between 1000 and 1600 AD. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the largest in the world.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.Many cathedrals were constructed hundreds of years ago, and without the help of modern machinery, many took centuries to complete. For some, construction is still ongoing.Many were built with the help of community members. In the mid-12th century, churches began offering indulgences (forgiveness of sins) to those who would help build churches or cathedrals. Though the only requirement for a church to become a cathedral is the presence of seat for a resident bishop, many cathedrals have far grander architecture than traditional churches.Some cathedrals are gargantuan in size, like New York's St. John the Divine, which is 121,000 square feet.Take a look inside some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.Read the original article on Insider

Inside 19 of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world

Many cathedrals were constructed hundreds of years ago, and without the help of modern machinery, many took centuries to complete. For some, construction is still ongoing.

Many were built with the help of community members. In the mid-12th century, churches began offering indulgences (forgiveness of sins) to those who would help build churches or cathedrals. 

Though the only requirement for a church to become a cathedral is the presence of seat for a resident bishop, many cathedrals have far grander architecture than traditional churches.

Some cathedrals are gargantuan in size, like New York's St. John the Divine, which is 121,000 square feet.

Take a look inside some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.

Read the original article on Insider
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