Eastern Europe is one of our favourite regions in the world. There is just so much to see and do from lush mountains, off the beaten track towns and stunning city centres. One of he things we find fascinating about it is its churches…and as atheists that must mean they are pretty special! We are used to the drab and plain interiors of the Churches of Britain we were forced to endure growing up! So once we began to explore Eastern Europe and discovered its highly decorative and detailed churches we couldn’t believe the beauty we found before us! Here are some of the best from the countries we have visited!
Krakow itself is jam packed full of churches from the huge St. Mary’s which dominates the main square to the fascinating underground chapels of the Wieliczka Salt Mine!
Wieliczka Salt Mine – St. Kinga’s chapel
St. Peter and Paul’s Church
St. Mary’s Basilica
When we headed over to Lviv in Ukraine we were greeted with some of the most amazing churches we had ever seen. Around ever corner was another that was so amazingly decorated that we could hardly believe our eyes. It is also a country in which we encountered the most passion and active following. People were literally laid on the floor of some churches, non of them were just tourist attractions!
Read about Ukraine here:
Guide to Lviv
St Andrew’s Church
St. George’s Cathedral
When we visited Moscow one of the thing we most wanted to see was St. Basil’s cathedral in Red Square. This multi-coloured and fairy-tale like building has become an icon of the city and Russia too. To finally see it was an absolute dream come true, but what we were not prepared for was the level of detail on the inside too!
Read about Moscow here:
8 must do things in Moscow, Russia
St. Basil’s Cathedral
Charming and contrasting Bratislava
St. Martin’s Cathedral
St Elizabeth’s / Blue Church
Read more about Hungary here:
Guide to Budapest
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Austria (as part of Austro-Hungary):
We have decided to include Austria in this post as its history is so closely tied with that of Hungary’s and we found the churches over there to be of a similar style too. We also visited from Bratislava which is only an hour away! Exploring Vienna, what was once the shared capital with Budapest, we came across so many stunning churches as well as other impressive and impeccable architecture. Vienna really is a dream of a city to visit!
See more of Austria here:
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Peter’s Church
Church of the Jesuits
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