97% of people can't name these places of worship from an image! Can you?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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All major religions have places of worship where followers can congregate, pray, meditate and give praise to their god or gods. These places of worship often have historical significance as a sacred place in the religion. They are also amazing achievements of architecture and beauty, known worldwide. How many of these places of worship can you identify from an image?

This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, goes by two names. It is popularly known as Kinkaku-ji which means "Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. Its official name, however, is Rokuon-ji, which translates to "Deer Garden Temple".

The Parthenon, situated on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece, was built between 447 and 438 B.C. Its name means "unmarried women's apartments," but historians are in disagreement as to where exactly this section of the building was located.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument built in several stages that started about 5,000 years ago. Although several theories have been suggested, no one is certain when it was built it, who built it and for what purpose. Close by the structure are numerous burial mounds built in the Bronze Age.

Also called Holy Temple, the name is used to refer to any of a series of temples built in the Old City of Jerusalem on what is known as the Temple Mount. Both the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are currently located on the site.

Construction of King's College Chapel at the University of Cambridge began in 1446 under orders from King Henry VI. The chapel took over 100 years to be completed and has the world’s largest fan vault.

The Lotus Temple in Delhi, India is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. The building pays tribute to the fact that the lotus symbol has significant meaning in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam – religions of the region.

This is the largest and oldest Friends Meeting House in the world. It was built in 1804, enlarged in 1811 and is still in use in Philadelphia, USA. Like other Meeting Houses of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, it contains no pulpit, no stained-glass windows, no religious icons and no shrines.

The 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia has the distinction of being the world’s largest religious monument. It was originally built in as a Hindu temple but was later converted to a Buddhist place of worship.

The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The building has a foundation of crushed lava rock to compensate for the large volume of underground water found at the site.

Golgotha, also called Calvary, is a hill just outside the walls of Jerusalem that some historians say had originally held a temple to Aphrodite. Golgotha is thought to be the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and burial. The area is now the location of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Also called Great Awakening Temple, the Mahabodhi Temple is a revered place in Buddhism. It is where the Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under the Bodhi Tree for 49 days. It is located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar State, India.

The Neue Synagoge or New Synagogue is the main place of worship for Berlin’s Jewish community. It was built between 1859 and1866 with architecture of the Moorish style, reminiscent of the Alhambra palace and fortress in Andalusia, Spain.

The Islamic Society of Boston serves as both a mosque and a cultural center. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Virupaksha Temple is located in the temple town of Hampi in South India. The temple has existed at least since the 7th century and has grown from a small shrine into the magnificent complex that stands today.

Kotoku-in is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Japan. The temple’s most famous feature is its "Great Buddha" – an immense outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha. The statue, also known as the Great Buddha of Kamakura, is approximately 47 feet tall.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is found in Istanbul, Turkey. Often called “The Blue Mosque,” it was built between 1609 and 1616 and is near the also famous Hagia Sophia museum.

The Meenakshi Amman Temple can be found in Madurai, India. The temple dates back to at least the 7th century. It was badly damaged in 1310 but was fully restored later in the 14th century.

The Great Mosque of Mecca, Masjid al-Haram, in Saudi Arabia, is the largest mosque in the world. It was built to enclose the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine. Millions of worshippers visit the site each year.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can be found in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is the country’s largest mosque and was built between 1996 and 2007. The mosque receives millions of visitors each year.

The Temple of Hercules is located on the eastern bank of the river Tiber, Rome. It is designed with 20 columns surrounding a central cylindrical stone block. Although it is said to be where Hercules rested after his tenth labor, the structure has since been converted to a church dedicated to St. Stephen.

The Wat Rong Khun is an ornate white Buddhist temple and art exhibit. It was designed and constructed by its owner Chalermchai Kositpipat, a visual artist. The Building of The White Temple, as it is popularly known, began in 1997 and is still underway.

St. Basil's Cathedral is also known as The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. It is located in Red Square, Moscow, Russia. Ivan the Terrible ordered its construction, which lasted from 1555 to 1561.

The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Bahji, Israel, is considered by adherents to the Bahai Faith as the most holy place. The shrine holds the remains of the founder of their religion and is in close proximity to where he died.

The Baha'i House of Worship North America is officially known as the Wilmette House of Worship. Located on the Illinois shores of Lake Michigan, it holds the distinction of being the largest and the oldest of all current Baha'i Houses of Worship.

The Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain. Construction of the church began in 1882, was midway in 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2026.

The Notre-Dame de Paris is also known as the Notre-Dame Cathedral. It was built in the Middle Ages on a site where two other churches previously stood. The site, however, was originally the location of a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter.

The La Madeleine in Paris, France is a Roman Catholic church designed without crosses or a bell tower. It was built in honor of Napoleon’s armies and he decided it should resemble a Greek temple. Construction of La Madeleine began in 1764 and was completed in 1842.

Also known as the Terraces of the Bahai Faith, the Hanging Gardens of Haifa enclose the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The 19 garden terraces stretch from the base of Mount Carmel to its peak.

The Golden Temple is officially known as Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God). It was completed in 1604 and is regarded as the holiest place of worship in the Sikh religion. It is located in Punjab, India.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, also known as the Mosque of Uqba, was founded in 670 A.D. in Tunisia, North Africa. It is one of the Islamic world’s oldest places of worship.

This church’s French name is Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Its construction began in 1145 but was completed in 1220 after a major fire in 1194. It is the last of several churches built on the same site since the 4th century.

The highly decorated Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal is dedicated to Our Lady the Blessed Virgin. The original (much smaller) chapel was first operated by the Jesuits.

Construction of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, India, was completed in the late 12th century. Jagannath is a Hindu deity whose name means "Lord of the Universe."

St. Peter's Basilica, located in Vatican City, is one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It was built between April 1506 and November 1626 and is one of the largest Christian churches in the world.

The Sacre-Coeur de Paris is known in English as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. It is a magnificent Roman Catholic church set on the highest point in the city. Persons entering the Sacre-Coeur de Paris are not allowed to use cameras and video recorders.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is the tallest temple in the world, rising to a height of roughly 700 feet. It is located in Vrindavan, Mathura, India and is expected to be completed in 2019 or later. Construction started in 2014.

Kedarnath Temple was constructed in the 8th century A.D. and is one of the greatest Shiva temples in India. It is located near the Mandakini river in the Garhwal Himalayan range.

The Kaaba is a shrine inside the Great Mosque of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Muslims consider the Kaaba to be the House of God and hence the holiest place on Earth.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is located in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa. It is currently among the largest churches in the world. Due to its location, it is often referred to as “Basilica in the Bush.”

Related to the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya is the site where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became Buddha. Thousands of pilgrims visit this site in India each year.

Paro Taktsang is also known as the Tiger's Nest and Taktsang Palphug Monastery. It is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site built on a cliff, 3120 meters above sea level.

The Grand Mosque of Paris was built after World War I in honor of Muslim soldiers who fought and died. During World War II it served as a hiding place for Algerian and European Jews. The rector at the time even went so far as to give the Jews fake Muslim birth certificates.

Although planning for the Temple of Divine Providence began in the late 18th century and the cornerstone was laid in 1792, primary construction did not begin until 2003. The temple, located in Warsaw, Poland, was officially opened in 2016.

The Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran church located in the center of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. It was built between 1945 and 1986, beside a statue of Leifur Eiriksson which was erected 15 years earlier. Leif Eiriksson is believed to have discovered the Americas centuries before Christopher Columbus.

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