Can You Guess the Famous Cathedral by Looking at Just One Image?

By: Tasha Moore
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Don't let the majestic facades of the cathedrals we present here fool you. These famous landmarks have gone through some tough times. Yet they remain important religious and cultural symbols that inspire millions. Take our world cathedral quiz to see how many religious buildings you can recognize.

The world's most famous cathedrals neatly house heaps of Old World history. Crypts and cemeteries on these ecclesiastical campuses keep the noble remains of monarchs and famous folks. The refurbished facades of these structures can never erase the abuse the buildings have sustained from countless wars throughout the years. Most of all, cathedrals symbolize the civic pride and unwavering resiliency of humans. Restoration and maintenance projects can take a long time, but visionaries have humbled themselves to see plans for these places through to the end. 

Get to know a cathedral from foundation to spire and you can get a pretty good sense of how much a town regards its own place in the world. More humble-looking worship centers, like the Southwell Minster of Nottinghamshire, are just as much appreciated as the elaborate, highly-embellished religious temples of France and England. You've heard of Notre Dame of Paris? Well, it isn't the only acclaimed holy dame in the world. In this quiz, you get to identify several that proudly bear the name!

Won't you give homage where it is due? Behold the architectural ascendancy of the greatest cathedrals on Earth!

"Duomo" is the nickname for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. Architect Filippo Brunelleschi designed the cathedral's large marble dome, which was set in 1434. To reach the dome, you need to climb 463 steps of the 500-foot-length cathedral.

Also known as the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary, Cologne Cathedral is a 770-year cultural beacon for the west German city's 1.1 million residents. The cathedral has twin spires that ascend 515 feet high.

Construction of the Duomo di Milano began in 1386 and was completed in the 20th century. Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano is the organization that has supervised the cathedral's construction and upkeep since 1387.

The Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral​ in Paris was badly bruised during the French Wars of Religion and the French Revolution. An array of stonemasons and artists refurbished the historic church, which then survived an April 2019 fire that destroyed the building's roof and spire.

St. Paul's Cathedral has stood at that same address since 604 A.D; the Great Fire of London destroyed the first version. The current building was completed in 1710. Scientist and architect Christopher Wren announced plans for remodeling the destroyed building on August 5, 1666.

Notre Dame de Chartres was mostly constructed between 1194 and 1260. Nine master stonemasons rebuilt an earlier church that had been destroyed by fire. Of the three great cathedrals in France, Notre Dame de Chartres has the widest nave, measuring 53 feet from pillar to pillar.

Henry VIII severed ties with the Roman Catholic Church and instituted the Anglican order. Westminster Abbey, however, is not associated with a particular ecclesiastical order. In 1222, Westminster Abbey was made a non-jurisdictional papal peculiar.

English poet Geoffrey Chaucer recorded religious pilgrimages to Canterbury in "The Canterbury Tales." Canterbury Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican denomination. In 597, Pope Gregory the Great sent Augustine to convert England's pagan populace.

French monarchs Louis VII and Charles X were crowned at Reims Cathedral in 1223 and 1824, respectively. Religious visionary Joan of Arc's statue occupies the front of the Reims Cathedral. On July 17, 1429, she attended the coronation of Charles VII at the cathedral, after she helped liberate the city.

Philip of Spain married Queen Mary I at Winchester Cathedral in 1554. The English civil engineer responsible for the subway system in London, Francis Fox, rescued the damaged cathedral from severe flooding.

After an earthquake destroyed the original Lincoln Cathedral, Bishop Hugh started rebuilding it in 1192. The bishop is memorialized at Lincoln Cathedral by name; the oldest area of the building is called St. Hugh's Choir.

Moscow's Saint Basil's Cathedral sits in Moscow's Red Square and is comprised of nine separate churches. The cathedral's official name is "Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat." The Russian landmark also goes by the name "Pokrovsky Cathedral."

After William the Conqueror seized the region of York, he immediately destroyed the church at the cathedral's present site. Norman religious authorities built the Gothic cathedral thereafter.

Construction of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral began in 1147. A Gothic-styled nave was attached from 1304 to 1450. A Gothic tower and spire were completed​ in 1433. The starkly dissimilar architectural style of Hans Hollein's glassy and modern Haas House, situated next to the cathedral, continues to stir controversy.

It took 38 years for the Salisbury Cathedral to be completed. English landscape painters J.M.W. Turner and John Constable have illustrated the cathedral and its 404-foot spire, which is the tallest in the country.

The stone sculptures on the Western portals of Notre Dame d'Amiens are the building's main draw. The building is twice the size of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and is the largest cathedral in all of France.

Builders began working on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague in 1344 but construction was not completed until 1929. Czech painter Alphonse Mucha designed an Art Nouveau-style window for the Gothic cathedral in the early 1900s.

New York City's Saint John the Divine Cathedral is the world's fifth-largest church building. The structure's Portal of Paradise is the building's central entrance where you'll find its 3-ton bronze doors.

Waterlogged marshland surrounds the sturdy medieval Ely Cathedral, which boasts a lantern tower that weighs 200 tons. Construction for the holy place began in 1110. Ely's octagonal crossing replaced the Norman crossing tower, which collapsed on February 22, 1322.

The 14th-century Seville Cathedral is comprised of numerous chapels, including Royal Chapel and five naves. The building showcases a statue of patron saint Virgin de los Reyes, Our Lady of the Kings. The building also houses one of several tombs for Christopher Columbus.

President Theodore Roosevelt set the foundation stone of the Washington National Cathedral in 1907. Carved into the twin-towered ecclesiastical center are unusual gargoyles and grotesques, which are designed to keep rainwater from eroding the building. Assorted figurines, which act as rain spouts, include the likeness of unscrupulous politicians and Darth Vader of "Star Wars" fame.

Strasbourg Cathedral replaced an earlier building that was destroyed by fire in the 12th century. A 466-foot spire adorns the current cathedral, whose construction began in 1176 and was completed in 1439.

A 22-year-old Giles Gilbert Scott commenced designs for Liverpool's neo-Gothic Anglican Cathedral in 1902. The First and Second World Wars curbed initial design schemes for the structure, which was completed in 1978. Scott also designed England's iconic red phone booths.

The 14th-century Gothic Wells Cathedral is home to a 10th-century manuscript and an astronomical clock dating to the 16th century. The building's spire was dismantled in 1438 after it was struck by lightning.

Like its residence city, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is named for the king of France, Louis IX, who is the patron saint of the worship center and the city. A log cabin, built in 1770, was the city's first Catholic church.

The Gothic Burgos Cathedral of northern Spain is a Roman Catholic church that was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fifteenth-century limestone carvings adorn the cathedral's retro-choir.

The Romanesque Durham Cathedral of northeast England shares a landscape with a castle. Construction for the cathedral began in 1093 and took four decades to complete. The church contains the tomb of St. Cuthbert.

Christ Church Cathedral has served as a learning center at Oxford since the 12th century. Christ Church is the biggest of the 40 halls and colleges that comprise Oxford University.

After the grounds of the Norwich Cathedral were damaged during a riot in 1272, new cloisters were started in 1297 and weren't completed until 130 years later. The cathedral's foundation was laid in 1096.

For more than 1,000 years, France buried its kings at the Basilica of Saint-Denis, located in Saint-Denis, France. In the cathedral's basement, archaeologists have found foundation stones dating from the Middle Ages.

Present-day Coventry Cathedral replaces a prior building destroyed during a Second World War bombing raid. King Henry VIII destroyed the city's first cathedral, St. Mary's, in 1539.

Along the historic pilgrimage route in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, cafes and churches stamp the passports of pilgrims to prove that they have traversed at least 62 miles of the course. With the required proof, travelers earn a certificate of completion at the end of the trek.

Located in Zocalo Square, the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral was built starting in 1573 and was completed in 1813. Spain's Gothic cathedrals served as inspiration for this national cathedral of Mexico.

In the summer of 2010, Albi Cathedral, also known as Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gothic structure stands on a hill near Tarn River.

San Francisco's Grace Cathedral reflects architectural hints of medieval style. Every year, nearly half a million visitors witness the structure's stained-glass windows and high ceiling. Grace Cathedral is the third largest​ Episcopal cathedral in the United States.

Stonemasons replaced nearly 70 percent of Worcester Cathedral's facade between 1855 and 1870. The red sandstone cathedral is home to the remains of distinguished English notables, including King John.

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans was named after King Louis IX of France. Established in 1789, the building houses a statue of the French king and its stained glass windows contain images that illustrate his life.

The 12th-century Peterborough Cathedral is an example of Norman architecture. The building includes an embellished nave ceiling that was completed in the mid-13th century. The elaborate ceiling is one of four of its kind throughout Europe.

England's Southwell Minster stands in the town of Southwell, which has a population of approximately 7,500. The cathedral's design is a mix of Norman and Gothic architecture. Minster School is the town's largest building.

The relatively small Southwark Cathedral is located on London's south side. Like St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminister Abbey, Southwark was first a Catholic church before King Henry VIII severed ties with Rome in 1536.

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