Architecture of Religion: 5 Best Buildings of Worship

Architizer's round up of the five best religious building.

Voting for Architizer's A+ Public Choice Winners is plowing ahead across categories! Today we’re throwing the spotlight on contemporary religious buildings. Since the dawn of the built environment, structures reserved for religious functions have shaped the development of architecture. From the Egyptian temples at Luxor to Gothic cathedrals, religious structures have dominated the list of canonical buildings. Our five contemporary finalists below range from woodland chapels to ritual bathing facilities, all united in their supporting role for religious worship.

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Pascal Arquitectos
Mexico City, Mexico

De La Piedra Chapel
Nómena Arquitectos

Capilla del Lago
Di Vece Arquitectos
Zamora, Mexico

Garden Mausoleum at Lakewood Cemetery
HGA Architects
Minneapolis, United States


Z-A Studio
New York, United States

Hariri Memorial Garden

Grand Serail, Lebanon

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Leo A Daly
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Patio 29 Memorial

Santiago, Chile

Canadian Figherfighters Memorial

PLANT Architect
Ottawa, Canada

Cemetery Marker

Kariouk Associates

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