Italy and Spain are two of the most religious countries in the world. Their rich and long history can be seen through their religious architectures, buildings and structures. More specifically, Italy and Spain has some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world. Not surprising since Italy’s capital, Rome is the heart of Roman Catholicism and since the Spanish Inquisition, Spain has become a stronghold for Catholicism.
I was born and raised as a Catholic and therefore have always looked forward to visiting Italy and Spain’s historical churches and the Vatican City itself. For most religious countries, religion is not just a religion. It’s a way of life. It’s part of their culture. Something that I am very familiar with growing up. That’s why it was truly quite an experience, finding myself standing in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, saying a prayer inside the Pantheon and observing mass in Montserrat.
More often than not, visiting these religious landmarks have been part of Italy and Spain’s travel itineraries even if you’re not religious at all. A glimpse of their fine architecture is more than enough reason to visit the churches of Italy and Spain.
Here are some of my favorite snapshots of Italy and Spain’s beautiful churches:
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
The Pantheon, Rome
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Montserrat
Almudena Cathedral, Royal Church, Madrid