Bulgaria's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The Alexander Nevsky Church in Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world. Construction began in 1882 but wasn't completed until 1912. The cathedral holds up to 10k people. Contributor Mariqllz used a DJI drone to create this amazing aerial view of the cathedral, which is the largest tourist attraction in the country. It was built in memorial to the soliders killed in the Russian-Turkish war which freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.
Top contributor Volovisione created this marvelous drone video of the largest church in Italy. The Duomo (Cathedral) of Milan is one of the most well-known sites in this magnificent and industrious city, the capital of the Lombardy region and the second largest city in Italy. Built over six centuries, it's the third largest church in all of Europe and the fourth largest in the world. The Duomo was finally completed in 1805, and was the venue for Napoleon Bonaparte to declare himself King of Italy.
Hungary's Esztergom Cathedral
Behold this stunning drone video of the great Esztergom Cathedral, one of the great cultural treasures of Hungary and indeed of Central Europe. It's in the city of the same name, which lies a short distance north of the Hungarian capital city Budapest. Esztergom is arguably the cultural center of Hungary, and served as the capital of a medieval predecessor of modern Hungary. Built on the banks of the mighty Danube River in the mid-19th century, the cathedral is the largest church in Hungary.
Rome: St. Peter's Basilica
Brandonclark brings us this short but epic aerial of Vatican City, an enclave in the heart of Rome, Italy. The city is dominated by the massive St. Peter's Basilica, which opens up onto Vatican Square. Vatican City is the home of the top leadership of the Catholic Church, and is one of the most recognized sights inthe world. Famously, Vatican City was the filming location for an extended scene in the 2006 thriller Mission: Impossible III although portions of the scene were filmed in Siena.
The Dubrovnik Cathedral is one of the best known sites in Dubrovnik, the highly photogenic city on Croatia's Damlation Coast. The present structure was completed in the early 17th century on the site of several earlier versions. The cathedral is distinguished by statues of St. Blaise which are built into the spaces between the four columns of the facade. The distinctive design was the product of some of the most famous architects in Italy who were hired for the project.
The Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin, aka the Berlin Dom, is one of the most recognized sites in the German capital city. It was built in 1905, when Berlin was at the peak of its imperial splendor under Kaiser Wilhelm II. In this video, content creator Raf Neo used a DJI MAvic Pro drone to create an aerial tour of this amazing structure in the Museum Island area of the city, which was in the Western sector and surrounded by the Berlin Wall for decades.
Regensburg is the fourth largest city in Bavaria, Germany's southernmost state. It's most prominent landmark is the Regensburg Cathedral, a 16th century structure in the old city center on the Danube River. The cathedral escaped serious damage from a famous (and ultimately unsuccessful) Allied strategic bombing raid on Regensburg's aircraft factory in August, 1943, during the height of World War II. Contributor Minglam created this amazing drone video of the architectural marvel.
Budapest's St. Stephens Basilica
Contributor Raf Neo used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this stunning tour of the highlights of the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. The video opens and closes with spectacular shots of the St. Stephens Basilica, Hungary's greatest cultural treasure. It is named after the first Hungarian king who ruled during the 10th and 11th centuries and is credited with converting his people to Christianity. The church was completed in 1905 on the site of an old theater.
Barcelona's Sagrada Familia
For a longer aerial tour of the great Catalan city Barcelona, this video by Martigen is for you. It features extensive aerial footage of the city's Basilica otherwise known as Sagrada Familia, one of the most well known churches in the world despite being unfinished. Construction on this masterpiece began in 1882, but for various reasons (including the Spanish Civil War) it is only now nearing completion, at which point it will be Europe's tallest religious structure.
The Treasured Cathedral of Marseille
Contributor CHDTNBN created this beautiful drone video of the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, one of the most well known landmark in the largest city of Southern France. It was constructed in the mid-19th century, on the ruins of a church on the same site which had dated to the 12th century. The port city of Marseille is the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône district. It is the second largest city proper in France, and as a metropolitan area it's third after Paris and Lyon.
Colombia's Las Lajas Sanctuary
If you find yourself adventuring through the southwest canyon in Colombia where the Guitara River flows below, and happen upon the basilica known as, Las Lajas Sanctuary — brace yourself for complete awe. Contributor la.drones shares stunning aerial footage of this architectural wonder in its natural habitat in this drone video. It was inspired by two women who saw an image of the Virgin in 1754, but wasn't completed for 200 years. It is considered one of the finest churches in the world.
Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral
Cenk Kaya created this beautiful drone video of Paris, the City of Light. The video captures some of the most widely recognized spots in the French capital city. The highlight is a top-down sequence over the Notre-Dame de Paris, aka Notre Dame Cathedral, which begins at about the :30 mark. The 14th century medieval church is considered amongst the world's finest examples of Gothic style architecture. It's situated on the Île de la Cité, the Seine River island where the city of Paris was founded.
The Mighty Cathedral of Cologne
Contributor Yekalay used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial tour of Cologne, the most populous city in Germany's Rhineland region and the home of one of the world's most famous cathedrals. The city is situated on the middle Rhine River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, between Dusseldorf and Bonn . With its massive industrial base, Cologne was one of the biggest targets of Allied bombing in World War II; the Cathedral was hit 14 times and required extensive postwar repair.
Ta Pinu Gozo: Malta's Greatest Church
One of the most spectacular sights on the northern Malta island of Gozo is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu. The basilica and adjacent shrine is situated on a hill overlooking the town of Gharb, on the northwestern coast of Malta's second (northern) main island. Considered one of Malta's great cultural treasurers, the basiica was the site of a mass celebration by Pope John Paul II in 1990. The church was consecrated in 1932 on the site of an earlier structure.
Lake Bled's Famous Church
Bled's Lake is in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. It takes less than an hour to drive there from the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The church featured in this 4K aerial piece by Alberto Ardit is Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja or the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. It is reached only by boat and has been there since the 9th century (although its current form has only been around since the late 17th century). It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia.
Vienna's St. Charles Church
The Austrian capital city of Vienna is known in part for its Baroque architecture. It's no surprise then that in this Catholic country, some of the most prominent Baroque style buildings in the city are churches. In this drone video by contributor W. Obreder, you'll get a bird's eye view of the most famous of these churches. Rektoratskirche (St. Charles Church) was commissioned in 1713 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. It was completed over two decades later, in 1737.
Sacré-Cœur: Treasure of Paris
Sphereview created this stunning drone video of Sacré-Cœur, one of the most famous churches in Paris. The construction of the basilica was completed in 1914, on the eve of World War I, having been started nearly four decades earlier. It sits atop Montmartre hill in the 18th arrondissement. Its conception was partially tied to the wave of repentance which swept France following its defeat by Germany in the Franco Prussian War of 1870 and the ensuing civil war sparked by the Paris Commune.
Kiev's Saint Sophia Cathedral
One of the important distinctions between Ukrainian and Russian cultures is religion; whereas Russia is primarily Eastern Orthodox, Ukraine is predominantly Catholic. Not surprisingly, the cathedrals which dot the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev are some of its most prominent landmarks. In this video, contributor Alp Karagulle uses a drone to give us an aerial tour of the Cathedrals of Kiev, including the magnificent Saint Sophia's Cathedral. It's considered one of the great churches of Eastern Europe.
Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral
For an awesome one minute tour of the Central European cultural gem known as Prague, check out this incredible drone video by JustinPoore. It starts with a shot looking over the Charles River along the Charles Bridge. As you look over the river, you'll see the mighty hilltop Prague Castle in the background. From there it's on to the Old Town, and some epic views of the St. Vitus Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and one of the most famous churches in the world.
Pilgrimage Church in the Czech Republic
Contributor Ludoweet created this stunning video of Pilgrimage Church in the Czech Republic. Formally known as Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk, it is situated at the edge of Žďár nad Sázavou, near the historical border between the regions of Moravia and Bohemia in the central part of the country. He used a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone to create a magnificent bird's eye view of this landmark, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.
Lavia's Church of St. Meinhard
The town of Ikskile lies in the center of the Baltic republic of Latvia on the Daugava River. The most important historical and cultural landmark in the town is the Church of St. Meinhard, which was constructed in the 12th century. In this video, contributor Jurgis Kreilis give us an aerial tour of the structure, which now sits on an island which was created by the reservoir of a hydroelectric plant constructed several decades ago during the Soviet era.
Riga's St. Peter's Church
Contributor Reinis Vilnus created this beautiful one-shot video of one of the most well known churches in Eastern Europe. It's the St. Peter's Church in the Latvian capital of Riga. While it's a Lutheran Church, its construction pre-dates the Reformation. Originally built in the 13th century, the church was destroyed in 1941 during the early days of Operation Barabarossa, the invasion by Nazi Germany of the (then) USSR. It was meticulously reconstucted after the war, a process which took decades to complete.
Poland's Massive Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń
Contributor Dronujemy created this magnificent drone video of one of the newest landmarks in Poland. The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń is a massive Catholic church built in the village of Licheń Stary in central Poland. Completed in 2004, it's the largest church structure in Poland, a country which is known in part for its churches. The church, which is about an hour's drive east of Posnan, was built to accommodate the Virgin Mary icon which attracts over a million visitors per year.
The Philippines is home to one of the world's largest populations of practicing Catholics. It's not surprising then that the Manila Cathedral is one of the top sights on the island of Luzon if not the entire country. The current structure was completed in 1958 on a site that had been used for seven previous cathedrals. It's located in the Intramuros (walled city) of old Manila. In this video, contributor and drone pilot Ventronics captured the beautiful church by drone.
England's Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral appears near the top of many of the most authoritative lists of the world's most famous churches. It's located in the town of the same name in Wiltshire County in Southwest England. Built in the 13th century, its spire stands 123 meters (just over 400 ft.) above the Salisbury Plain, the tallest church in the United Kingdom. The cathedral houses one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. Heitor Pereira used a DJI Spark drone to bring us this aerial view of the famous cathedral.
Melbourne's St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fade2Gray created this beautiful drone video of St. Patricks Cathedral in Melbourne, one of the most important Catholic churches in Australia. Designed in the 1850's, the church took decades to build, and although substantially completed it was delayed by the depression which hit Australia in the 1890's. Finally completed in 1939, it was one of the two largest Catholic churches substantially completed in the 19th century, the other being the great church of the same name in New York City.
St. Andrew's Church, Kiev
St. Andrews Church is one of the most important in Kiev, a city known in part for its churches and monasteries. It was constructed atop a prominent hill in the middle of the 18th century. The church commemorates St. Andrew, who is alleged to have visited the site of the city on the Dneiper River in the first century AD. It continued to hold services even during the worst period of Stalinist religious repression in the 1930's. Today the church is considered one of the top 2-3 tourist spots in the city.
The Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille
Princehamlet created this beautiful drone video of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the most well known landmark in the southern French city of Marseille. Built on a rocky outcrop, it has a commanding view of the country's second largest city (third largest metro area). The cathedral was consecrated in 1864 but not finished for another decade. The cathedral is the site of an Assumption Day pilgrimmage, and is the most visited site in this Mediterranean port city.
Ecuador's Basilica del Voto Nacional
One of the most prominent sights in Ecuador's capital city Quito is the twin-spired Basilica del Voto Nacional. Situated in the city's old town, the cathedral was built in the late 1800's to commemorate Ecuador's adherence to the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Devotion. Contributor Drones_Creativity_ec created this epic drone video of this landmark, the largest Neo-Gothic basilica in the Western Hemisphere and one of the world's most well known churches.
The Dresden Cathedral
Take in this aerial view of the Dresden Cathedral, compliments of DW-Travel. It's one of the most beautiful churches in Europe as well as one of the most powerful symbols of the 20th destruction visited by and upon Germany. In February, 1945, near the end of World War II, Dresden was nearly destroyed in a still-controversial Allied firebombing attack. The bombing, immortalized in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five (1969), inflicted significant damage to the cathedral and killed at least 25,000 civilians.