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Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces

In honor of those celebrating Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture. See them in all their glory, after the break...

USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill © Balthazar KorabChurch of the Light / Tadao Ando © Naoya Fujii    Holy Redeemer Church / Menis ArquitectosSaint Martin Church / Jean Dorian  © Fabrice Fouillet+ 15

Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

After the break, an exploration of the different approaches for using light as a vehicle of symbolic meaning and spiritual experience in religious spaces.

Al-Irsyad Mosque, Indonesia. Architects: PT. Urbane Indonesia. Image © Emilio PhotoimaginationCathedral of Brasilia, Brazil. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Wikimedia CommonsCrystal Cathedral, USA. Architect: Philip Johnson. Image Courtesy of American SeatingChurch of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou+ 9

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Ibaraki-shi, Japan