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Largest Temples in the World

There are many religions on earth and they worship their believed Gods. hundred thousands of temples in the world, some of them are largest which situated in popular places and also a popular destination. Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and many religions built temples according to their needs.

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is the largest temple complex in the world, situated at Angkor in Cambodia, and this temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century. This is the largest temple in the world, lies in a large space of land surrounded by a water tank. The outer wall of the temple is 3.6 kilometers long and the temple is in the classical style of Khmer architecture. This is the main attraction in the country. The temple has become a symbol of Cambodia and appears on its National Flag, also One of the Historical Wonders of the World.

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Karnak temple complex is the second largest temple in the World after Angkor Wat, situated in Egypt and one of the few most visited places in Egypt. Karnak comprises several temples, water tanks, and statues. This is the extremely old temple built in the age of the Ptolemaic period. The Hypostyle Hall in Karnak complex is a famous site, the Hall is of 5,000 Square meters, 134 massive columns sets in 16 rows. The Elevation of the 122 columns is 10 meters tall and other columns are 21 meters tall with a diameter of over three meters. It also has one of the biggest obelisks weighing 328 tonnes and standing about 29 meters tall.

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This one of the largest temples, situated in Magelang, Central Java in Indonesia built in the 9th century. The monument is a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist Pilgrimage, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Temple Contains 6 square platforms exceeded by the three-round platforms and is beautified with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues, and the main dome which is located at the center of the top platform is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated. This temple took about 75 years to complete construction in the 9th century. The total surface area is roughly 2,500 square meters.

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Akshardham Temple

Akshardham is one of the largest Hindu Temple, situated in Delhi in India, officially opened in 2005. It stands on the banks of the Yamuna River and has large complex land with gardens and Monuments, the main monuments 43 meters high, 96 meters wide, and 110 meters long. This also consists of 20,000 murtis, 234 ornately carved pillars, statues of devotees and sadhus.

Akshardham Temple
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Sri Ranganathaswamy

This Temple has one of the world’s largest complex areas of 156 acres, situated in Srirangam in Tiruchirapalli District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Ranganatha (Vishnu), the temple inserted by 7 homocentric walls with a total length of over 6 miles and has 21 gopurams (temple tower), 39 pavilions, 50 shrines, and a hall of 1000 pillars.


This is the Buddhist Temple built by King Mahasena in the 3rd century AD and worked 15 years to complete, situated in Anuradhapura city in Sri Lanka, it is also the third tallest structure in the ancient world after the Pyramid of Giza. The structure foundation is 8.5 meters deep, around 93 million baked bricks used each weighs 166 kg. The height of the temple is 122 meters, the diameter of the dome is approximately 95 meters.

Tikal (Temple IV)

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of the Mayan Civilization, located in Guatemala in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tikal is the city of the Mayan Civilization there are many temples like this, but the 4th one is large and most crucial which is built in 741 AD and It stands 64.6 meters tall from its backing platform. The Temple IV in Tikal is the largest temple built by the Maya civilization. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Brihadeeswarar Temple

Brihadeeshwara Temple also called Peruvudaiyaar Temple is the largest temple in India and has great ancient architecture in India. This temple is situated at Thanjavur in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The entire temple is made out of granite stones and is also the world’s first complete granite temple. The temple’s main tower height is 66 meters and the statue Nandi which is carved out of a single rock is about 16 ft long and 13 ft tall. This Temple was built by Raja Raja Chola in 1010 AD. The temple asserted a staff of 600 people in several capacities.

Temple of Bacchus

This Temple is dedicated to the Bacchus (Roman god), situated at Baalbek in Lebanon. The Temple was built in 150 AD; it is 66 meters long, 35 meters wide, and 31 meters high, it has 42 Pillars or Corinthian Columns. It is one of the oldest structures and great monuments to date.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

This is the Hindu temple located on the side of the river Vaigai in Madurai of Tamil Nadu state. The Meenakshi temple is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati. The Temple stands at a height of 51.9 meters (The tallest Gopuram), it attracts millions of visitors in the year. This temple is one of the most visited places in India and one of the largest temples in India. This temple was built from 1623 to 1655 CE, it was on the list of the top 30 nominees of the new wonder of the world.

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