5 Monumental Religious buildings in Africa

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1. Faith Tabernacle, Nigeria:

Faith Tabernacle is situated at Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. The facility has a capacity of 50,400 worshippers, and it is the largest church auditorium in the world in terms of capacity.

The gigantic facility, which was constructed within 12 months, has no visible pillars within, so the gigantic roofing stands suspended with an innovative design.

It covers about 70 hectares of land and was dedicated for public use in 1999.

2. The Yamoussoukro Basilica:

Also known as Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro Basilica, the Yamoussoukro Basilica is situated in the city of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire.

It was constructed with marbles imported from Italy, and it is endowed with 5,000 shades of glass imported from France.

The edifice, which was completed in 1989, is the world’s largest Christian church, at 158 metres high and with a capacity of 18,000 people in the interior and 300,000 in the yard, surpassing St Peter’s in the Vatican.

The church, which cost US $300 million was commissioned by Cote d’Ivoire’s former President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and has become a national pride and one of the most important Roman Catholic church buildings in Africa.

3. Monastery of Saint Anthony:

Situated in the ancient country of Egypt, the Monastery of Saint Anthony, built in the 4th century, is the oldest monastery in the world.

The monastery was founded by the followers of the first Christian Monk, Saint Anthony, who chose to dedicate his life to God at thirty-four.

The monastery has grown and increased in size over the years to include to the Church of St. Anthony, the Church of the Apostles, the Church of the Virgin, the New Church, the Fort, a guesthouse, a library, which houses an immense body of manuscripts, and a museum which chronicles the history of the site.

The monastery has over 100 resident monks; it is a tourist Centre, and a place of prayer and solitude.

4. The Nan Hua Temple:

The Nan Hua Temple, located in the bushveld town of Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa, is the African headquarters of the Fo Guang Shan, a Chinese Buddhist monastic order.

The architectural masterpiece covers 600 acres of land. It is the largest Buddhist temple and seminary in Africa.

The sanctuary was constructed in 1992, and it is a tourist centre for faithfuls.

It features three large Buddha statues known as the Triple Gem of Budha and a serene meditation centre.

5. The Great Mosque of Kairouan:

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, located in UNESCO World Heritage city of Kairouan, Tunisia, is one of the most significant mosques in the world. It was founded in 670, and is recognized as the oldest Islamic place of worship in Africa.

It was originally built as a place of weekly worship by Uqba ibn Nafi, and it has been rebuilt and transformed over the years. It was rebuilt twice in the 8th century. Prince Ziyadat Allah I tore down the mosque in the 9th century, and rebuilt it in more stable materials of stone, brick, and wood.

The mosque covers 10,800 square metres, and consists of a courtyard, prayer hall with 17 naves, a minibar, and a pool known as the Old Cistern.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan is an architectural wonder that combines a range of influences, including pre-Islam, Eastern Islamic, Umayyad, Byzantine, and Roman.

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