Churches are known for their unique beauty and impressive architectural mastery. No matter your belief, these holy places of worship are incredible pieces of architecture and historical significance.
Surprisingly the most stunning churches in the continent are found in the northernmost region which is predominantly Muslim.
We look at some of the Most Beautiful Churches in Africa as of 2017:
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace or in French: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix was constructed from 1985 to 1989. It reportedly cost between US$175 – 600 million. The design was inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City. It is, by many accounts, the world’s largest church and was also listed in the Guinness World Records.
Dutch Reformed Church (Grotekerk), Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
This stunning Dutch Reformed Church is in the Eastern Cape Province city of Graaff-Reinet. On the 12th April 1886 the foundation stone was laid for the fourth and existing church which is Gothic Revival. It is based on the lines of Salisbury Cathedral in England with the inaugural sermon delivered on the 11th September 1887. The stone for this church was obtained locally. The church can seat up to 1,250 people and has a steeple of 45.72 metres. It also boasts a chimney, an unusual feature for a church. The church is one of the historic landmarks in Graaff Reinet.