We pick the ornate church at the Stift Melk ( Melk Abbey) in Austria's enchanting wine country along the Danube as the prettiest church in the world. Sadly, the photos just can not do it justice, as it is yet another one of those places that must be experienced in person. One learns so much about history through churches and religious buildings. They are meant to humble you and they do!
Some call this abbey the world's finest example of Baroque architecture and it is the most visited site in Austria. Many see it by cruise and bus tour with large crowds of people, but we were very fortunate to see it ( including the extraordinary library, marble hall and church) totally alone to really relish the experience.( See our earlier tips on avoiding crowds in high season). After seeing as much as we have, we do not impress that easily, but this church took our breath away!
Thus we were quite surprised that this church was the prettiest in our eyes, although it is hard to say as all are special in their own way. It was all so golden! The money behind church's always amazes me. I'm not even including the stunning mosques that we have seen like the Blue Mosque or other religious buildings in this list. What are your favorite churches and what do you think is the most beautiful?