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1. LEGO Church (Netherlands)
If you are looking for modular ecclesiology, visit this temporary structure in the Netherlands. It's built not out of LEGO bricks, but Legioblocks — concrete blocks made to resemble LEGO bricks. Michiel de Wit and Filip Jonker erected it for the Grenswerk Festival in the city of Enschede.
2. Organic Church (Italy)
Located on the outskirts of Bergamo, at the foot of Monte Arena, the Tree cathedral, created by Italian artist Giuliano Mauri, is one of the world's most impressive examples of organic architecture. In 2001, his love for nature inspired him to draw up the plans for a project that took his art to a whole new level and left the people of Bergamo stunned – a cathedral made only of trees. Unfortunately, Mauri died unexpectedly in 2009 and never got to see his grand plan come to life, but as an homage to his life's work, the project was initiated in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity.
The frame of the tree cathedral consists of 42 columns made with fir trunks, with branches of chestnuts and hazelnuts forming support structures around the young trees. With time, they will grow stronger and the wooden structures will slowly deteriorate, offering a seamless transition from a man-made structure to a completely natural creation. Right now the 6,000 meters of supporting branches around the 1,800 fir trees are held together with nails and string, but as the beeches grow, they will wither away and eventually be dismantled.
3. Bone Church (Czech Republic)
The Sedlec Ossuary is nothing spectacular on the outside. It is a small chapel located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic. You would think that it is just an average old medieval gothic church. As you enter the Sedlec Ossuary though, you will soon realize why it is one of the most amazing and unique churches in the world: it is artistically decorated by more than 40,000 human skeletons. Thus, it is also known as the Church of Bones, or as the Bone Church.
One of the most fascinating artistic works inside the Sedlec Ossuary is the big chandelier of bones that lies in the center of the church. The immense chandelier contains at least one of every human bone.