I’ve never been big on big things. My eyes just glaze over when I’m on a tour of some landmark and they start talking feet and how much a tower weighs and the exact height of a groin vault.
But I know others find these numbers interesting, and I recently discovered that there is a lot of rivalry as to which are the largest cathedrals in the world. The tallest? The longest? The most square feet?
So just for fun I put together a list based on what I could glean from various sources according to square feet. See what you think, and let me know in the comments what number 15 might be to round things off!
The Seville Cathedral
|1.||Cathedral of St. Mary of the Chair, Seville||128,570||601|
|2.||Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York||121,000||601|
|3.||Cathedral of the Nativity of Mary, Milan||107,000||500|
|4.||Christ Cathedral, Liverpool||104,275||619|
|5.||Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary, Cologne||91,464||511|
|6.||Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul, Washington*||75,000||534|
|7.||Cathedral of Our Lady (Notre Dame), Amiens||71,208||521|
|8.||Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), Istanbul**||70,000||350|
|9.||Cathedral of Our Lady (Notre Dame), Chartres||68,260||507|
|10.||Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles||65,000||333|
|11.||Cathedral of Our Lady (Notre Dame), Paris||64,108||390|
|12.||Cathedral of St. Peter (York Minster), York||63,300||486|
|13.||St. Paul’s Cathedral, London||59,700||460|
|14.||St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York||57,768||332|
* Also called the Washington National Cathedral
** From 532 to 1453 CE, now a museum