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Real Clear Religion picks the ugliest church in the world

Real Clear Religion picks the ugliest church in the world

Nicholas G. Hahn, deputy editor of Real Clear Religion offers his picks for the ugliest churches in the world in this slideshow. There are some doozies. Do you have other nominations?


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Hmm . I see the author is a right wing RC who used to work for Donald Rumsfeld and seems to think the American bishops are just too darned liberal. I suspect that this “ugly church” thing is more about reactionary ideology as it is aesthetics – or, rather, a conflation of ideology and aesthetics in which all Right Thinking Christians love only traditional architecture and anyone who likes certain schools of 20th century religious architecture is a Modernist Heretic.

Bill Dilworth


Almost as bitchy as the Bad Vestments blog.

I agree that some of those houses of worship were quite ugly. One seemed rather ordinary (Church by the Sea). Others, I thought, were beautiful. I imagine that most of them, ugly or not, are loved by those who attend them.

Bill Dilworth


You get the feeling that the author never saw a Pseudo-Gothic he didn’t adore (and there *are* Neo-Gothic FAILs out there!).

JC Fisher

Rob Michaels

Some are clunkers, but others imaginative uses of native materials & cultural preferences


I agree with JC Fisher above. It’s not the churches in this slideshow that are ugly, but the attitude toward them. OK, there are a couple of clunkers, architecturally speaking, but many of them seem to have been chosen simply because they serve as rich targets for the author’s snark.

John Banks

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