Every Christian should be in some way or another be involved or attend a church. It’s not mandatory, but scripture tells us that being in fellowship with other Christians is good for the soul. Jesus also says that where two or more are present in worship, he is there. Jesus promised that he would build his church (Matthew 16:18), and we want to be part of his building work by participating in good local churches.
If you live in Georgia (like we do) you can find a church on nearly every corner. Especially in small towns like Calhoun, Georgia. We probably have more churches than businesses! However, not all peoples of the world have that luxury to find a place to worship and build fellowship. In someplace around the world, Christians have built churches in the most remote areas. From Ethiopia to the slopes of a volcano in Mexico, here are some of the coolest and most remote churches on Earth!
Abuna Yemata Guh – Ethiopia
It is situated at a height of 2,580 meters (8,460 ft) and has to be climbed on foot to reach! Imagine that trek… you’ll be grateful when you finally get to service. It is notable for its dome and wall paintings dating back to the 5th century and its architecture. Visitors have to cross a natural stone bridge with a sheer drop of approximately 250m on either side and thereafter a final narrow wooden footbridge. The faith is real in Ethiopia folks!
Here’s the view from up top! It would make a beautiful sunset evening surface view.
Yes. You have to WALK all the way up there!
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies Church) – Mexico
This is a beautiful 16th cathedral constructed by the Spanish on top of one of the world’s largest pyramids (Cholula). This archeological structure consists of several superimposed pyramids, accumulated over six centuries. The base is 450 m (1,480 ft) on each side and 54 m (177 ft) high, twice as large as that of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan (another large pyramid in Mexico) and four times bigger in volume than that of Keops in Egypt! We chose to add this one to the list because of its stunning scenery!
That’s the Popocatépetl Volcano. The second highest peak in Mexico. What a stunning view! Imagine getting out of the mass and seeing that as a sign from our creator! ????
Church of the Good Shepherd – New Zealand
Okay, this one is not that remote, but again.. the view! This is easily one of the most photographic friendly and most popular places to visit in NZ. It’s right off of Lake Tekapo, so the scenery is incredible. Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains, the Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God and as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country in New Zealand.
“Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives.” – Peter Hurricks.
Gergeti Trinity Church – Georgia
This is probably our favorite one and is definitely on our bucket list to go visit, pray, and reflect on God’s beautiful creation. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi.
The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area and can be reached by a steep 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.
There are thousands of churches around the world, if not millions. However, some truly do stand out from the others in terms of scenery and in many ways in a position for the revelation of the creation. Of course, all of these are on our bucket lists! However, we want to know which one of these would you visit first? We’ll end this article with the words that Jesus said again. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). God bless!