It’s crazy to think that a place of worship has existed in the same place for over a millennium. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is the oldest church in the world. It is located in Brazil and was built in the 17th century.
The most interesting thing about the Basilica is that it was built over a rock that many people believe to be the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. When the church began to be built, a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary was found in the same rock.
The Saint Philip Church in Otranto, Italy is not just the oldest church in the world, but it’s also the church where they keep the corpse of the patron saint of stonemasons. On top of this, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s also home to a crypt of the Hohenstaufen, a family of German kings. What makes this church so unique that it has so many things to offer? What’s so special about this church that makes it one of the most famous churches in the world?