These Are The Most Breathtaking Church Ceilings In The World-- And We Almost Missed Them

07/12/2014 12:13 pm ET | Updated Jul 12, 2014

Don't forget to look up.

Sometimes you find the real treasures when looking at things from a different perspective. While plenty of churches have beautiful stained glass windows, fascinating gargoyles, and stunning works of art to distract your eye, simply raising your gaze heavenward can provide the most stunning view of all. The crick in your neck will be totally worth it.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

St. Michaels Church, Olomouc, Czech Republic

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, England

San Vitale Basilica, Ravenna, Italy

St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow, Poland

Salzburg Cathedral, Salzburg, Austria

Segovia Cathedral, Segovia, Spain

St. Stephens Cathedral, Budapest, Hungary

St. Andrea della Valle, Rome, Italy

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon, France

Saint Vincent de Paul, Marseille, France

Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Germany

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Albi Cathedral, Albi, France

York Minster Chapter House, York, England

Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta, Soncino, Italy

Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England

Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento, Guadalajara, Mexico
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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
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