07/12/2014 12:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City



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