Religion in the United Kingdom

Religion in the United Kingdom
UK religious tourist attractions including the most popular Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral prove huge draw for tourists.

The United Kingdom, like many other places has a massive mix of all religions and places of worships. The styles, designs, experiences, and beliefs are truly magical in their own way and leave you wanting more. These are some of the most notable religions places and views that are greatly becoming a part of everyday life in the United Kingdom.

Buddhism was introduced into the United Kingdom during the 1950s as people were interested in Zen Buddhism. The Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibentan centre was founded in 1967 in Eskdalemuir in Scotland. It is the 2nd largest centre for Tibetan Buddhism in Western Europe. Another centre to see is the Geshe Kelsang Gyatso built in the 1970s and is claimed to be the 'mother centre' of Kadampa Buddhism.

Like many other places this is the dominant religion of the United Kingdom. There are quite a number of Christian sites that hold spectacular experiences for everyone. Westminster Abbey is a site that is known by many, but not many people know that the Westminster Abbey is actually used to coronate the British Monarchs. The structural design of this building is both elegant and captivating. If you have a chance to view this structure, take a look at every detail of the building. You would be surprised by the incredible design of this structure.

There are thought to be around 1.5 million Hindus living in the United Kingdom. However, half of these live in London. The main temple is in London, and it is called the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir which is also known as Neasden Temple. According to the Guiness World Book of Records (2000 version), it is the largest Hindu temple that is located outside of India. No expense was spared in the construction of this temple as Italian marble, Bulgarian limestone, and a team of more than 1000 sculptors were employed to build this temple.

Islam was not truly represented in the United Kingdom until the early 1800’s, but is still growing at a very steady pace over the years. If you are in the United Kingdom and truly want to get a taste of the Islamic faith and creation, the Sha Jahan Mosque is definitely the site to visit. This mosque is one of the oldest and most incredible structures that were created within the Islamic community. This structure is fascinating, not only because of the religion surrounding it, but because of its beauty. Some have said that it even resembles the proportions of a castle.

Judaism is a rich culture set in the United Kingdom. It dates all the way back to the late 1700’s and is still thriving today. Singers Hill Synagogue found in Birmingham, England, is truly a creative structure to not only gaze upon, but also venture in. You will be amazed by the rich Jewish detail found within the synagogue and the delicate structures that are found outside as well.

This religion is slow moving throughout the United Kingdom, but it does have many followers. Many of the churches formed by the Pentecostal were created by immigrants. Kensington Temple is one of the first starters of the Pentecostal religion and this temple, itself, is truly a remarkable site. The craftsmanship, the architecture, and the surroundings are incredible.

These are the dominant religions in the United Kingdom and each of these religions holds something new and exciting. Each has its own way of expression and the monuments for each religion are like nothing you have ever seen before. With many religions being so rich in the United Kingdom, you are bound to discover many different ideals and awaken new senses as well.