Ayodhya Ram Mandir's Rs 18000 Cr. Cost Compared To World's Most Expensive Religious Sites Ever Built

A look at the cost of Ayodhya Ram Mandir compared to some of the most expensive religious sites ever built across the globe.


By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:


Ayodhya Ram Mandir's Rs 18000 Cr. Cost Compared To World's Most Expensive Religious Sites Ever Built

January 22, 2024, is a historic day in India's history as on this day, the 14th Prime Minister Of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the much-awaited Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Spanning 161 feet tall with a vast area of 28,000 square feet, Ram Temple stands tall at Lord Ram's birthplace, Ayodhya. For the unversed, Ayodhya Ram Mandir is India's largest temple and was constructed by the Sompura Family, who has a long history of building many iconic temples across the country.

Due to its cultural diversity, India has a lot of religious sites, but Ayodhya Ram Mandir is undoubtedly going to be a must-visit place for every Hindu across the world. Just like Ayodhya Ram Mandir, there are many famous religious sites across the world. For the uninitiated, religious sites have been an integral part of every community's culture. Over the years, many religious buildings have been made in different parts of the world. However, there are a few religious sites that have been standing tall for some decades now.

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Every community works on the constructional health of their religious sites from one generation to another as they serve an essential part of their culture. There are numerous religious sites across the world, and today we are going to talk about the most expensive buildings ever made. Not only this, we will also dive deep into the amount of money spent on the construction of Ayodhya Ram Mandir and will be comparing it to the cost of the world's most expensive religious sites. So, without further ado, let's get started!

#1. The Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida in Brazil

After Vatican City, Brazil has the most number of churches in the world, but it is the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, which holds a major place in their history. As per multiple reports, it is spread across an area of 12,000 sq.m and was built in 1995. Considered as one of the most sacred places for Catholics around the world, the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida was built in an estimated sum of 50,000,000 million USD.

#2. Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda is considered as one of the most remarkable religious sites ever built on earth. The fact that it is entirely covered in gold makes it a famous tourist destination too. The Shwedagon Pagoda holds a special place in the hearts of Buddhists. According to multiple reports on the internet, Myanmar's famous Shwedagon Pagoda is built at a cost of 3 billion dollars.

#3. Wat Rong Khun in Thailand

Wat Rong Khun is also known as the 'White Temple' and is located in Thailand. The religious site is one of the most attractive sites on the list, as its architecture is followed by modern construction. In 1996, around 22 million dollars were spent to build this iconic Buddhist temple.

#4. Hagia Sofia Grand Mosque in Turkey

It's impossible not to talk about Turkey's iconic Hagia Sofia Grand Mosque when we are talking about some of the most expensive religious sites ever built. If the reports are to be believed, the reported cost of the structure is around 35 million dollars. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that Hagia Sofia was converted from church to mosque, to museum and then to mosque again.

#5. St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Considered as the most valuable Catholic church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica's cost is around the estimated sum of 1 billion dollars. For the unversed, St. Peter's Basilica is traditionally the burial site of its titular, St. Peter, who was the head of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. Apart from holding such a massive status in Christianity, St. Peter's Basilica has been an iconic tourist destination for some decades.

#6. Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Apart from being one of the most expensive religious sites in the world, Combodia's iconic Angkor Wat temple is also among the biggest temples in the world. As per multiple sources, it was built back in the 14th and 15th centuries and is among some of the earliest Hindu temples ever. If the reports are to be believed, the estimated cost of Angkor Wat is around the whopping sum of 50 million dollars.

#7. La Sagrada Familia in Spain

Spain is considered as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From its culture to incredible tourist destinations, Spain is probably on every traveller's bucket list. One such destination that needs no introduction is La Sagrada Familia church, which is the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world. The construction is still in works, which is why it's impossible to give a correct number. However, as per multiple unidentified sources on the internet, the cost of La Sagrada Familia is more than 2 billion dollars for sure.

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#8. Harmandir Sahib in India

India is the home of so many religious sites, but Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, holds a special place in the hearts of Sikhs. The temple is located in Punjab, India. Talking about its staggering cost, it is believed that the Golden Temple's monetary worth is around 2 billion dollars. For the unversed, 162 kgs of gold was used to build Harmandir Sahib, which cost approximately 1.5 billion dollars.

#9. Ayodhya Ram Mandir in India

Ayodhya Ram Mandir is located in Uttar Pradesh, India and is spread across 28,000 square feet of area. If the reports are to be believed, Ram Mandir is reportedly built at a cost of Rs. 18,000 crores, which is around 2.16 billion USD. However, there are so many ifs and buts about the final cost of Ayodhya Ram Mandir, as it will probably be revealed in the coming years. So many people sacrificed their lives, many protests were done in the past, and after waiting for decades, the Hindu community finally got the Ram Mandir in 2024.

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#10. Masjid Al-Haram in Saudi Arabia

Currently, Masjid Al-Haram is the most expensive religious site in the world. The sacred mosque is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and non-Muslims aren't allowed there. According to a report in the Telegraph, Masjid Al-Haram was built at a cost of 100 billion dollars. The mosque is spread across 356,800 sq.m, and it is not just the most expensive religious site but also the most expensive building in the world.

What are your thoughts on these super-expensive religious sites compared to Ayodhya Ram Mandir's cost? Let us know.

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