There are 7 churches in Antarctica!


Because if you’re stuck in the middle of a wintery hell, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time praying.

The Worldwide Antarctic Program has built seven buildings that can be used for religious worship services on the continent. These buildings are mainly for Christian worship, but the Chapel of the Snows can be and has been used for Buddhist and Bahai ceremonies. There is also talk of building a Catholic chapel at Mario Zucchellio Station, Terra Nova Bay.

There are also a couple churches situated on islands south of the Antarctic Convergence and north of the 60 S latitude (and thus not part of the continent). These include the Notre-Dame des Vents on the island of Kerguelen (population 70 in the winter, 110 in the summer) and the Norweigian Lutheran Church on the island of South Georgia (population 30).






West Antarctica is among the fastest growing areas in the world

The icy continent today would be unrecognisable to observers from the 20th century. Its northern peninsula is now home to a multitude of towns and conurbations, with a total population numbering in the millions.

Melting of surface ice has resulted in conditions appropriate for large-scale human settlement.* Even farming and crop growing is now possible in some of the most northerly areas. Air temperatures in the polar regions have increased more than anywhere else in the world, meaning that parts of Antarctica are now comparable with the climates of Alaska, Iceland and northern Scandinavia.

Huge levels of immigration are now underway from countries all over the world that have been affected by climate change, creating a diverse mixture of people and cultures flocking to this new land of opportunity. In some ways, the settlement of Antarctica is similar to that of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The highest density cities are becoming cultural “melting pots” similar to New York and London.