I am trying to identify the buildings in this picture.

The one on the top left is in Vatican City, and the rest are also Catholic related but I'm not sure where they are.

All the pictures are from a postcard.

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They are the Four Papal Basilicas in Rome:

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    Aaaah Rome. Doesn't get any better.
    – JoErNanO
    Jun 3, 2016 at 10:33
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    Thanks a lot Brendan. I must admit I did not expect to get an answer. The pictures are from the four corners of a marriage cert. Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is the least accurately drawn. I guess some artistic license.
    – Jim Mak
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:22
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    The thing with The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls is that most photos online are from a different side of the building - usually from the courtyard on the west side. But the drawing here is showing the North side - here's a Google Maps view of the same side- matches the drawing pretty well: goo.gl/maps/ujmP7wzfGHk - I've also updated the photo in the answer and added explanation.
    – BrendanMcK
    Jun 3, 2016 at 19:54
  • I see you can give the 'best answer' tick to an answer. This answer cannot be improved on!, so it must get the tick. Thanks again.
    – Jim Mak
    Jun 3, 2016 at 23:31

The specific names have already been mentioned, but those are the four "major" basilicas of Rome.

Often devoted pilgrims will make it a point to visit all 4 on a trip to Rome. (This is especially true during a "holy year" in which each of those basilicas has a special door that is only open during those events.)

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