• Israel Ministry of Tourism

    Sacred Places

    Our list of 10 sacred places highlights points of perceived power and peace around the globe where the physical world appears to meld seamlessly with the metaphysical.

  • Jerome Richard

    Sacred Places - Angkor, Cambodia

    Visitors to Angkor, Cambodia, flock primarily to Angkor Wat, the area’s most famous temple, erected in the early 12th century to honor Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation and peace.

  • Jerome Richard

    Sacred Places - Chichén Itzá, Mexico

    Visit Chichén Itzá, on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, on the spring or fall equinox to witness a unique phenomenon: The Mayan serpent god Kukulkan slithering along the side of the El Castillo pyramid.

  • Stephanie Johnnidis

    Sacred Places - Istanbul

    Bewildering and beguiling, it's hard not to lose yourself inside Istanbul's multi-domed Blue Mosque, with its endless rows of Iznik tiles, sweeping arches, and hundreds of stained-glass windows.

  • Israel Ministry of Tourism

    Sacred Places - Jerusalem

    Jerusalem's most impressive sites are concentrated within the Old City: The Western Wall, the gold-topped Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Photos.com

    Sacred Places - Lhasa, Tibet

    Introducing Buddhism to Tibet in 647, the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa is the ultimate pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Today, the monastery is abuzz with monks, pilgrims, and visitors.

  • Enrique Castro Mendivil/PromPeru

    Sacred Places - Sacred Valley, Peru

    Situated on an Andean flatbed surrounded by jagged cliffs, Peru's Machu Picchu dazzles visitors as much for its natural beauty as for the mystery and mysticism surrounding this lost city’s history.

  • Jerome Richard

    Sacred Places - Sedona, Arizona

    Sedona's sacrosanct status stems from its vortexes, a term medium Page Bryant coined in 1980 to explain the sense of serenity that many describe when visiting this section of the Arizona desert.

  • visitwilshire.co.uk

    Sacred Places - Stonehenge, England

    Giant calendar? Open-air temple? Astronomical observatory? No one is really sure what the original function of Stonehenge was, but few can argue with the awesomeness of its construction.

  • India Tourism

    Sacred Places - Varanasi, India

    According to Hindu tradition, the Ganges River is a goddess who washes away the sins of mankind, drawing thousands of pilgrims each day to Varanasi, India, to seek spiritual cleansing in its waters.

  • Jerome Richard

    Sacred Places - The Vatican

    Modern pilgrims travel to the Vatican to receive blessings from the pope; light votive candles in St. Peter's Basilica; and even pay their respects at the underground site of St. Peter's tomb.

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