The most sacred spots on Earth
Sacred and with that mysterious allure - our world is full of places that evoke that feeling of awe and are worth visiting, regardless of your religion or spiritual views. Here we present 7 sacred spots that will rock your world.
1. Mahabodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya – India
Now known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a sacred part of the Buddhist faith, being a place where Prince Siddhartha is said to have achieved enlightenment. Sitting under the tree Buddha statue makes the spot significant and is a frequent destination for pilgrims.
2. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple – Japan
Also known as the "New victory temple", Naritasan Shingon Buddhist Temple is located in central Narita, not far from Narita International Airport. It was built in the year 940 and dedicated to the Fudō myōō (often called a fire god). The backdrop of the Naritasan Park makes it even more sacred and beautiful.
3. Mecca – Saudi Arabia
The holy city is Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammed and is considered the holiest city in the Islamic religion. Visit to this place is obligatory for all the able Muslims and more than 16 million people pilgrim here each year.
4. Hagia Sophia – Turkey
This is one of the oldest and most architecturally influential places of worship on the list. Once a church, later a mosque, now being a museum in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia is one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture.
5. Jerusalem – Israel
One of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem is considered sacred by three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Christians believe this is the place where Jesus lived, preached and died. Jerusalem is visited by more than 3.5 million pilgrims annually.
6. Mount Parnassus – Greece
The limestone Mount Parnassus can be found in central Grece, towering over Delphi. In Greek mythology, this place was sacred to Dionysus and Apollo and was also home to Muses. Today it is also popular for skiing and hiking trails.
7. Cenote Sagrado – Mexico
It used to be a place of pilgrimage for ancient Maya people. The Cenote Sagrado or "sacred well" is located to the north of Chichen Itza and is now a popular attraction among tourists.