Nearly every culture in human history has sought to honor the divine, the mysterious, the supernatural, or the extraordinary in some way. Most often this happens at sacred sites - special places where the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world. These might be awe-inspiring natural places, sites connected to a god, a saint, or a hero, places where miracles or visions were reported, or buildings consecrated for worship or ritual.
Sacred sites remain spiritually meaningful to millions today and the ancient practice of pilgrimage is as popular as ever. But you don't have to be a believer to recognize that holy places, religious architecture, and sacred art are some of the most beautiful and interesting sights you'll encounter in your travels.
Sacred Destinations is a richly-illustrated ecumenical guide to more than 1,200 sacred sites, holy places, pilgrimage destinations, and religious buildings in over 60 countries around the world. So whether you're looking for religious travel ideas, want information about a particular religious building or sacred site, or just love great architecture, you've come to the right place - happy exploring!
"If we instinctively seek a paradisiacal and special place on earth,
it is because we know in our inmost hearts that the earth was given to us
in order that we might find meaning, order, truth and salvation in it."
-- Thomas Merton
Sacred Sites by Destination
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Wales
Sacred Sites by Category
Academic Institutions, Ancient Cities, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, Anglican, Augustinian, Baroque, Benedictine, Biblical Sites, Buddhism, Byzantine, Byzantine Mosaics, Castles and Palaces, Cathedrals, Catholic, Catholic Shrines, Caves, Celtic, Change of Religion, Christianity, Churches, Cistercian, Classical, Dead on Display, Dominican, Egyptian, Famous Grave, Footsteps of Jesus, Footsteps of Paul, Franciscan, Gothic, Gothic Murals, Gothic Sculpture, Graves and Tombs, Greek, Greek Orthodox, Hinduism, Historical Sites, Holiest, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Largest, Luther Trail, Lutheran, Mausoleums, Mayan, Medieval Stained Glass, Megaliths, Miraculous Image, Modern, Monasteries, Monuments, Mosques, Murals/Frescoes, Museums, Neo-Byzantine, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Romanesque, Neoclassical, Neolithic, New Age, Oldest, Paleochristian, Petroglyphs, Prehistoric, Protestant, Reformation History, Relics, Renaissance, Roman, Romanesque, Romanesque Murals, Romanesque Sculpture, Russian Orthodox, Sacred Mountains, Sacred Rocks, Sacred Waters, Shrines, Spectacular Setting, Synagogues, Temples