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Below is an illustrated index of the 17 Academic Institutions profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



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  • Char Minar
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    Its name means "four minarets," but this interesting little building with four dome-topped towers was actually a gatehouse of a medressa.
  • Mir i Arab Medressa
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    This impressive medressa with two blue domes stands opposite the Kalon Mosque. Founded in the 16th century, it was a working seminary until its closure in 1920. Stalin reopened it in 1944.
  • Ulughbek Medressa
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    Built in 1417, this is central Asia's oldest medressa and the model for many others. The attractive structure is decorated with blue tiles.
  • Al-Azhar Mosque and University
    Cairo, Egypt
    Al-Azhar University is one of the oldest operating universities in the world and a center of Islamic learning. It is connected to the beautiful and historic Al-Azhar Mosque.
  • Sultan Hassan Mosque
    Cairo, Egypt
    Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, this is among the largest and most impressive Islamic buildings in the world. It may incorporate stone from the Pyramids of Giza.
  • King's College Chapel
    Cambridge, England
    This Late Gothic chapel is famed for its fine architecture, its rare early 16th-century windows, exquisite fan vaulting, a Renaissance wooden screen, and Rubens altarpiece.
  • Cadet Chapel
    Colorado, USA
    The striking US Air Force Cadet Chapel, made of steel, aluminum and glass, has 17 pointy spires resembling fighter jets soaring up to the sky.
  • Trinity College
    Dublin, Ireland
    Founded just after the Reformation to "civilize Dublin," this historic college is especially famed for its library full of treasures, including the splendid 9th-century Book of Kells.
  • Ben Youssef Medersa
    Marrakesh, Morocco
    Probably the most beautiful building in Marrakesh, this medieval Islamic school features intricate woodwork, stucco, and tiny student dormitories with balconies.
  • All Souls College Chapel
    Oxford, England
    Founded in 1432 to pray for souls in purgatory, All Souls College consists entirely of post-doctorate fellows. Its lovely chapel features a large stone-carved screen behind the altar.
  • Bodleian Library
    Oxford, England
    This world-famous university library houses several important religious manuscripts and the beautiful, fan-vaulted Divinity School.
  • Brasenose College
    Oxford, England
    Founded in 1509 and named for an antique brass knocker of a lion's nose, Brasenose consists of three attractive quads just off Radcliffe Square. Its 17th-century chapel has a splendid painted fan vault.
  • Christ Church Cathedral
    Oxford, England
    This unique cathedral is also the chapel of Christ Church College, the most prestigious college in Oxford. It incorporates the ancient shrine of Oxford's patron saint, Frideswide.
  • Magdalen College Chapel
    Oxford, England
    Founded in 1448 and known for its beautiful tower and choral ritual on May Morning, Magdalen College also has many gargoyles, a fine chapel, extensive grounds and associations with C.S. Lewis.
  • Merton College Chapel
    Oxford, England
    Founded in 1264, Merton College is the oldest college and its buildings are among the most interesting in Oxford. The large 14th-century chapel has plentiful medieval stained glass.
  • St Mary's University Church
    Oxford, England
    The official church of the university, St. Mary's has seen many historic sermons over the centuries and holds regular services today. Climb the tower for spectacular views of the city.
  • Chapel of St. Ignatius
    Seattle, USA
    Designed by Steven Holl, this magnificent Catholic chapel on the campus of Seattle University has won multiple awards for its unique modern architecture and masterful use of light.