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Secular Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 7 Secular sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • The Pump Room
    Bath, England
    The famous Pump Room in Bath has the best afternoon tea in Britain (in our opinion) and is right next door to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
  • Brothel and Latrine
    Ephesus, Turkey
    Of course neither are a sacred site, but these less glamorous structures help bring ancient Ephesus to life.
  • Curetes Street
    Ephesus, Turkey
    Once lined with shops and inns, Curetes Street was a main city street and an important processional route in the cult of Artemis.
  • Slope Houses
    Ephesus, Turkey
    These well-preserved dwellings provide an important window into the lifestyles of the Ephesian elite in Roman and Byzantine times.
  • Paestum Archaeological Museum
    Paestum, Italy
    Located next to the Greek temples, this excellent museum displays Greek and Roman artifacts from the Paestum area. Its most famous exhibits are rare Greek tomb frescoes from the 5th and 4th centuries BC.
  • Segovia Aqueduct
    Segovia, Spain
    The ancient aqueduct in Segovia is not a religious site, but it is such a magnificent monument that we can't bear to leave it out! Built in the 1st century AD, it is one of the best-preserved in the world.
  • Clifford's Tower
    York, England