Many people around the world love to travel to spiritual and sacred places. And whenever some people get time from their busy and hectic schedules they search for peaceful and holy places, where they can get relaxation from technologies and monotonous work.
These religious destinations fascinate the travellers too. So, today let’s explore these places.
Most Exquisite Religious and Holy Places in the World
1.Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Well, Vatican City is itself known as a fully religious and spiritual place. That’s why it is also known as “Holy See”. Saint Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church. It portrays the example of Renaissance architecture in existence. Its splendid artwork on display is quite enthralling.
This church holds the tomb of the apostle St. Peter and is created on the spot where he was crucified and buried. And the most captivating view of St. Peter’s Basilica is while standing near Bernini’s canopy. At this canopy, the sunbeams seem to drop down from heaven. Vatican City is located in Rome, Italy.
2. Lumbini, Nepal
It’s the most important and popular place in Nepal. Lumbini is considered the birthplace of Buddha. Back in 623 BC, ‘Siddhartha Gautama’ entered the world and began his spiritual journey to becoming Lord Buddha in Lumbini. The most significant thing about this place is it marks the Ashokan Pillar, Inscribed with a dedication to Lord Buddha.
Other attraction of this place involves stone slab where Siddhartha was born and Maya Devi Temple around it. And there is a pool where Siddhartha used to take bath known as Puskarni. This is one of the Holy Places which will give you utmost peace.
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
Also known as Harmandir Sahib. It’s the outstanding religious place of Sikhs. It holds the great religious belief being the most important holy Gurudwara of Sikhism. It contains a copy of Guru Granth Sahib, the mythological text of Sikhism. This is read aloud by Granthi, a reader for coming visitors.
The temple is enveloped by a sacred body of water known as Amrit Sarovar or pool nectar where pilgrims either bathe or meditate by sitting beside the river. One of the important and interesting sites is a dining hall where many volunteers impart their Seva by serving food to 3500 people in a feed.
4. Kumano Ancient Trail, Japan
Located in the Kii Mountains south of Osaka. Kumano Ancient Trails is made famous by emperors more than 10 centuries ago. The Kii Mountains lead to three sacred shrines, multiple protector shrines and tea houses with some charming views along the way. It offers a remarkable, and amazing experience of the unique cultural landscape of the region’s spiritual countryside.
After completing the long trek to the sacred sites and being tired, Tourists can visit Hot spring hotels and relax. The specialty about such hot spring hotels is it is available at a reasonable cost and got recognized by UNESCO World Heritage sites.
5. St. Paul Trail, Turkey
It’s a historic religious place where the 500 km rough trail marks the partly journey of St. Paul to spread Christianity. Leading from Perg to Antioch, the route is surrounded by fragrant pine forests and mirage-like places. It’s a must-visit place for spiritual tourists.
6. Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
The Holiest site of Judaism, Temple Mount where the first and second temples were destroyed by Babylonians and Romans respectively. Then the temple’s remaining Western Wall, also known as Kotel is preserved and became a place of worship and mourning of old temples. Hence it is often called a Wailing Wall.
7. Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Considered as the Holiest Place in Islam, Mecca is the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad. Here only he received the first revelation of the Quran. Every year millions of Muslims carry out their expedition to Mecca, called the Hajj (pilgrimage). It is believed to be a central pillar of Islam that every able-bodied Muslim should carry out a Hajj at least once in their lifetime.
Muslims from around the world come here being dressed in simple white clothes known as ‘Ihram’. And visit the Grand Mosque to praise ‘Allah’ before Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred building. These rituals are primarily meant to promote unity among the followers of Islam by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.
8. Sanctuary of Atotoniclo, Mexico
Also known as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, this church is a blend of intense beauty and cruelty. The most notable thing about this chapel’s spectacular ceiling is that it took the artist over 30 years to complete it.
This ceiling depicts wholesome images of Jesus Christ being tortured and crucified in a ghastly way. Hence this pilgrimage site is popular for those who want to practice religious ceiling. Two weeks before Easter every year around 5,000-10,000 pilgrims from Mexico gather here and engage in spiritual practices.
9. Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
It is expanded over 100 yards above the city of Rangoon. Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the finest architectural artworks in the world. According to the travellers and tourists, it is among the most beautiful sites in the world. It is shaped as a gilded stupa and situated in Yangon. The pagoda is distinguished for having the remnants of 4 Buddha.
It is suggested to visit this sacred sited during the nights to the serene and calming holy chants and picturesque views of the huge golden pagoda shining with lights.
10. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, India
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu deity. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is considered is one of the most acclaimed temples in Hinduism, as it is located on the western bank of the Sanctified River Ganges. Every year millions gather here to bathe in the river. It is believed that these sacred waters are a source of spiritual purification.
The temple’s golden Dome shines brilliantly in the sun. Even at the night, artificial lighting irradiates the temple complex in sparkling order of colours. Pausing for a moment and contemplating the stars is a meaningful and poignant experience.