BEAUTIFUL SACRED SITES AROUND THE WORLD YOU MUST VISIT
From mountain top monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places
will make you believe that God ones existed among us. From the jungles of
Indonesia to the valleys of Tibet, from Rome to Bethlehem, in the shape of natural
landmarks and houses of worship alike, these are some of the world’s most
beautiful sacred places. Whether you’re planning a future visit, or simply looking
to appreciate the grandeur of these sacred sites from afar, here are some most
beautiful sacred sites you will always want to visit.
Abu Simbel Temples, Egypt
Though built by the famous Pharaoh Ramesses II over 3,000 years ago, the Abu
Simbel Temples and their stunning colossi are more famous than ever. The two
temples of Ramses II and Nefertari were carved directly into the rock and their
interiors feature gargantuan columns lined with hieroglyphics.
Crater Leg, Oregon
Formed nearly 8,000 years ago after an alleged massive eruption caused Mount
Mazama to collapse, this deep blue, freshwater caldera lake in south-central
Oregon plunges nearly 2,000 feet below ground, making it the deepest in the
The United States and the seventh deepest in the world.
Ghats of Varanasi, India
India’s Ganges River, although notoriously polluted, is believed to have healing,
purifying properties—a belief bolstered by tests conducted on the water. In
Varanasi, one of the country’s seven sacred cities, locals interact with the river
via ghats—stepped platforms leading down into the water—and use them as sites
for multiple ceremonies. There are bathing rituals for " purification of sins,"
pilgrimages to collect sacred water, and even designated ghats for cremations,
where pyres burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Cenote Sagrado, Mexico
Cenotes—which are natural sinkholes or wells filled with water—were sacred to
the Maya people, and used as communication portals with the gods. The Cenote
Sagrado in Chichén Itzá, Mexico, is believed to have been the site of rituals, and
offerings. Jewelry, incense, pottery, and copious remains of bodies—suggesting
human sacrifices to the gods were made—have been discovered at the bottom by
archaeologists. While this cenote was a pilgrimage destination for the Maya,
today visitors can freely swim or take a dip in it.