We can read the scriptures in different books and practice different rituals but when we enter any place of worship, of any tradition, it is difficult not to feel the atmosphere so familiar and palpable that it makes a place sacred.
Whether on the tops of the mountains or hidden in the bustling streets of cities, the world is full of amazing sacred places. If you want to make a spiritual pilgrimage, do not miss these important houses of worship that are in the world.
From the red rocks of Arizona to the noisy streets of Moscow, surely these stunning sites will make you dream of traveling:
Wat Rong Khun: Chiang Rai, Thailand
The Wat Rong Khun or White Temple of Thailand attracts thousands of tourists every year with its intricate carvings representing surprisingly modern figures and themes, including extraterrestrials, Superman, or scenes from The Matrix.
Church of the Transfiguration: Kiji Island, Russia
Built in the early 18th century, the Church of the Transfiguration in Russia has an octagonal bell tower and a wooden structure with 22 domes covered in birch bark. Construction began in 1714, and it is said that not a single nail was used.
Popa Taungkalat Monastery: Mount Popa, Burma
The Popa Taungkalat monastery is located in the shadow of nearby Mount Popa, a very famous pilgrimage site in Burma. Visitors climb 777 steps to reach this Buddhist monastery and explore numerous altars and unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains.
Chapel of the Holy Cross: Sedona Arizona
The Chapel of the Holy Cross stands out in Sedona's famous red rock and is considered one of the seven man-made wonders in Arizona.
Sanctuary of Truth: Pattaya, Thailand
The Sanctuary of Truth in a building made entirely of wood with Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. It is completely covered with wood engravings that represent ideas about ancient thought, human responsibility and the cycle of life.
The Great Synagogue of Florence: Tuscany, Italy
The Maggiore Temple, or the Great Synagogue of Florence was built in eight years and opened in 1882 near the historic center of this Italian city. It was built with the intention of serving the local Sephardic community, and its design takes up some designs of Moorish architecture in Spain.
Roussanou Monastery: Thessaly, Meteora, Greece
The Roussanou Monastery is one of the precarious religious sites that stand out on the rocky cliffs of Greece. In the 9th century the hermit monks came to these cliffs. Only later, the rocky pillars served as protection for the monks during political uprisings. Although the rock formation of Meteora once housed 20 monasteries, now only six survive.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart: Paris, France
The Sacred Heart is at the top of Montmartre, the artistic district of Paris. Not only is it one of the most important European basilicas, it also allows you to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Paris. Visitors can climb 270 steps to reach the top of the Sacred Heart and live an unforgettable experience.
Mosque of the Strait of Malacca: Malaysia
The Mosque of the Strait of Malacca is located on a man-made island. This beautiful mosque is also known as the Floating Mosque because that is the impression it gives, that it is floating on water.
Cathedral of Brasilia: Brasília, Brasil
The metropolitan cathedral is a true work of art. The innovative hyperbolic structure was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and is full of intricate details, from the suspended angels to the magnificent columns.
Baha'i faith : Lotus Temple, Delhi India
New Delhi, Capital of India basically not known for peace and quiet, but the stunning Lotus Temple, its built in 1980, the home of the Baha'i faith, is a true oasis of tranquility. This temple in the shape of a lotus flower is surrounded by peaceful gardens and a large interior space is reserved for people of all religions who come to meditate.
Angkor Wat: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world because it stretches along 162.6 hectares of land. What is now the Angkor Archaeological Park was at some point the center of the Khmer Empire, a dominant force of Southeast Asia between the 9th and 15th century. The park that has no inhabitants is in connection with nature and a part of the land It's still forest.
Temple of Heaven: Beijing, China
This temple is an intricate complex dating back to the 15th century, and in 1998 it was named a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a center divided into three parts that is part of a number of complex structures, each built according to rigid philosophical guidelines.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
With its elegant white architecture and tranquil reflecting pond, the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi dazzles everyone day and night. It is the largest and most important mosque in the United Arab Emirates, which receives 41 thousand people for eid prayers.
Sagrada Familia: Barcelona, Spain
The amazing cathedral is known as the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. The design is so intricate that it could not end in Gaudí's life. Construction began in 1882 and its conclusion is scheduled for 2026, to commemorate the centenary of the death of Gaudí. Do not miss the incredible interior stained glass window.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In the center of Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame basilica is not only an important religious center, it is also an important historic site in Canada. Instead of presenting scenes from the Bible, the stained glass windows of the Basilica represent scenes from the religious history of Montreal.
Church of Las Lajas: Colombia
Located near the border between Colombia and Ecuador, the Sanctuary of Las Lajas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful basilicas in the world. This precarious Gothic tribute was built in the Guaitara river canyon, and connects two channels. The church was built in honor of two legendary miracles, and its miraculous location pays tribute to these origins.