Every single person who has traveled at least once in his life has said that traveling is by far the best investment done in life. However, while it’s not something you can hold on to, like real estate or jewelry, but the investment done is the memories you’ll acquire from your trip and the learning experiences will undoubtedly make you a better and more interesting person. Thus traveling opens up a whole new world of possibilities that will teach you great lessons.
Here’s a list of most sacred places on earth which are worth visiting regardless of your religion. These are in no particular order as all the religions state “GOD IS ONE.”
1 Jerusalem, Israel
It is one of the holiest cities in the world but ironically lacks peace and order, due to clashes between Israelis and Palestinians. However, Jerusalem is still considered a sacred site by three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Among all the three religions, it’s perhaps considered the holiest to Christians as it was in Jerusalem where Jesus lived, preached, and died.
2 Mecca and Madina, Saudi Arabia
Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. Every person baptized into the Muslim faith is mandated to visit Mecca at least once in their lives. Located in Saudi Arabia, Mecca is considered the most sacred city in the Islamic faith, as it was the birthplace of the prophet and the founder of Islam, Muhammad.
Believe it or not, non-Muslims are actually banned from entering the city.
3 Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
This is one of the holiest places in the world for the followers of Jesus Christ. It has one of the largest churches in the world. It was built in 1626. Millions of Christians visit this place when they are in this holy city on a tour.
4 Mount Kailash, Tibet
To a mountaineer, Mount Kailash ought to prove the ultimate challenge, as it has never been scaled before, its terrain being deemed too dangerous. However, perhaps it’s best untouched, as is considered holy ground by three religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. It’s a very difficult pilgrimage, as one risks fatigue, acrophobia, and braving erratic weathers. Accomplishing the task, it is believed to bring fulfillment and an enormous amount of blessings and good luck.
5 Bodh Gaya, India
This place is predominantly for the followers of Buddhism. It is considered to be the holiest place on Earth for all Buddhists. It is believed that it was in Bodh Gaya that Prince Gautama Siddharta rested under a bodhi tree and gained the enlightenment that transformed him into Gautama Buddha. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place to try to attain even a pinch of the wisdom that Buddha is said to have gained there.
6 Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal
It is one of the holiest temples for Hindu religion followers. The temple is mainly visited by the followers of Buddhism. It is situated on the banks of river Bagmati in Nepal.
7 Mount Olympus, Greece
It is the holiest place in Greece for Jesus Christ followers. It is situated on the highest mountain peak in Greece. Many devotees climb this mountain every year to reach to the shrine. It also holds some mythological symbolic status of the Greek and Roman gods.
8 Mount Sinai, Egypt
According to Jewish, Islamic, and Christian history, Mount Sinai was the site of one of the most pivotal moments in religious and divine history. Located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, the mountain’s summit was where Moses was said to have spoken to God and received the 10 Commandments, that have been written on two stone tablets. Thousands of pilgrims trek to the top to stand where Moses stood and numerous religious groups have erected a place of worship there, to give their members a chance to pray.
9 Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Turkey
Istanbul is one of the most historical cities in the world, having been around for thousands of years. It is home to numerous attractions one of them being the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. It’s called so because of the blue tiles spanning the walls of the mosque’s interior. The exterior is a sight to behold, dotting the picturesque Istanbul skyline. The building is mainly used as a mosque for worship and sees as many as 10,000 visitors at a time.
10 Vortexes, Arizona
People who are interested in enhancing their spirituality have surely gone to the town of Sedona in Arizona. The beautiful red rock formations contain four vortex points that are said to have mystical and healing powers. The Yavapai, an ancient Native American tribe, has numerous paintings and little altars in the vortexes, to honor this great energy that was filling their beings. Many visitors trek through the area on foot and they meditate and bask in the lightness permeating through the area.
If you know any other most religious place in the world then don’t forget to mention it in the comments below.