Top 10 Holiest Places in the World
With religion holding a prime importance in the lives of millions in the world, people don’t seem to find a chance less to try and bestow their faith and trust upon God. Various religious beliefs towards the existence of God and other faiths revolving have not only led to various diverse religious followers, but have also led to the birth of something known as Religious tourism, where people in millions are seen flocking to religious sites at least once in a year. Some religious sites not only leave a religious person amazed at their charming structural existence, but also make them feel close to God, thus awakening their religious faiths in the truest sense. Many of these places have immensely contributed to the sector or tourism with their popularity and magnificence. Here is a list of some of the most important holy places considered to be worth visiting in the world.
Also known as the Sacred House and the Ancient House, Kaaba is considered to be one of the most holiest places in the Islamic religion. It is located in the centre of the Holy Mosque in Mecca. Significantly pleasing from outside, Kaaba is beautifully decorated with gold and silver lamps in its interiors. The Holy book of Islam, Quran also states that the Kaaba was founded together by Ibrahim and his son Ishmael in order to bestow their trust and faith to that one true God. This site is a witness to billions of Muslims visiting each day, praying five times in a day. The number of Muslims who come and pray to their God facing towards the Kaaba is huge, specifically because it is considered to be one of the focal points for Hajj each year.
This magnificently constructed Buddhist temple which now exists in Java, Indonesia, was once abandoned and the history of which is still unknown. This holy place was discovered in the jungles of Java in the 19th century. This place is believed to have been one of the central and holiest spots for Buddhists when it was likely to be constructed, around 7th and 8th century A.D. This holy place came back to existence as a spiritual location after its rediscovery and is known to be one of the greatest monuments of the world. Keeping true to the saying of Buddha, this lotus structured Holy place represents the 10 steps of a Bodhisattva’s life, in order to attain awakening or Buddh.
8. Church of Las Lajas
The structure of this Church is very confusing, confusing due to the South American structure constructed in a European designed monument. This is primarily because of a legendary story which could be traced back to the 18th century, when a woman along with her dumb and mute daughter were caught by a storm while traveling along the Church’s route. They seek shelter in the gorge and after which they claimed to have seen Holy Mary appear in front of them on the mountains. Seeing this, her daughter acquired the ability to speak instantly, and thus the story spread far and wide. The story got very popularly instilled in the minds and faith of people, so much so that a fortune was spend into building this temple and constructing more chapels to it, thus giving birth to the hugely constructed holy church.
7. St. Peter’s Basilica
The St. Peter’s Basilica or the St. Peter’s Cathedral is known to be one of the most beautiful constructed Churches of the world. It was built in the 17th century and is located on the Vatican Hill from the city of Rome. This holy place was the site where the first pope, St. Peter died a martyr. He was buried here in 64 A.D. and thus is considered to be one of the most important shrines for Christians all across the globe. The Church is not only marveled at for its religious popularity but also for its amazing construction, put in through the hard work of various Italian architects stretched over a span of almost hundred years.
6. Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Apollo is located in Ancient Delphi, signifying the famous Oracle wherein God himself used to counsel the people through the mouth of an intoxicated priestess. Discovered way back in the 1500 BC., this place is considered to be one of the most holiest spots for the Greeks. This shrine came into existence after the rise and fall of two previous temples. The first temple on the site was burned in 548 and the second one got disrupted in an earthquake hit. The current Temple of Apollo s dated back to the 4th century BC.
5. The Mahabodhi Temple
The Mahabodhi Temple or the Bodhgaya Stupa located in Bodhgaya, India. It is the most important shrine for Buddhists who come to offer their prayers and meditate from all across the world. Researchers have been unsuccessful in finding out as to when exactly was this temple constructed, and who was behind the architectural brain and how long it took to construct it. Yet, people believe that King Ashoka, after his interest in Buddhism erected a shrine to Buddha. The temple is situated where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and thus, is a Mecca for Buddhists and many Hindus as well.
4. Notre Dame Cathedral
Built between 1163 and 1250, the construction of this Cathedral was begun by Bishop Maurice de Sully. This church was one of its kinds as it was built in the Gothic style, and was constructed in such a way that it showed the status and spirit of Paris as the capital of France. This Gothic monument which is now one of the most important and famous religious and holy sites in the world is located on a very small island in the heart of the city. During the Revolution, a lot of the interior decorations and the gargoyles of the Cathedral were removed and damaged, yet the Church was restored between 1991 and 2001, preserving historical architecture in its prime form.
3. Ta Prohm Temple
The Ta Prohm Temple was constructed n 1186 AD in the vast forestry Angkor area by King Jayavarman VII. People believe that the original name of the temple was Raja Vihara, which meant ‘The Royal Monastery’. This temple was dedicated by the King to his mother, and was also constructed as a religious spot and centre for Buddhists, inculcating Buddhism. This temple is beautiful constructed among a vast stretch of trees, making the environment more calm and peaceful along with the silent rustling of leaves. People visiting this temple would be taken aback in mystery and amazement, as the surrounding nature of the temple makes this holy site worth visiting and worshipping.
2. Luxor Temple
The Luxor Temple was constructed in the 14th century B.C. and was built in dedication to Amon, who is considered to be one of the most important and powerful Egyptian Gods. The temple is located near the Nile banks and it was known to be one of the most visited and famous religious spots in the city of Thebes. Due to its north-south axis, the other part of the temple is called the Temple of Karnak. Initially in the ancient times, both the temple were connected by a boulevard of sphinxes, consisting of Amon heads, but then later were changed by using human headed sphinxes.
1. Paro Taktsang
Also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, this religious place is considered to be that holy spot where the ‘second Buddha’ has meditated. This site is at an altitude of more than 3000 metres above sea level and it takes almost 2 hours to walk from the parking area to the temple up the valley. King Rinpoche is said to have bestowed his blessing into converting this site as a sacred and religious place for all. Atop a valley, this temple is considered to be one of the most beautiful religious places and also one of the most followed one, despite its scary altitude and misty covered clouds.