Top 10 Amazing Sacred Places

Top 10 Amazing Sacred Places

Sacred places are truly wonderful. Usually monasteries, sanctuaries and temples are situated in unspoiled nature, whose beauty is truly purifying. Meanwhile some places are so pristine, that they themselves are regarded as sacred. Take a look at these then wonderful sites.

10. Devils Tower, Wyoming, USA

A formidable laccolith – an intrusion of magma – is found in the Black Hills. It is considered a sacred place by the Native Americans, who have created various legends about its origins. Therefore visitors are asked to respect this place.

Why to go there?

Local tribes still hold rituals on this site. Every June visitors are expected not to climb the Devils Tower – activity not approved by the Native Americans. However, everyone is welcome to explore the formation and its impressive surroundings by completing a 2 km (1.3 mi) trail.

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Photo by John Haig

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9. The Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania

The hill is one of the most famous sites in the country. It is estimated that there are almost 200 000 crosses on the hill that left there by the pilgrims. Pope John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses in 1993 and declared it the site of hope, peace, love and sacrifice. Pilgrimages to the hill signify resistance against the wars and terror, since it has survived the country’s occupation.

Why to go there?

The hill is one of the most visited and authentic sites in Lithuania. The artifacts from various decades make a unique display of folk art.

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8. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

The sandstone rock is one of the most famous and recognizable attractions in Australia. The symbolical meaning of the large formation is as impressive as it is itself. The inselberg is sacred to Aboriginal people. They believe that the spirits still live in the area. They are accompanied by the unique animal species, that live here.

Why to go there?

Many tourists visit the spot. The most popular activity is, of course, climbing Uluru. However, the proposition to ban the activity has been considered lately. Therefore, it might be a good idea to hurry up and visit Uluru now.

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7. Cenote, Chichén Itzá, Mexico

The deep natural sinkholes are very often found in Mexico. Chichén Itzá was an important city in Mayan civilization. Sacred Cenote serves not only as a natural wonder, but as a historic spot, as well. The sinkhole was visited by the pilgrims, who would sacrifice objects and sometimes humans for the god of rain. Very well preserved materials were later found in the bottom of the pit.

Why to go there?

Chichén Itzá’s two pits are especially beautiful and popular among the tourists, since the city itself is very interesting and worth visiting. Also visitors can have a refreshing dip.

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Photo by Chris Connick

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Photo by Jack Paulus

6. Mount Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan

The symbol of Japanese culture, an active volcano with a symmetrical cone, protruding for 3 776 m (12 389 ft) and making it the highest mountain in the country, carries a historic, cultural and religious meaning. For centuries it has attracted pilgrims.

Why to go there?

Today people visit it for various reasons. Climbing the mountain is one of the most popular and favorite activities. More adventurous characters also love paragliding. As Fuji is surrounded with five beautiful lakes, various festivals take place around it as well.

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5. Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China

Songzanlin, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated in Yunnan, is one of the most famous and beautiful temples in China. Built in 1679 the monastery’s complex looks like a little historic town. Its Tibetan architecture, design and elements, well preserved frescoes and golden statues of Buddha make it an attractive tourist destination. Established in the mountains, the monastery boasts staggering views.

Why to go there?

On 29th of November people gather here to watch the monks perform dances with the masks. In June „Horse Racing Festival“ takes over and entertains with food, dancing, singing, fur and silk trading. In September during the „Minority Festival“ artists come here to present their craft.

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Photo by Rungthum Lee

4. Yamdrok Lake, Tibet

Lying between Tibetan capital Lhasa and town Gyantse, the freshwater lake is one of the sacred lakes. Due to its spiritual powers, the Dalai Lama as well as local people make pilgrimages to Yamdrok. The lake’s holy importance is associated with the Second Buddha, who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The Samding Monastery – the female monastery – is built on a peninsula.

Why to go there?

The lake is located in an amazing environment and is a wonderful spiritual retreat.

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Photo by Christian Ortiz

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3. The Blue Lake, South Island, New Zealand

Found in Nelson Lakes National Park, a relatively small lake is said to have the clearest water in the world! It is almost as clear as distilled water, meaning that its visibility is up to 80 meters. The lake is considered sacred to Māori, who call it Rotomairewhenua, therefore swimming or entering the lake is not allowed. Photographer Klaus Thymann however was granted a special permission to depict the clarity and beauty of the lake for scientific purposes.

Why to go there?

The lake is found in the beautiful park, which provides a great retreat, hiking, fishing and camping opportunities.

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Photo by Klaus Thymann

2. Batu Caves, Gombak, Malaysia

The popular limestone hill has many caves and is a sacred spot, visited by the locals as well as tourists. The temple complex is spread all over the hill – the main part Temple Cave is on top of it and you can reach it by climbing the 276 steps. It is truly an enigmatic and fascinating site to see once in your lifetime!

Why to go there?

The site fascinates not only with its natural wonders, but also with tall Hindu statues. It is best to take a guided tour, which will introduce to the history and significance of Batu Caves. And also watch out for the monkeys, who try to steal the water bottles, but are another fun attraction.

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1. Kelimutu, Flores Island, Indonesia

A volcano has three amazing summit crater lakes of different colors. The water of the lakes is red, green or blue. It is believed by the locals that the lakes are a resting place for their ancestors. According to their tradition, the water color corresponds to the moods of the spirits. One can never predict the colors of the lake, as sometimes they change to white and black.

Why to go there?

The colors actually change due to the fumes, coming from the volcano and causing chemical reactions. Definitely a unique place on Earth, also the national park, where the volcano is situated, is also worth visiting.

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