If you want to try something unique for your next holiday, why not choose a religious themed holiday? Visit places that have brought spiritual enlightenment to people throughout the ages and get in touch with your inner self. Get away from the redundant nature and adventure trips and learn more about the world’s religions on your spiritual journey. Below are a few favourites that will amaze any tourist.
Discover Majesty of the Devine in Greece
Some of the religious attractions in Greece include the monastic community of Mount Athos which is referred to by Greeks as the “holy Mountain”. The monasteries of Meteora which have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage are also a main tourist attraction in Greece which includes famous monasteries-The Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou, St. Nicholas Anapausas, St. Stephen and the monastery of Holy Trinity.
The Island of Patmos which owes its fame to St. John who was exiled to the island where he wrote the book of Revelation in a cave is also a Christian religious destination. Tradition is kept alive here with indicators where the apostle rested and held the rock.
The thousands of visitors that find their way to Greece are fascinated with the fine works of religious art during the Byzantine era. There are major museums Athens, Thessaloniki, Veria, Ioannina, Kastoria etc.
Explore the world’s top religious destination-Mexico
If you think that the Vatican City is the most favoured religious destination, think again. Mexico receives millions of pilgrims each year mainly because of its Basilica de Guadalupe. The Basilica is according to Catholic tradition the site where the Virgin de Guadalupe (the most revered Saint in Mexico) appeared to Juan Diego (an indigenous farmer) in 1531.
Mexico is also home to sacred Mayan ruins such as those in Palenque. These monumental temples are renowned for their sophisticated architecture and sculptures. On the right side of the entrance is the Temple of the Inscriptions which contain hieroglyphics describing King Pakal’s family tree. The Tomb of King Pakal is also found deep within this temple
One can also find religious spots in India which is home to some of the most significant Hindu religious centres in the world such as Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateswara-the second richest religious centre in the world. The 130,000 religious sites in China have also become tourist attractions such as the Buddhist Lingyin Temple.