Whatever belief systems have existed through the years, there have always been spiritual homes for them across the World. These places become the center point for religions and spiritual homes for those who believe, today many of these locations are still spiritual homes and incredible places that many visit to see the wonder of what they offer. Today we are going to look at 6 of the best spiritual destinations around the World where you can visit and drink in the atmosphere of these wonderful locations.
The famous stone slabs of Stonehenge are set in Wiltshire, England, estimations are that these stones were placed around 2600 BC and with the incredible weight of them it is astounding that with such primitive tools that they were able to place them there. For years these stones have become something of a mecca for druids and people gather each year in June for the summer solstice, the stones are said to give power and life.
Uluru or Ayer’s Rock has long been seen as a very spiritual site for the Aborigine tribe of Australia. For years the Anangu Aboriginal people have conducted rituals, meetings and ceremonies around the huge sandstone monolith and it also attracts millions of visitors each year who flock to see this incredible feat of nature.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel based in Cusco, Peru, this intricate set of buildings carved into the stone of the valley was an incredibly spiritual place fro the Incas until it’s abandonment during the Spanish conquest in 1450. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the World, Machu Picchu has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its incredible architecture and natural beauty.
This small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in France has gained worldwide fame thanks to the Sanctuaires Notre Dame de Lourdes, it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared here before Marie-Bernadette Soubirous 18 times here. As such, Lourdes has now become a mecca for Christian believers and in particular those who are sick. The water at Lourdes is said to have healed people from some of the worst diseases known to man, helped the blind to see and the paralyzed to walk.
Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, it sits on the River Ganges which, despite now being heavily polluted, are considered to be sacred waters. There are over 2,000 temples in Varansi and funeral rituals regularly take place on the Ganges as well as baptisms and those who bathe themselves with the hope of healing problems. This area represents a sacred place for Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Vatican city is a walled enclave within the city of Rome that is home to the Pope, head of the Catholic church. With a population of just 842 it is the smallest sovereign state in the World. This holy area of land has been considered sacred for over 1000 years and within its walls features various churches and squares where weekly mass and ceremonies are held. Millions of Catholics flock to Vatican city each day and mass attracts thousands of worshippers.