Istanbul is a city steeped in history and is more than a few thousand years old. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque, is one of the most religious places for Muslims from all over the world. The exterior of the mosque looks spectacular against the backdrop of the Istanbul skyline. A major place for worship, it has over 10,000 visitors at any given point of time. It also serves as a place for higher learning.
The limestone mountain towers over Delphi, central Greece. Talk of sacred places Mount Parnassus is believed to be the home of the Muses, the Greek goddesses of song and poetry. Apollo too is said to often visit Oracle near Delphi. There are many other major and minor myths associated with the mountain. Religious activities today take place only on its slopes, topped by two ski retreats and dotted with picturesque hiking trails.
Somerset is one of the unlikeliest of all places to find some sacred ground. But Glastonbury Tor, according to Celtic legend, is the home to their king of fairies Gwyn ap Nudd. It’s also believed to be the place where coffins of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere were recovered. Another legend claims Glastonbury Tor as the Holy Grail site. But regardless of the myth, the place seems to emit positive energy, as claimed by visitors. Many feel happier and lighter while coming down the hill.
People wanting to enhance their spirituality visit Sedona, Arizona. The beautiful red rock formations have four vortex points that are believed to have healing powers. Yavapai, an ancient American tribe, has numerous little altars and paintings in the vortexes for honoring the great energy. Visitors traverse the area on foot. They mediate in the vortexes and soak in the lightness of the area. They leave feeling better.
Water is considered sacred in many cultures and is said to cleanse those coming in contact with it. Water is the key element of baptism. Cenote Sagrado, or the “sacred well” is located in the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Izta, Mexico. Mayans used water from the well to cleanse themselves, worship Chaac, and offer sacrifices. Chaac was the Mayan rain god. Excavations in the well recovered gold and other valuable objects, along with human remains, indicating human sacrifice.
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