11. Tirumala, India
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It’s one of the most religious places for Hindus and also often known as Tirupati. The city is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy Temple which is visited by over 40 million devotees annually. That makes a daily footfall of 50,000. The Tirupati hills are the second oldest rock mountains of the world. Tirumala is derived from the words “Tiru” which means holy, and “Mala”, the mountain chain.
12. Vatican City, Italy
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The Vatican was recognized as an independent state back in 1929. A city with only 800 people welcomes more than four million visitors annually. It’s the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church and one of the most holy places in the world. Besides the aesthetic grandeur, the Vatican is the home to some of the most famous artwork in the world on the St Peter’s Basilica from artists and sculptors like Michelangelo, Bramante, Giacomo della Porta, Bernini and others.
13. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
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It’s one of the many centerpieces of the Catholic religion and witnesses footfalls of 13 million visitors each year. A journey to Paris is not complete without a visit to this iconic cathedral. The Notre Dame of Paris, or simply the Notre Dame, was made popular through Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. It’s also the first Gothic cathedral building encompassing the flying buttress.
14. Tian Tan Buddha, China
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Also known as the Big Buddha, the large Buddha Amoghasiddhi statue was completed in 1993 and has been counted among the top sacred places in the world. At an imposing 112 feet and made entirely of bronze, the statue weighs 250mt. There’s a Gautama Buddha relic inside the statue, unlike anywhere else in the world, comprising some of the claimed cremated remains of the ascetic.
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15. Jerusalem, Israel
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One of oldest cities of the world, Jerusalem, aka Al-Quds in Arabic, is perhaps the most sacred places on earth for three Abramahic faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, for close to 3,000 years now. The city is often under the grip of bloody clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, but still has a footfall of over 3.5 million followers from the three faiths. Talk of holy places and Jerusalem should be on your list.