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This is a list of significant religious sites.

Bahá'í faith

Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh

Located in Bahji near Acre, Israel, the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh is the most holy place for Bahá'ís and their Qiblih, or direction of prayer. It contains the remains of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith and is near the spot where he died in the Mansion of Bahji. The second holiest site is the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa.


The Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi Temple, India. Propagated from the Sri Maha Bodhi, which in turn is propagated from the original Bodhi Tree at this location.

Bodhgaya, in the state of Bihar in India, is considered by many adherents of Buddhism to be their most holy site. Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment while sitting under a peepal tree located in Bodhgaya.


The Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre (The Tomb of Christ) with the dome of the rotunda visible above.

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the most holy site for many mainstream denominations within Christianity. This is the site, according to their understanding, where Jesus Christ was crucified, died, buried and resurrected from the dead. The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, Roman Catholic Church, and Armenian Apostolic Church form the custodians of this most holy place and collectively control the most holy pilgrimages within the church along with the Coptic, Syriac, and Ethiopian Orthodox churches who also hold some chapels.

Latter-day Saints

The Salt Lake Temple Holy of Holies.

The most holy place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be considered a room in the Salt Lake Temple designated as the "Holy of Holies."

Latter-day Saints, however, may regard LDS temples in general to be their most holy place. The Bible Dictionary for the Latter-day Saint Edition of the King James Bible states:

"A temple is literally a house of the Lord, a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead. A place where the Lord may come, it is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness" [1].

Other sacred sites for Latter-day Saints include the Sacred Grove and Adam-ondi-Ahman, as well as sites considered sacred by Christianity in general, such as the Garden of Gethsemane and Garden Tomb.


Jethro's Tomb in Tiberias, Israel

The Tomb of Jethro, known as Nabi Shu'ayb, near Tiberias in Israel is the most important religious site for the Druze community. The Druze have held religious festivals there for centuries and it has been a place of annual pilgrimage.


Situated on the banks of river Ganges, Varanasi attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims every year.

The Indian city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is said to be the most holy city in Hinduism. It is considered by many to be the most sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus irrespective of denomination.

The "garbha griha" (literally womb-house or womb-chamber), the shrine inside a temple complex where the main deity is installed in an area that is in a separate building by itself inside the complex, is the most sacred site within the temple complex.

The garbha griha usually contains the murti (idol or icon), the primary focus of prayer. In temples with a spire or vimana, this chamber is placed directly underneath it, and the two them form a main vertical axis of the temple. These together may be understood to represent the axis of the world through Mount Meru. The garbha griha is usually also on the main horizontal axis of the temple which generally is an east-west axis. In those temples where there is also a cross-axis, the garbha griha is generally at their intersection.


Pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba during the Hajj

The Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, according to Islamic tradition was rebuilt by Abraham and his son Ishmael, and is the holiest place in Islam. The second holiest place is the Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, which, according to tradition, is where Muhammad is buried under the Green Dome. Caliphs Umar and Abu Bakr are also said to be buried in the Masjid al-Nabawi. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is considered the third holiest place in Islam; it was also the target of the first qibla.


The Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Kodesh Hakodashim, Judaism's Holy of Holies, was the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle in the time of Moses as described in the Torah; the term now refers to the space on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where this sanctuary was located in the Temple in Jerusalem. (This location is often, but controversially, identified as being within the footprint of the Dome of the Rock.) It could be entered by the High Priest only on Yom Kippur. Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism continue to regard the location as retaining some or all of its sanctity despite the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Entry into sanctified areas has been prohibited in recent times by powerful elements within traditional Judaism, and as a result many religious authorities prohibit or restrict entry into the Temple Mount by observant Jews. Seeing as the Dome of the Rock is located at the location of Israel's ancient Holy Temple, the Western Wall of which is still standing, the holiest site for Jewish people in modern times is most often regarded as the Western Wall. The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is the second holiest site in Judaism.


"Naikū, Ise Shrine"

Ise Shrine is the formal home of Amaterasu ōmikami, the primary deity of Shinto and traditionally believed to be a direct ancestor of the Japanese Imperial Family. It is located in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan. Access is strictly limited, with the common public allowed to see little more than the thatched roofs of the central structures, hidden behind three tall wooden fences. The Ise Shrine has a national treasure in its possession, purportedly the home of the Sacred Mirror.


Harmandir Sahib

Harmandir Sahib, or Darbar Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple), is culturally the most important shrine in Sikhism. Located in Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. It is located in the city of Amritsar, which was established by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs and the city that it was built in, is also due to the shrine, known as "Guru Di Nagri" meaning city of the Sikh Guru.

It is made from white marble to keep the ground cool and pleasant. It is laidn with real Gold which was provided by one of India's most famous kings, Mahraja Ranjit Singh.


File:Udvada Fire Temple 1905.JPG

Fire temple of Udvada

See also

  • Burial places of founders of world religions
  • Holy of Holies
  • Honden
  • Pilgrimage

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