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IMPORTANT PILGRIMAGE SITE near Beirut. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, known as 'Notre Dame du Liban' whose last appearance was on May 29, 2011.Lebanon
HILLTOWN on the right bank of the Musone river. Mostly famous as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site.Italy
CITY in the Tampa Bay Area. Spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology religion.U.S.A.
CAPITAL CITY. Holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Middle East
HOLY CITY in southern Iraq for Shi'a Muslims, who consider its Imam Ali Mosque as the third holiest shrine in the world.Iraq
ANCIENT CITY known for the 7 Sleepers, saints for Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Nearby a Christian and Muslim shrine is believed to be the last residence of Virgin Mary.Turkey
CITY founded on the Shawmut Peninsula by Puritan colonists from England in 1630. Home to world headquarters of the Christian Science faith, also known as the Mother Church.U.S.A.
CITY. One of the 5 sacred 'dhams' (pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus). Often called 'Tirth Raj' (the king of pilgrimage sites).India
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE of more than 2,200 temples and pagodas, built by the ancient kings to earn religious merit.Myanmar
SMALL TOWN home to one of the world's most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches. Holiest city in the country after Aksum.Ethiopia
IMPORTANT PRE-COLUMBIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, regarded by Incas as the site of creation by their god Viracoca, who rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca.Bolivia
CITY in southwestern Shandong province. Hometown of Confucius, who is traditionally believed to have been born at the nearby Mount Ni.China
MEDIEVAL CITY. Important fFor pilgrims, because of its association with the great mystic and reformer St. Teresa de Jesus, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church.Spain
CAPITAL CITY. In its Jewish Quarter (Josefov) there is the Europe's oldest active synagogue.Central Europe
MOUNTAIN named for the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi and sacred to the Shinto goddess Sengen-Sama, whose shrine is found at the summit.Japan
CAPITAL CITY where there is the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world.Southern Asia
ANCIENT SACRED CITY. Its name means 'place where gods were born', reflecting the Aztec belief about the creation of the universe.Among its remarkable ruins, the Pyramid of the SunMexico
CAPITAL CITY where there is the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism. Place of the Marian apparition to Juan Diego in 1531.Latin America
TOWN known for the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when 3 peasant children claimed to have seen the 'Virgin of the Rosary'.Portugal
CITY in the central West Bank. Identified in the New Testament as the birthplace of Jesus.Palestinian territories
CITY in southern Honshu. Nicknamed 'Shinto' that roughly means 'The Holy City'. Home to the Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shintō Shrine in Japan.Japan
TOWN famous for being home to the Holy Trinity Lavra, the most important monastery in Russia and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity.Russia
CITY in Punjab. Home to the 'Harmandir Sahib' (the Golden Temple), the holiest site in Sikhism.India
SACRED CITY. One of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt. Notable for the memorial temple of Seti I containing a famous list of pharaohs.Egypt
CITY whose name means 'places of the gods'. Traditional residence of the Dalai Lama.China
CAPITAL CITY where is situated the 'Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix', the largest church in the world, having surpassed, upon completion, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.Western Africa
SPECIAL TERRITORY whose name is connected to the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. Famous for its monumental statues (moai), erected by the Rapa Nui people.Chile
SOVEREIGN TERRITORY of the Holy See and location of the Pope's residence.Italy
ANCIENT CAPITAL of the Khmer kingdom, whose temple complex, built for the king Suryavarman II, is believed to be the largest religious structure in the world.Cambodia
HISTORIC CITY in the Sacred Valley of the Andes. Gateway to the imperial city of Machu Picchu. Known as the archaeological capital of the Americas.Peru
CITY on the banks of the River Ganges. Holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.India
BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE SITE near the Indian border. Traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.Nepal
CITY home of the Cao Dai religion, a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism.Vietnam
CITY in the southern West Bank. 2nd-holiest city in Judaism for containing the traditional burial site of the biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs.Palestinian territories
CITY on the western flank of Monte Subasio. Major Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries as the birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order.Italy
LARGEST OF THE RUINED MAYAN CITIES on the Yucatán Peninsula. A center of Mayan pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, to sacrify objects and human beings to the rain god Chaac.Mexico
HOLY CITY in Islam. Burial place of the Prophet Muhammad. Historically significant for being his home after the Hijrah.Saudi Arabia
CITY considered as the future location of the New Jerusalem by the Latter Day Saint movement.U.S.A.
SYSTEM OF BUDDHIST CAVE TEMPLES near the city of Dunhuang. Center of culture on the Silk Road (4th/14th centuries) containing a religious artworks spanning that entire period.China
CITY on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Important intellectual and spiritual center for the Islamic world from the 13th to the 17th century. Famous for its Manuscripts.Mali
TOWN. Popular site of religious pilgrimage since 1981, due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics.Bosnia and Herzegovina
COASTAL TOWN in Gujarat. Renowned for its Zoroastrian Atash Behram, the most sacred of the Fire Temples in India and the oldest continuously burning fire-temple fire in the world.India
CITY in the West Bank. Described in the Hebrew Bible as the 'City of Palm Trees'. Along the road to this city was the location of the Good Samaritan's charity.Palestinian territories
CITY founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon followers. Home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.U.S.A.
HIGHEST FRESHWATER LAKE in the world at the foot of Mount Kailash in Tibet. Holiest lake in Asia. Important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike.China
ONE OF THE HOLIEST CITIES in Shi'a Islam, because it is the site of the Shrine of Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a much-revered Shi'a martyr.Iraq
RIVER running from the western Himalayas into the Bay of Bengal. The most sacred river to HindusSouthern Asia
CITY at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers. Known for the Mount Emei Scenic Area, including the Giant Buddha, the largest stone-carved buddha in the world.China
MASSIVE SANDSTONE ROCK. Sacred to the Aborigines, because inhabited by the spirits of their ancestral creator beings. In recent years, important for New Age practitioners.Australia
ISLAND. Important pilgrimage center in the ancient Greek world, due to its famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite. A rock off the shores of Paphos is regarded as her legendary birthplace.Eastern Mediterranean
CAPITAL CITY locally known as 'Krung Thep' (the City of Angels). Filled with fascinating 'wats', adorned with religious treasures and populated by orange-clad monks.Southeastern Asia
TOWN in Burgundy. Famed for its Abbey, center of a major monastic movement in the Middle Ages and largest Christian building in the world before the rebuilt of St. Peter in Rome.France
HOLIEST CITY in Central Asia. Once home to more than 300 mosques and 100 medressas, it was the region's religious and cultural heart in the 9th and 10th centuries.Uzbekistan
DIAMOND-SHAPED PEAK in the Himalayas. Source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. Sacred to four faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bön.China
TOWN in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Famous for the Marian apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous.France
HOLIEST CITY in Islam. Birthplace of prophet Muhammad and a site of the composition of the Quran.Saudi Arabia
CITY on the Sea of Galilee. Considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities. Nearby, the Tomb of Jethro is the most important religious site for the Druze community.Israel
CITY in the Verde Valley of Arizona. Renowned for its red sandstone formations, important to Native Americans and believed by New Age adherents to emanates a mystical power.U.S.A.
TOWN in the Inland Niger Delta region. Famous for its distinctive mud-brick architecture. Its Great Mosque is the largest mud brick building in the world.Mali
MOUNTAIN mentioned in the Torah, in the Bible and in the Quran. According to Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition, iti was the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.Egypt
RIVER in West Asia flowing to the Dead Sea. In Christian tradition, Jesus was baptised in it by John the Baptist.Middle East
CITY considered holy by Shi'a Islam. Largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world and significant destination of pilgrimage, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Masume.Iran
CITY in the Flemish Region. Home to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, an important Catholic shrine that is said to hold the very blood of Christ.Belgium
CITY known as 'The Holy City', due to the prominence of churches and steeples and for being one of the few cities in the original 13 colonies to provide religious toleranceU.S.A.
MOUNTAIN near Madaba. Important place of Christian pilgrimage because it is believed to be the mountain from which Moses viewed the Promised Land and where he is buried.Jordan
RUINED HELLENISTIC-ROMAN WALLED CITY. Dubbed the 'Pompeii of the Syrian Desert' due to its remarkable preservation. Among other important ruins, the oldest synaogogue ever found.Syria
MYSTICAL SITE. Prehistoric mysterious circle of upright stones. Place of pilgrimage for believers of the Druids or other forms of Celtic paganism, and for New Age devotees.United Kingdom
ONE OF THE HOLIEST CITY in Islam. Its Great Mosque was the first Muslim place of prayer in North Africa. It's been said that 7 pilgrimages here are the equivalent of one to MeccaTunisia
HISTORIC CATHEDRAL CITY considered the spiritual capital of England. Pilgrimage site since the death of Thomas Becket in 1170. Its Archibishop is the symbolic head of AnglicanismUnited Kingdom
CITY on the Warta River. Known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, home of the Black Madonna painting.Poland
AUTONOMOUS MONASTIC STATE. Locally known as the 'Holy Mountain'. Spiritually under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.Greece
FORMER CAPITAL CITY, known as 'the city of a thousand temples', for its unparalleled collection of temples and shrines, built for emperors, shoguns, geishas and monks.Eastern Asia
CITY described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus. Center of Christian pilgrimage, even if it is considered as 'the Arab capital of Israel'.Israel
CITY on the slopes of Mount Carmel. 2nd holiest place on Earth for the Bahá'í Faith after Acre, as the location for the remains of their prophet, the Báb.Israel
MOUNTAIN on the south bank of the Yellow River. One of the 5 sacred Taoist mountains of China. Home to the Shaolin Temple, traditionally considered the birthplace of Zen Buddhism.China
TOWN situated on the ancient Silk Road. Known for the colossal statues on the cliff face of a mountain nearby, where there is the world's tallest standing statue of Buddha.Afghanistan
TOWN on the river Elbe. Historically important for the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. On the door of its Schlosskirche in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses.Germany
CITY on the left bank of the Rhône river. Often referred to as the 'City of Popes' because of the presence of popes and antipopes during the Catholic schism.France
HISTORIC CITY. In antiquity, capital of the Roman region of Cilicia. Known as the birthplace of Paul the Apostle.Turkey
CAPITAL CITY of Galicia. Destination today, as it has been throughout history, of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route 'the Way of St. James'.Spain

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