There are some 20 plus major religions in the world today and hundreds, if not thousands more that are yet to gain a worldwide following. As a result, the world has hundreds of spiritual places just waiting to be discovered, some in the cities of the west and others buried deep in the jungles of the east. Many are easy to travel to and you can easily find private accommodation online for your spiritual journey.

A Journey through the ages

In Europe the obvious choice of destination will always be Rome and the fabulous Vatican City, home to the Vatican and of course the pope. Saint Peter’s Basilica is magnificent in its grandeur while the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s painting of God giving life to Adam is a must for the devout. If you’re feeling adventurous then contacting the Vatican directly, before your visit could lead you below by guided tour only to the tombs of the Basilica to see what some speculate to be the final resting place of St. Peter himself.

In India, in the city of Amristar, you’ll find the Harmandir Sahib, often referred to as The Golden Temple. Dating back to the 1600’s, the Harmandir Sahib literally means The Temple of God and is a prominent worship site in Sikhism. The golden structure dominates the city, it can be found resting in the middle of the Amrit Sarovar pool. The city is a wonderful place to visit and a popular tourist destination, making it easy to find private accommodation online.

Journeys for the Soul

Perhaps one of the most astounding spiritual places on earth is the historic city of Jerusalem, a place where three major faiths converge and mix, a city that holds significance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The city is home to The Wailing Wall and was the venue of the Last Supper. The culture and history of the city is obvious the very moment your eyes lay on the stonework of the old buildings and witness the pilgrims and travellers who come from every corner of the globe.

For a more natural destination, the awe inspiring Crater Lake in the U.S state of Oregon is a must. The deep blue water contrasts beautifully with the natural green surroundings and the water is some of the purest in the world. The site is sacred to The Klamath tribe, whose legends tell stories of an epic fight between the god, Skell and the god Llao, that resulted in the Mount Mazama being destroyed and leaving in its stead the Crater Lake.

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