Through travelling, you will be able to experience the interpretations primarily. Explore the spectacular, at times hostile surroundings which these beliefs may have developed and begin to understand more of those who believed.
Either we accept or not that Buddha truly made that mark on the rock or that God truly appeared on the burning bush, we cannot disregard other’s acceptance. With the presence of faith, it uplifts the spiritual places, creating them more of just a mere tree or stone. When you go to these places, maybe, just maybe you might be able to find religion. Or maybe not.
But probably you will be able to find something – knowledge, connectedness, beauty and a bit of inner peace.
5 Most Spiritual Sites in the World
1. North Island, New Zealand – The Cape Reinga
Located at the edge of Northland, wherein the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea collide, the gnarled tree of pohutukawa tree that clutches at the edge of the cliff which sends souls below towards the underworld… as stated by Maori mythology, Cape Reinga – known also as Te Reigna Wairua, “leaping-off place of spirits” – a place where the dead departs, sliding down to the old tree and unite with goddess Hinenuitepo in afterlife. It is their connection with the ancestors for Maori people. But for the visitors, it’s a breathtaking place at the end of earth.
2. Sri Lanka – Adam’s Peak
A dented rock sits at the top of the pyramid peak, in the midst of the tea country – known as sripada, or the “sacred footprint”. The believers of different religions make a stiff climb in order for them to worship at the holy heel, which depends on their faith – perhaps can be the mark of Shiva, Adam, Saint Thomas or Buddha. The pilgrim’s route leads up a 2,244m mountain along shrines, tea estates, steep steps, a forest filled with wildlife and long drops. Make the climb to have a view of devotees giving offerings and amazing highlands stretch out below.
3. Cordoba, Spain – The La Mezquita
Mezquita is a Spanish term for mosque, and the Cordoban complex truly, is way more complex than mosque. During the eighth century, succeeding the Islamic conquest in Iberia, the basilica was divided and was shared by Christians and Muslims. However, in 784 AD, a new magnificent mosque has begun constructing, with courtyard of orange-tree and a prayer hall with striped arches that seem infinite. During the 16th century, after it was reconquest by the Christians, Catholic cathedral was built inside; minaret was enclosed in bell tower. It resulted to clash of religions and architecture. However, this still one of the most striking structure in the world.
4. Peru and Bolivia – The Lake Titicaca
Glimmering at the altitude of 3,800m, this wide Lake Titicaca is central to birth of Inca civilization. King Manco Capac was the founder and is said that from the rock on Isla del Sol, he had emerged. As a result, the “Island of the sun” came to be a key religious center, and the pilgrims coming from across empire came in order to visit the shrines. At present, people sail across going to this island and walk only passing the flagstoned paths, tour at the temple ruins, dwell at the posada and enjoy those view of the snowcapped – Andes.
5. Germany – The Wittenberg
Martin Luther, a priest, and professor attached 95 theses to Wittenberg’s Schlosskirche (Castle Church) heavy doors in 1517 and changed the flow of history. His questioning document get started Protestant Reformation, the huge shake-up to a Christian world. Heavy metal door replaces the wooden doors. The church opens for tours, concerts and services. His tomb is located 289 steps up on round tower, there’s an inscription with a title of his hymns, to look over the groundbreaking medieval city.