The Potala Palace

Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in the entire Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky...

Assisi – Sacred Place of Italy

North of Rome, in the quiet Umbria countryside, is the charming hill-top town of Assisi. Although its early founding remains questionable, there seems to be evidence that the town was inhabited by the Etruscans...

Jericho and the Dead Sea Caves

Israel is a land of contrasts and contradictions. It is an ancient land of enormous historical significance yet remains a divided and embattled country. It is one of the most hotly disputed territories on...

Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery have been the inspiration of Christian, Jewish, and Moslem pilgrimage for over 1,300 years. The Monastery is the oldest continuously used religious retreat on earth. Perhaps the most sacred...

America’s Stonehenge

On a hilltop near the Massachusetts border are a series of low stonewalls and cobbled rock chambers called America’s Stonehenge. The entire complex covers about 30 acres (12 ha) of hills and woodland, around...

Climbing Mount Shasta

The landmark Mount Shasta is the 14,162-foot (4,249-m) centerpiece of northern California, rising like a giant diamond in a field of evergreens. Long regarded as a place of intense energy, Mount Shasta has a...

Iao Valley – Point of Religious Activity in West Maui

Long a place of pilgrimage for the royalty and warrior classes of Maui, the Iao Valley is renowned for its unprecedented beauty. Today it continues to be one of the top tourist attractions on...

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park

Travelers who’ve been to the Grand Canyon and think they’ve seen all the Southwest has to offer when it comes to massive gorges have a surprise waiting in south-central Colorado. The Black Canyon of...

Putuo Shan – Sacred Peak

Just an hour’s flight from Shanghai, Putuo Shan is worlds away from the bustling Chinese metropolis. This tiny, 12-sq.-km (4 2 ⁄ 3 -sq.-mile) island, 32km (20 miles) off the China coast in the...

Sacred Valley of Vilcabamba

Nestled in a verdant valley tucked away in the Southern Andean highland is a location long revered by indigenous people. Vilcabamba has been termed the “sacred valley of longevity,” whose average inhabitants are said...

Pyramids of Saqqara & Dahshur

The pyramids at Giza didn’t arrive fully formed – it took the ancient Egyptians around 400 years to perfect their building art. Evidence of this architectural experimentation lies a short drive south of Giza...

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

The world-renowned basilica dominating the southwestern Montreal skyline started out as a small wooden chapel on Mount Royal. The founder was a simple brother who lived a childhood of poverty, and was orphaned at...

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