Throughout history, humans have been closely associated with the holy shrines since their inception, and today there is no country without mosques, churches and other temples belonging to different religions. However, most of these religions are sacred especially to major temples in places which in turn have become sacred according to beliefs, which adherents of different beliefs and religions resort to for worship, supplication and pilgrimage in order to obtain intercession and draw closer to the Creator through them.
Here are the 10 most famous holy sites and religious sites in the world in pictures
1- Makkah Al-Mukarramah - Saudi Arabia Makkah al-Mukarramah is located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is considered one of the most sacred places among Muslims, as millions flock to it in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah every year to perform the Hajj, and the Kaaba is the most important part of the Grand Mosque in Makkah for its supremacy and height, and it comes in the form of a cube, and it prepares the qiblah for all Muslims perform prayers all over the world, and it was built by the Prophet Ibrahim with the help of his son Ismail.
2- Occupied Jerusalem - Palestine "Al-Quds" is located in the middle of "Palestine" in the eastern Mediterranean. "Al-Quds" has also been called "Zahrat Al-Madaen". "Al-Quds" is also considered a holy city for followers of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In 1948 AD, armed Zionist organizations occupied the western part of Jerusalem, while in 1967 AD the eastern part was occupied, and the Israeli Knesset approved annexing the two parts of Jerusalem. And, in the year 1980 AD, the Knesset issued a resolution declaring "occupied Jerusalem" the capital of Israel. Since 1967, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been subjected to several attacks, including: destruction, demolition, arson, shooting and provocation of worshipers, as well as several massacres against the Palestinians.
3- Vatican - Italy The "Vatican" is the smallest country in the world, it is located in the center of the Italian capital, "Rome", and is considered the main seat of the Catholic Christian faith, which is practiced by about one billion people, which is considered a center of spiritual leadership for them. Visitors to the Manoul at Rome airport, and then travel by land to the Vatican, which receives millions annually. The most important sacred religious sites in the Vatican are the “St. Peter's Basilica” and the “Apostolic Palace”, as well as the gardens and the Vatican Library.
4- Varanasi - India The Indian city of "Varanasi" is located on the west bank of the "Ganges" river. It is also known as "Penars". It is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world since about 1,000 BC. It is also an important holy city for Hindus and Buddhists. Legend says that this city may It was founded by the Hindu deity “Shiva” nearly 5,000 years ago.
5- Mahabodhi Temple - India The “Mahabodhi” temple is located on the bank of the “Niranyana” river in India, and it is considered one of the most important Buddhist religious beliefs. It is also the main seat of the “Mahbudi” tree, which was said that “Guatama Siddhartha” sat beneath it and came to him with knowledge and enlightenment to become the famous “Buddha”, visiting “Mahabodhi Temple” has thousands of Buddhists from all over the world, and the temple is distinguished by its historical and pyramidal architecture.
6- Hagia Sophia Museum - Turkey The Hagia Sophia Museum is located in Istanbul, Turkey, and was a cathedral before it was converted into a mosque, and then into a religious museum in 1923 AD. The Emperor "Justinian" built the Church "Hagia Sophia" in 532 AD and it took about 5 years to build it inaugurated in 537 AD, so the church became the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and in the fifteenth century after the Ottoman conquest, the church was converted into a mosque, and Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror added The dome is above it. In 1934 AD, “Kemal Ataturk” turned it into a religious museum, and the “Hagia Sophia” museum now combines Byzantine architecture and Ottoman Islamic architecture.
7- Stonehenge Temple - England The "Stonehenge Temple" is located in England, and some believe that it is one of the most important religious holy sites in the history of mankind and its construction dates back about 5,000 years, that is, in the late Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age. There are many questions about how to construct and control stones and raise them on top of each other in a circular motion without Mechanical cranes and modern machines. The "Temple of Stonehenge" was built in three stages: the first stage was in 2900 BC, which consisted of a circular trench with a diameter of 110 meters and a depth of 1.5 meters, and 56 cavities were built on the inner edge of the trench to install wooden pillars, while the second stage continued from the year 2900 BC. Until the year 2500 BC, wooden pillars were erected and erected in the northeastern area of the trench, that is, next to the entrance to the temple, while the third and final phase continued to be built from 2550 BC until 1600 BC, this construction included the transportation of 80 columns of blue volcanic rocks. Each rock weighs about 4 tons, and was erected near the site of the temple in the form of two overlapping circles.
8- Harmandir Sahib Temple - India The “Harmandir Temple” is located in the city “Amer Yusar” in the Indian state of Punjab. It is considered one of the most important places of worship for the Sikh faith and is also called the “Golden Temple”. The heavenly religions for the worship of God, this temple contains 4 doors to indicate welcoming everyone without exception, and it is of great importance especially to the Sikhs, where about a thousand people urge him daily to visit the holy shrine and worship
9- The Bahai Gardens - Haifa - Palestine The “Baha'i Gardens” are located on Mount Carmel and extend hectares down to the sea of the city of “Haifa” in occupied Palestine, and are considered a symbol of the heritage of Haifa. Approximately 5 million people visit these gardens, and it has a great position among the Palestinians, as it is the site of the presence of two shrines of the most prominent clerics in the Baha'i faith. The preacher of the Baha'i faith, who was killed in 1850 CE and whose remains were transferred to Haifa.
10- Nottdam Cathedral - Paris - France The famous “Notre Dame Cathedral” is located on the Seine River in the center of Paris, France. It is considered a symbol of the Catholic Christian religion. The cathedral building represents a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and it is one of the most important monuments in the world and was visited by many, built in the twelfth century . On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out in which its fire engulfed the upper part of the cathedral, including the bell tower and the central spire, which collapsed, and their destruction caused a great shock to many, and the cause of this fire is not known yet. It is mentioned that the “historic Notre Dame Cathedral” is about 850 years linked to the famous novel by the French writer "Victor Hugo", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", which is visited by about 13 million tourists annually, and it has been listed on the list of "UNESCO World Heritage" since 1991 AD
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