38 Awe-Inspiring Holy Places

Be astonished by a visit to these sacred spaces.

Published 20 Jan 2019, 08:50 GMT

For millennia, humans across religions and belief systems have built architectural wonders to honor higher powers. Using the finest materials and painstaking details, these buildings serve as powerful locations for religious ceremonies, while allowing travellers to discover insight into the local culture and history. Here are some of the most spectacular spiritual houses of worship around the world.

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