Spiritual Sites Around the World

The Temple to Vesta in the Roman Forum. (Bob Sessions photo)

Author Lori Erickson invites you to learn about spiritual sites around the world by clicking on the destinations or regions below. You can also use the search box in the upper right corner of the page.


Spiritual Sites in North America

Spiritual Sites in Europe

Spiritual Sites in the Middle East

Spiritual Sites in Central & South America

Spiritual Sites in Africa 

Spiritual Sites in Asia

Spiritual Sites in the Pacific

Faith Traditions

Christian:  Amish Country of Northern Indiana; Barbados Historical TourBelgium’s Shrine to Father Damien; Black Angel of Council Bluffs, IowaBruges, BelgiumCeltic Christian Sites in Ireland and Great Britain; New Mexico’s Center for Action and ContemplationChimayo, New Mexico, Healing ShrineChristian Pilgrimage Sites Around the World; Cornell University’s Sage ChapelDubuque’s Tiffany WindowsEgyptian Christian Sites; Ephesus in Turkey; Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany; Germany’s Hildegard of Bingen SitesGermany: Pilgrimage Sites Along the Rhine River; Germany: St. Apollinaris Church in Remagen; Grand Beguinage of Leuven, Belgium; Icelandic PilgrimageIndiana’s Saint Meinrad ArchabbeyIowa’s Grotto of the RedemptionIowa’s New Melleray Abbey; Israel (including Bethlehem, Masada National Park, Capernaum, Nazareth, Dead Sea, and Galilee and the Jordan River; Jerusalem: The Holy City (including Church of the Holy SepulchreThe Mount of OlivesIsrael Museum & The Shrine of the Book, St. George’s Cathedral & Garden Tomb, and Jerusalem History); Kentucky’s Shaker Village of Pleasant HillLake of the Ozark’s National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church; Latter-Day Saints Landmarks in Independence, Missouri; Lourdes, France; Martin Luther Sites in Germany; Mexico City’s Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe; Michigan’s Bay View AssociationMichigan’s National Shrine of the Cross in the WoodsMilwaukee’s St. Joan of Arc Chapel; Milwaukee’s Basilica of Saint Josaphat; Missouri’s National Churchill Museum and Church of St. Mary the VirginNational Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Illinois; New Harmony, IndianaNew York’s Abbey of the Genesee; New York’s Mormon sites near Palmyra; North Carolina’s Ben Long Frescoes; Northern Ireland:  In the Footsteps of St. Patrick; Salem, Massachusetts; Saints Center for Culture and the Arts in Stuart, IowaSantiago de Compostela, Spain; Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy CrossSouth Dakota’s StavkirkeSt. Anne’s Shrine in WisconsinSt. Louis Churches; Taizé Community in FranceTemple Square in Salt Lake City, UtahThomas Merton Tour in Kentucky; Turkey’s Holy Sites (including Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, EphesusHouse of the Virgin Mary, and Pergamum); Vienna’s Most Beautiful Churches: Karlskirche & Holy TrinityWhitby, England; With the Mennonites (and the Eisenhowers) in KansasWisconsin’s Sinsinawa Mound; Wisconsin’s Dickeyville Grotto; Wisconsin’s Our Lady of Guadalupe ShrineWisconsin’s St. Isaac of Syria SketeZaragoza, Spain: Our Lady of Pilar

BuddhistBeomeosa Temple, South Korea; Drepung Gomang Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Louisville, KentuckyGyeongju, South Korea; Iowa’s Ryumonji Zen MonasteryJapanese Tea Ceremony; Kyoto, Japan; Sedona’s Amitabha StupaShambhala Mountain Center in Colorado; Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center/Kumbum Temple in Bloomington, Indiana; Seeing the Dalai Lama in PersonWisconsin’s Deer Park Buddhist Center

Hinduism: Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Iowa

Jewish: IsraelSpertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago

Islamic: The Thriving Arab American Community of Dearborn, MichiganIstanbul’s Blue Mosque; Istanbul’s Pavilion of the Holy Mantle; Whirling Dervishes

Native American/First Nations/Indigenous Traditions: Aztec History at Mexico’s National Museum of AnthropologyAlbuquerque’s Gathering of Nations Pow WowBadlands National Park in South Dakota; Bear Butte in South DakotaCahokia Mounds in Illinois; Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado; Crazy Horse Memorial in South DakotaDevils Tower in WyomingEffigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa; Ganondagan and the Iroquois White Corn Project; Mayan Sites in Mexico & GuatemalaMesa Verde Region in Colorado; Mexico City’s Templo Mayor; Mexico’s TeotihuacanNew Mexico’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Acoma Pueblo; Michigan’s Mackinac IslandPipestone National Monument in MinnesotaRosebud Indian Reservation in South DakotaWounded Knee Museum in Wall, Wyoming’s Medicine Wheel

Ancient TraditionsEgyptian Ancient Sites; Exploring Ancient History in RomeIcelandic Pilgrimage; Machu Picchu; Mayan Sites in Mexico & Guatemala; Mexico City’s Templo Mayor; Mexico’s TeotihuacanMt. Fuji, Japan; Maori Culture in New Zealand, Viking Trail in Canada (L’Anse aux Meadows)With the God Mithras at Austria’s Carnuntum Roman Museum

Music, Literary & Philosophical Pilgrimages: Colombia Reborn; Icelandic PilgrimageSurf Ballroom and Buddy Holly Plane Crash Site in Clear Lake, IowaThe Transcendentalist Trail in Concord, Massachusetts, Vienna’s Central Cemetery; Viking Trail in Canada (L’Anse aux Meadows);

Hallowed Ground:  D-Day Sites in Normandy, France, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in WyomingIowa’s Freedom Rocks, Terlingua Cemetery in Texas 

Interfaith: Crestone, ColoradoNew Harmony, IndianaLouisville’s Festival of Faiths 

Spiritual Experiences in Nature: Badlands National Park: Fierce Beauty; Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in ColoradoDeVoto Memorial Cedar Grove in Idaho; Icelandic PilgrimageIowa City’s Harvest Preserve and Sacred Stone Circle; Symphony in the Flint Hills of Kansas: the Spirituality of MusicUtah’s Canyonlands Region (including Fremont Petroglyphs); Walter Anderson Museum of Art in MississippiWolf-Watching in Yellowstone National Park

New Age, Off-Beat and Quirky Destinations: Crestone, ColoradoGhost Hunting at Waverly Hills in Louisville, Kentucky; Gothic Milwaukee Ghost Tours in WisconsinIcelandic Pilgrimage; Iowa’s Freedom RocksLeila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri; The New Age Capital of Sedona, Arizona, Vienna’s Central Cemetery and Funeral Museum

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Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s the author of the Near the Exit: Travels With the Not-So-Grim Reaper and Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Her website Spiritual Travels features holy sites around the world.



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