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.


Spiritual Sites in North America

Spiritual Sites in Europe

Spiritual Sites in the Middle East

Spiritual Sites in Mexico & Central & South America

Spiritual Sites in Africa 

Spiritual Sites in Asia

Spiritual Sites in the Pacific

Christian Pilgrimage Sites Around the World

Faith Traditions

Christian:  Alabama’s Ave Maria Grotto; Alabama’s Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Amish Country of Northern Indiana; On Barbados, Tours Explore Slavery History; Belgium’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 Windows; Christian Sites in Egypt (including St. Catherine’s Monastery and Coptic Cairo Sites); England’s Glastonbury; England’s Lindisfarne; England’s York Minster; England’s Whitby Abbey; Ephesus in Turkey; Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany; Florida’s St. Photios Greek Orthodox National ShrineGermany’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; Ireland’s Glendalough; 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; Latter-Day Saints Sites in New York; Lourdes, France; Martin Luther Sites in Germany; Mezquita in Spain; 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; Missouri’s Community of Christ Temple; National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Illinois; New Harmony, IndianaNew York’s Abbey of the Genesee; North Carolina’s Ben Long Frescoes; Northern Ireland:  In the Footsteps of St. Patrick; Salem, Massachusetts; Saint John’s Bible in Minnesota; The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain; Saints Center for Culture and the Arts in Stuart, IowaSantiago de Compostela, Spain; Scotland’s Iona; Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross; Seville Cathedral in Spain; South 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); Vatican Necropolis Tour; Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica; Vienna’s Most Beautiful Churches: Karlskirche & Holy Trinity; With the Mennonites (and the Eisenhowers) in Kansas; Wales’ Celtic Christian Sites; Wisconsin’s Sinsinawa Mound; Wisconsin’s Dickeyville Grotto; Wisconsin’s Holy Wisdom Monastery; 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 Center in Louisville, KentuckyGyeongju, South Korea; Indiana’s Tibetan Buddhist Temple; Iowa’s Ryumonji Zen MonasteryJapanese Tea Ceremony; Spiritual Sites in Kyoto, Japan; Sedona’s Amitabha StupaShambhala Mountain Center in Colorado; Seeing the Dalai Lama in PersonWisconsin’s Deer Park Buddhist Center (including Meaning of Tibetan Prayer Flags)

Hinduism: Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Iowa

Jewish: Israel; Masada National Park; Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago

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

Native American/First Nations/Indigenous Traditions: Ancient Ohio Trail; 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; Fremont Petroglyphs in Utah; Ganondagan and the Iroquois White Corn Project; Hawai’i’s Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical ParkIcelandic Pilgrimage; Maori Tourism in New Zealand; Mayan Sites in Mexico & GuatemalaMesa Verde Region in Colorado; Mexico City’s Templo Mayor; Mexico’s Teotihuacan; New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon; New Mexico’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Acoma PuebloPipestone National Monument in MinnesotaRosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Spiritual Traditions of Michigan’s Mackinac Island; Wounded Knee Museum in Wall, Wyoming’s Medicine Wheel

Ancient Traditions: Ancient Ohio Trail; Ancient Sites in Rome; England’s Avebury Stone Circles; England’s West Kennet Long Barrow; Cruising the Nile River (including Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, On Board a Nile Cruise, and the Temple of Philae); ; Carnuntum Roman Archeology Park in Austria; Icelandic Pilgrimage; Machu Picchu; Mayan Sites in Mexico & Guatemala; Mexico City’s Templo Mayor; Mexico’s TeotihuacanMt. Fuji, Japan; Maori Tourism in New Zealand, Stonehenge; Viking Trail in Canada (L’Anse aux Meadows), Wales’ Prehistoric Sites

Music, Literary & Philosophical Pilgrimages: Anne of Green Gables Tour of Prince Edward Island; Cornell University’s Sage Chapel: A Temple to Learning; Colombia Music & Culture Tour; Icelandic PilgrimageSurf Ballroom and Buddy Holly Plane Crash Site in Clear Lake, Iowa; Symphony in the Flint Hills; The 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: Cornell University’s Sage Chapel: A Temple to Learning; 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; Maori Tourism in New Zealand; 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, Colorado; England’s Glastonbury; Ghost 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

Destination Cemeteries and Funeral Museums: Iowa Funeral Museum; Iowa’s Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial; Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts; Terlingua Cemetery in Texas; Vatican Necropolis; Vienna’s Central Cemetery & Funeral Museum; Wisconsin’s Forest Home

Spirituality and Art: Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art

Spirituality and Food: A Vatican Tour for Foodies

Retreat Centers: Retreat Centers in the U.S.

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Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s the author of books that include Holy RoverNear the ExitThe Soul of the Family Tree, and Every Step Is HomeHer website Spiritual Travels features holy sites around the world.



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