Sacred Places of a Lifetime, Second Edition



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Fully updated throughout and featuring all-new destinations, this inspirational guide highlights 500 of the world’s most spiritual places—from the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Peru to Egypt’s Mount Sinai—with unique histories and practical travel information.

Brimming with illuminating prose, stunning photographs, and expert travel advice, Sacred Places of a Lifetime explores icons, monuments, temples, and natural spaces that have been significant to cultures and religions around the world for centuries.

In this second edition, find more than 50 new sacred places, from prehistoric holy mountains—such as Ireland’s Croagh Patrick—to present-day monuments and marvels like Croatia’s Dubrovnik Cathedral. With each bucket list-worthy entry, you’ll discover each destinations history, legend, and lore, as well as how you can experience these significant locations yourself.

Alongside fascinating stories are updated maps, pilgrimage routes, and places of meditation, worship, and prayer, including St. Wandrille Abbey in France, founded in 649 and celebrated for the miracles performed by the more than 35 saints who have called it home; China’s revered Taishan mountain, which Confucius himself once summitted; Machu Picchu in Peru, whose origins lie in obscurity; and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, said by many to be the holiest city in the world. Plus, top 10 lists throughout illuminate specific sacred wonders, from the world’s most brilliant stained glass cathedrals to nocturnal celebrations.

This beautiful coffee table book answers the call of the spiritual traveler and all those interested in sites of unique cultural heritage.

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    October 1st, 2024
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