Holiest place

The most holy place of a religion

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Ambohimanga holiest place for the Malagasi people
Bahá’i Holy Places Shrine of the Bahá'u'lláh in Acre
Chichen-Itza Although the Mayan religion was in general decentralised, Chichen Itza was its largest centre and the most significant pilgrimage site in the Mayan states
Cuzco The Temple of the Sun was holiest place for the Inca.
Gusuku of Ryukyu Seifa-utaki is a Shinto Shrine and the holiest place of Okinawan local religions
Lake Baikal Shaman Rock at Olkhon is the holiest place for the Buryats, Yakuts and Altais.
Lumbini One of four holiest Buddhist places: Lumbini (Birthplace), Bodhgaya - Mahabodhi Temple (enlightenment), Sarnath (first sermon) and Kushinagar (nirvana)
Mahabodhi Temple Complex Buddhism
Mexico City and Xochimilco Templo Mayor was the holiest site in the Aztec religion
Old City of Acre Baha'i
Old City of Jerusalem Christianity, Judaism
Orkhon Valley Ötüken to the ancient Turks
Takht-e Soleyman Zoroastrianism
Taputapuātea As the ancestral homeland of Polynesian culture, Taputapuātea is of outstanding significance for people throughout the whole of Polynesia, for the way it symbolises their origins, connects them with ancestors and as an expression of their spirituality (AB ev)
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius Confucianism
Tombs of Buganda Kings The site is the major spiritual centre for the Baganda where traditional and cultural practices have been preserved. The Kasubi Tombs are the most active religious place in the kingdom (unesco website)


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