Chichen Itza
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Holiest place

The most holy place of a religion

The connection belongs to Religion and Belief connections.

Connected Sites

  • 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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