The world is full of religions, from animal worshippers, statue worshipers and even sea worshippers to those that believe in a God that lives in the sky. Whatever the disparity in the believes, the truth remains that all those who are worshipping one kind of god or another are all searching for the same thing; that peace that surpasses all understanding when you know God. Irrespective of whom they call their god the billions of people around the world all believe there is something sacred in worshipping God.
That is why it comes as no surprise that there are some cities around the world which have become known for their promotion of different religions through the presence of prayer grounds or pilgrimage areas. The top five religious cities in the world are listed below.
Even if you are not a Muslim, you surely already know Mecca is the pilgrim’s city. Each year millions of Muslims throng to Mecca for the yearly pilgrimage. This journey which to non Muslim may sound like a touristic visit, to a Muslim, this may be the most important trip they will ever make in their life when it comes to religion. All Muslims are required to visit Mecca at least once in their lifetime. Non Muslims are strictly forbidden from entering this holy city.
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There is no denying that the Catholic Church has played a huge role in the Christian religion. The Vatican City which is the heart of Roman Catholic Church is a religious city that has managed to keep its identity for thousands of years. This city also happens to be a country of its own with its own government headed by the Pope. Every year millions of Christian flock to the Vatican either to visit or to pray. Huge attractions are the St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
This Tibetan city was home to the Dhala Lamas who ruled Tibet in the past for many years until Chinese invasion led to the fleeing of the last Dhal Lama. The name Lhasa means Place of the Gods and each year millions of Tibetans go there to pray. The city is home to many interesting temples that have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites. Today there are more Chinese that Tibetans in the area but the religion is still fairing well.
This small city in Israel plays a central role in the Christian religion with the birth of King David and the central figure of the Christian Bible Jesus Christ happening there. Many Christians travel to this city each year especially during the Easter and during Christmas. The main attraction is the church of the nativity which is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
This city in India is believed to have been started by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. It is a pilgrim area for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Millions of people travel to this city to pray for penitence for their sins. They believe that by bathing in River Ganges your sins will be forgiven.
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