Tag: religion

  • Varanasi, India - Between Life and Death at the Bathing Ghats

    written by bravebird on 2011-01-30 #places
    Varanasi, India - Between Life and Death at the Bathing Ghats

    Sin and luck, death, birth and reincarnation - all combined in one of the most fascinating, oldest and holiest cities of India. Hindu pilgrims gather from all over the country to wash themselves free of all sin and guilt at the shores of the river Ganges. In addition to that, an old ritual attracts thousands of pilgrims: they seek to cremate their relatives at the burning ghats of the river.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: Pura Besakih, The Mothertemple of Bali

    written by wil6ka on 2016-05-20 #places
    The World According to Herr Willie: Pura Besakih, The Mothertemple of Bali

    On my birthday, I climbed the holiest mountain of Bali on a genuine pilgrimage. Walking towards Pura Besakih is also a tale about Balinese Hinduism, which is a singularity in Indonesia. So tighten your sarong around your hips and stick with me on this spiritual passage through the gates of heaven.

  • Dead Sea Beaches

    written by jogintas on 2009-07-03 #places
    Dead Sea Beaches

    The Dead Sea with salty water let's you float so you can not drown...

  • Tevaitoa

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-21 #places

    There's one very special place on Raiatea I'd like to show you: it's located in the village of Tevaitoa on the west coast. This village has a place that can perfectly symbolize 3 important moments of the history of Raiatea and Polynesia. On the same place you can find a marae, a protestant church and a battlefield of and ultimate fight against the french army in 1897...

  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Spirit of Jogja

    written by wil6ka on 2015-11-03 #places
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Spirit of Jogja

    It is the marvel of Java, the cultural center of Indonesia: Yogyakarta, or, as we assimilated locals call it, Jogja! Jogja is full of historic sites and exudes a very adventurous yet welcoming spirit. It is a true multireligious melting pot that has seen kings and sultans come and go, and religions introduced and either went or stayed. Time has been gentle on Jogja. It's one of my most favorite cities in Asia.

  • La Mezquita: the Mosque of Cordoba

    written by neja on 2011-10-21 #places
    La Mezquita: the Mosque of Cordoba

    The Mezquita, the jewel of Andalusia. To be honest, I didn't know anything about Cordoba when we went there. I heard it was worth visiting, but I didn't know why.

  • The Great Mosque of Touba (Sénégal)

    written by azurblue on 2010-02-25 #places
    The Great Mosque of Touba (Sénégal)

    The Great Mosque of Touba, though it is not well not outside Sénégal - is one of the largest mosque of Africa.

  • Marae of Taputapuatea

    written by vicuna on 2010-02-21 #places
    Marae of Taputapuatea

    When I arrived on Raiatea last summer and asked people what could be interesting to visit on this island, all told me "marae of Taputapuatea".... sorry, but "mara-what of Tapauatatu what????" Didn't absolutely understand what was the name of this place and what it could be.... Curious to know more about this strange place? Don't worry, I'll explain it to you :)

  • To Russia with Love: Church of the Savior on Blood, St Petersburg

    written by neja on 2012-11-06 #places
    To Russia with Love: Church of the Savior on Blood, St Petersburg

    One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Russia. Church of the Savior on Blood has a long and troubled history. One could say it is a miracle that we can still go to St Petersburg and enjoy seeing it.

  • Catedral de Sal, Zipaquira, Colombia

    written by lolfox on 2009-09-21 #places
    Catedral de Sal, Zipaquira, Colombia

    An underground cathedral built entirely out of salt... lick the walls if you don't believe it. It's somehow hard to take pictures in this place, you need long exposures, or maybe high ISO film.

  • La "Bonne Mère" or Basilica "Notre dame de la Garde" of Marseille

    written by vicuna on 2009-06-11 #places
    La "Bonne Mère" or Basilica "Notre dame de la Garde" of Marseille

    If you ask anyone from Marseille what building is the symbol of the town, they will all answer you "La Bonne Mère"! Indeed, the "Good Mother" is the main cathedral of Marseille and is the holy protector of the whole city and people of Marseille

  • Church-Hopping Around Macau Island

    written by syyip22 on 2010-12-07 #places
    Church-Hopping Around Macau Island

    I'm a free thinker when it comes to religion but has always been obsessed by the craftsmanship of buildings - especially churches. Besides that, I've always been attracted to the holy and tranquil atmosphere inside churches. I always feel calm and peaceful inside as if there's nothing to fear. Therefore, whenever traveling to another country, I always include visiting churches to my itinerary.

  • St. Archangel Michael Church in Marijampolė

    written by dogma on 2010-02-01 #places
    St. Archangel Michael Church in Marijampolė

    In my city, Marijampolė, catholic people have two places to visit on Sundays. One of them is St. Archangel Michael Church and another St. Vincent Saint Paul Church. Both of them have a great history and interesting facts, but for now lets have a closer look at the St. Archangel Michael Church.

  • Voodoo Spiritual Temple (New Orleans)

    written by kylethefrench on 2008-07-25 #places
    Voodoo Spiritual Temple (New Orleans)

    We went on an old time cemetery tour in New Orleans then our guide dropped us off at this weird spiritual center on rampart in a sketchy ass section of town. We go in and the place is a wet mess, stuff just everywhere in the gift shop, all dusty. Then this wacky priestess takes us in her backyard and into what was another building and it was a big room just filled with crap and rolled up money and candles and what not.

  • St Vincent day in Valencia, Spain

    written by neja on 2010-06-24 #places
    St Vincent day in Valencia, Spain

    23 of January- Holiday of the St.Vincent Martyr, the patron of Valencia. San Vicente Martír was born in Huesca in the 4th century, and studied religion in Zaragoza. In those days, Christianity was more like a cult, and the Roman emperors still in charge looked upon it disfavorably.

  • The Oldest and Lowest City in the World - Jericho, Israel

    written by jogintas on 2009-07-08 #places
    The Oldest and Lowest City in the World - Jericho, Israel

    Jericho is the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth. It is also believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. Want to join?

  • Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland

    written by wil6ka on 2009-02-04 #places
    Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland

    Since Reykjavik is a very small capital you really can walk to Hallgrímskirkja on foot. And hence it’s so huge you probably see the tip of it from every point of the city. Interesting how the Icelandic people deal with religion. Surely it means a great deal to the people if you live on a cold rock with nothing on but ice. But with their special and awkwardly great sense for style and design they have set their mark even on the architecture of sacred places.

  • Holy Land USA

    written by kylethefrench on 2008-07-22 #places
    Holy Land USA

    As a kid I used to be in the station wagon on the highway and when we would get to Waterbury Connecticut I would see a giant neon cross on top of a hill. I spent my whole life wondering what that was and then when I found out what it was,I Lomoed it up there one Saturday.

  • Vatican Museums

    written by golfpunkgirl on 2008-04-27 #places
    Vatican Museums

    I've never been a huge fan of museums because frankly while traveling, I'd rather see the beautiful cityscape and enjoy mingling with the locals while sampling the country's speciality dishes however the Vatican museums are definitely an exception.

  • The Sea of Galilee

    written by jogintas on 2009-08-13 #places
    The Sea of Galilee

    The lowest freshwater lake in Earth has a lot to offer: strong both - in religion and nature...

  • 7 mosques of Bani

    written by vicuna on 2008-12-04 #places
    7 mosques of Bani

    The 7 mosques of Bani are one of the most important religious and cultural places of Burkina Faso and Sahel area. Bani is a little city (4000 people are living there)in the north part of the country and is famous for this amazing architectural construction of 7 mosques.

  • Mustallik - Independance Square Tashkent

    written by wil6ka on 2008-09-23 #places
    Mustallik - Independance Square Tashkent

    The biggest square in Toshkent is he independence square. With the change of Politics it changed it face and its significance over the decades and serves as a good example for the east in general. First it was the Cathedral Square fort he Orthodox Church, as the Russian Empire conquered the region.

  • Main Cemetery Frankfurt: A Place of Peace

    written by xxxanderrr on 2011-10-11 #places
    Main Cemetery Frankfurt: A Place of Peace

    Open since 1828, the Main Cemetery of Frankfurt offers a place of peace for those who passed on and those who were left behind. It is a place of calm, and one might think it's drowned in sorrow and perhaps to an extent it is. . . for only when directly confronted with death do you realize the magnificence of life.

  • The Mosta Dome

    written by webo29 on 2011-08-24 #places
    The Mosta Dome

    It’s pretty and imposing to look at but trust me, you don’t want to be sleeping next to it. Read on for an insider’s opinion about Mosta’s landmark church: The Rotunda.

  • Elx, the City of the Palm Trees.

    written by saidseni on 2010-07-19 #places
    Elx, the City of the Palm Trees.

    Elche is a small desert-like city in the Spanish Valencia Community. It's name in Valencian is Elx and it is best known for its palm trees.

  • Templo de Santiago de Tupátaro

    written by lomollete on 2009-03-27 #places
    Templo de Santiago de Tupátaro

    This pretty sixteenth century church is a great place to go, see, and shoot.

  • Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal

    written by eazy360 on 2009-03-10 #places
    Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal

    Religious revelry and local fanfare characterize most festivals in the Philippine islands. One such festive celebration occurs a stone's throw away from Metro Manila. Every November 23, the lakeside town of Angono in Rizal province wakes up to a big and bright celebration in honor of the town's patron, St. Clement.

  • Cathedral de Sacré Coeur

    written by wil6ka on 2009-01-04 #places
    Cathedral de Sacré Coeur

    This is one site - that is, as far as I know, not mentioned in any travel book - but for me it is a very astonishing place: The Cathedral de Sacré Coeur in Oran (Algeria). During the French occupation in Algeria the authorities turned the Islamic state bit by bit into a Christian copy of France.

  • Trnava

    written by tom_ashor_bhaan on 2008-07-31 #places

    The city lies at the crossroads of two roads of international importance; from the Czech Republic to southern Slovakia and from Bratislava to northern Slovakia. The D1 motorway connects the city to Bratislava, Trenčín and Žilina and the R1 motor road connects it to Nitra. A part of a planned bypass is currently under construction.

  • Sagrada Familia in night

    written by vicuna on 2008-04-27 #places
    Sagrada Familia in night

    The well-known Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is perhaps one of the last great "century's constructions" of a cathedral, and like in the middle-ages the construction lasts for over then a century now (since 1882!!) and it's still not finished... If you want the whole story about the Sagrada, have a look at the official website (link below) but if you're in Barcelona, you must go visit the place, and the best moment for me is during the night! Until midnight, the cathedral lights are on, and the place takes a different face from the day, much more impressive, the shadows and colours of the light gives you the impression of a living beast in the middle of the city: it's alive!! Turn around the whole building and it will change its face, staring at you at every moment with a different face! :) It's a fascinating experience to visit this huge building at night, very different from the day (but it's very impressing at daylight too!) and gives you the opportunity to make cool pictures, of course!