Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sacred Destinations

I recently discovered a cool website called "Sacred Destinations." I've found it helpful to consult as I've been putting together slide show presentations of my photos from the Holy Land. And I can see how it would be an ideal site to consult while planning a trip.

Here's what the homepage says:

Nearly every culture in human history has sought to honor the divine, the mysterious, the supernatural or the extraordinary in some way. Most often this happens at sacred sites: special places where the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world. These might be awe-inspiring natural places, sites connected to a god, saint or hero, places where miracles occurred, or buildings consecrated for worship or ritual.

Sacred sites are spiritually meaningful to millions today and the ancient practice of pilgrimage is as popular as it ever was. But you don't have to be a believer to recognize that holy places, religious buildings, and sacred art are some of the most beautiful and interesting sights you'll encounter in your travels. After all, because of the great importance of the sacred, they have been lavished with the very best in artistic skill, materials, time and labor that humanity has to offer.

Sacred Destinations is an ecumenical guide to more than 1,250 sacred sites, holy places, pilgrimage destinations, religious buildings and sacred artworks in 61 countries around the world. In addition to richly illustrated articles, we offer photo galleries containing over 24,000 high-quality images plus detailed maps and lots of practical travel information. It is a big project that is being expanded almost daily. Happy exploring!

Check it out.

2 comments:

Joe Rawls said...

Thanks for this link, Bryan. I did a quick check of some of the sites in Peru, where I spent some of my misspent youth as a grad student in archaeology at UCLA. I think my wife will enjoy it as well.

Bryan Owen said...

It really is a wonderful site, isn't it? The pictures and the information are fantastic. I'm glad that you were able to reconnect with memories of your "misspent youth" with pictures from Peru on the site.