Sacred Sites of the World

Sacred sites of the World


Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England

Sacred Sites: UK

The village of Avebury in Wiltshire, England is home to the largest stone circles in Europe. Thought to be up to 5,000 years old this ancient site is traditionally recognised as being a place of great ceremonial importance and has achieved international recognition as a World Heritage Site.

Lake Atitlan

Sacred Sites: Guatemala

Lake Atitlán is a volcanic lake in the Guatemalan Highlands and is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Atitlán is surrounded by numerous sacred sites and is believed by the Maya to be the birthplace of the world.

Machu Picchu, Valley of Urubamba

Sacred Sites: Peru

Machu Picchu is an ancient 15th century Inca city, often referred to as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’. It is located above the Urubamba Valley in Cusco, Peru and is 8,000 ft above sea level. Widely acknowledged as a sacred and ceremonial site, it has been declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ol Doinyo Lengai (Mountain of God)

Sacred Sites: Tanzania

Ol Doinyo Lengai, meaning ‘Mountain of God’ in the Maasai language, is an active volcano situated in northern Tanzania. It is recognised by the Maasai as a sacred mountain and a place where they go to make offerings, conduct prayers and seek healing.

The Pyramids of Khufu, Giza, Cairo

Sacred Sites: Egypt

The Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids of Giza, Egypt. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World largely intact and still standing. It is believed to be a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and was built using over 2 millions stones.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Sacred Sites: UK

Stonehenge is a standing stones monument in Wiltshire, England believed to be around 5,000 years old. In 1986, Stonehenge was added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. One legend states that the rocks were brought by giants from Africa to Ireland for their healing properties and then subsequently bought to England by the wizard Merlin.


Sacred Sites: Mexico

Teotihuacān (Nahuatl (Aztec) for ‘the place where Gods were born’) is a sacred and ceremonial site in Mexico thought to be around 2,100 years old. It contains some of the largest pyramids in the Americas including the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon as well as extensive residential complexes and the Avenue of the Dead.

Temple of the Sun, Ingapirca, Canar Province

Sacred Sites: Ecuador

Ingapirca is an ancient Inca palace and ritual temple site in the Southern Andes region of Ecuador. The Temple of the Sun located at the site has been identified as an ancient calendar and was originally constructed to make way for the sunlight to fall through a small chamber at the top of the temple during the Summer and Winter solstices.

Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza

Sacred Sites: Mexico

The Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo) is a stepped pyramid in the centre of the sacred Chichen Itza site in Yucatán State, Mexico. It is believed that the temple was built to honour the God Kukulkan, the Mayan Feathered Serpent Deity, and is also said to have been connected with astronomy and agricultural rituals.


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