It is Holy Week, and this got me reassessing my bucket list, religious sites that I want to visit. Though I am Christian, I believe in tolerance, understanding and learning about new cultures and religions. And one of the best ways I have experienced is by visiting the places and taking them in first hand.
I have been blessed enough to be able to travel to a number of religious and sacred sites so far. Just last year, I visited the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, and it was absolutely exquisite. It was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
I took a tour with Context Travel to Westminster Abbey a couple of years ago and Chichen Itza, the Mayan ruins earlier this year. I visited Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro a decade ago this year. And, of course, last year I was fortunate enough to visit numerous Buddhist temples in Thailand and the Hindu Uluwatu Temple in Bali.
So when I take stock and think of the religious or sacred sites that I want to next visit and learn about, three come to mind. Here they are.
The Pyramids of Giza and Luxor Temple
The Pyramids and temples in Egypt have been in the top three items of my bucket list—period—for as long as I can remember. Since I was a child, before I even knew what a bucket list was. These amazing structures are something I have always wanted to witness for myself.
It goes beyond them being a Wonder of the World. It is so much more than that. Ever since I began learning as a child about the Egyptian civilization, a civilization of Black people who were the most advanced in intelligence, I have yearned to visit the Pyramids. This desire only intensified in my studies in college as a Black Studies double major. This is my top choice for religious and sacred sights to see in the whole world.
As an adult, the stunning photographs that I have seen of Petra, specifically, the treasury of Petra, have captivated my interested and made me want to learn more about the sacred site. Though I learned some as a child, the visual has compelled me even further to want to make the trek and visit the site myself. And, of course, while I am in Jordan, I would love to float in the Dead Sea given its proximity in the region.
Angkor Wat is almost so amazing it seems like it may not even be real. It is the largest religious monument in the world, and it literally means “Temple City” or “City of Temples.” The site in Cambodia holds significance for both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths, as it was originally a Hindu temple and was later turned into a Buddhist temple. Though built in the 12th Century, it is still used as a Buddhist place of worship today. To walk the grounds with nearly 100 temples would be an amazing experience to take it all in.
So that’s my top three. What sites do you want to visit? Sound off!