Kirstin Riddle shares 7 of the best sacred sites from around the world and explains why you should visit them.
1 Mount Fiji
The highest mountain in Japan, this perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped for centuries, and continues to attract thousands of people from all over the world. Thought to help those climbing its heights attain spiritual enlightenment, it takes its name from the term ‘fushi’, meaning ‘everlasting life’.
Probably the most famous stone circle in the world, Stonehenge is a megalithic collection of 150 rocks placed in a circular pattern, situated on the Salisbury Plain. Initially thought to have been built by the Celts, it’s now known to have already existed for some time before their arrival in Britain and was actually developed in a number of stages – the first of which dates all the way back to 2180 B.C. Over the centuries, it’s become a popular worshipping site for druids, many of whom frequently go there to connect with the power of the Sun.
Believed by many to be located in the oldest city in the world, this pre-Columbian site in western Bolivia is thought to have been an important precursor to the Inca civilisation, and has baffled scholars with the complexity of its construction, which many claim completely defies the laws of physics, for centuries – so much so, in fact, some now even believe it may have been built by an extra-terrestrial race!
4 The Sphinx
Carved from the rock of the Giza plateau, this is a truly breathtaking monument strongly associated with strength and wisdom. A relic from the Egyptian era, it depicts the image of a mystical creature with the body of a lion and head of a king, and is thought to have been commissioned by a fourth dynasty king, Khafre, although some believe its facial features actually look more like his brother.
5 The Bighorn Medicine Wheel
Situated in Wyoming USA, this was built in alignment with the pattern of the stars 700 years ago, and is said to be an incredibly sacred place to seek wisdom. Still visited by many Native Americans today, it’s thought to help those within its vicinity connect with the source of all creation. Many even leave offerings in the centre of the wheel, like buffalo skulls, to give thanks for the blessings of the Earth.
6 The Pyramids at Giza
One of the seven wonders of the world, the pyramids at Giza stand at 756 feet long on each side, and 450 feet high, and are almost perfect in formation, aligning with the points of a compass. First mentioned in a book by a Greek traveller, Herodotus, who travelled to Egypt in 450 BC, they’re said to have taken only 20 years to build
7 Glastonbury Tor
Looking down on the town of Glastonbury, this spiritual place is shrouded in mystery and legend, with many historians believing it was originally one of several islands not have not been submerged by the great flood. Thought to have once sported a stone circle, it’s said to have been the source of many faery encounters over the years, with a number of people claiming to have come across these magical beings during their time there. The hill is also thought to be a place where the veil between life and death is especially thin, explaining why so many strange incidents have occurred there.