...And Where To Stay On Any Budget
People go on vacation for several reasons – to relax, recharge or reflect. However, it's when we travel to feed our soul that we seem to have the most memorable trips. For the wanderer who wants to connect to something more than just a resort activity agenda, we've rounded up the top 10 spiritual destinations in the world!
#1. Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
What: The Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Selpuchre, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque
Why: These sites are the holiest sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The Old City's defensive walls and city gates were built in the years 1535-1542 by the Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Today, the Old City is roughly divided into the Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter and Jewish Quarter.
Where to Stay in Jerusalem:
$$$ The Rova Arches Luxury Suite ($460 avg/night)
$$ Luxurious Two Bedroom Apartment ($204 avg/night)
$ Heart of Jerusalem Gorgeous Apartment ($86 avg/night)
#2 Vatican City, Italy
What: St. Peter's Basilica
Why: St. Peter's is an Italian Renaissance church located in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines.
Where to Stay in Rome:
$$$ Historic 2-Bedroom With Rooftop Terrace ($560 avg/night)
$$ Charming & Romantic Flat ($141 avg/night)
$ Cozy & Quiet Apartment with Terrace ($85 avg/night)
#3. Whiltshire, England
Why: One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England and is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The construction and purpose of Stonehenge is still the subject of speculation and debate.
Where to Stay near Stonehenge:
$$$ 300 Year Old Newly Thatched Cottage ($428 avg/night)
$$ Romantic Rural Retreat ($153 avg/night)
$ The Rose Cottage ($95 avg/night)
#4. Cusco Mountains, Peru
What: Machu Picchu
Why: Machu Picchu or "Old Peak" is a 15th-century Inca site located outside of Cusco at 7,970 ft above sea level. Now a major tourist attraction, there is evidence that human sacrifices were made to accompany a deceased noble in the afterlife. Animal, liquid, and dirt sacrifices to the gods were much more common. They were made at the Altar of the Condor and are still made today by members of the New Age Andean religion.
Where to Stay near Machu Picchu:
$$$ Gorgeous House in Stunning Sacred Valley ($244 avg/night)
$$ Beautiful Cusco Villa ($170 avg/night)
$ Lovely House With Modern Amenities ($91 avg/night)
#5. Mexico City, Mexico
Why: This basilica is a Roman Catholic church, basilica and National shrine of Mexico. The shrine was built near a hill where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. The new Basilica houses the original tilma ( cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism.
Where To Stay in Mexico City:
$$$ Elegant Penthouse in Historic Center ($380 avg/night)
$$ Beautiful Contemporary Home ($188 avg/night)
$ Historical District Apartment ($86 avg/night)
Thank you to Sarah Mangum, Marketing & Content Manager, at Deily.org for writing this post!
Sarah is an Austin, Texas native with a background in Religious Studies and International Affairs. She coordinates and develops marketing and content for internet-based, Deily.org, an online community for sharing faith and understanding.