Churches and other religious/spiritual sites are some of the world’s most important attractions for travelers. The are typically the focal point of a city or village and reflect the culture and values of the region. Churches, especially, are significant architecturally and represent the best efforts of a community to express itself. Lee & I have been to hundreds of churches in our travels. Many of these have become unforgettable memories of a particular place. To actually rank these sites is virtually impossible. How can you choose between amazing sights such as Hagia Sophia, the Pantheon, and Mont-St-Michel? Therefore, I will present my favorite 150 spiritual places in installments of five (5), listed alphabetically. Many of my choices are World Heritage Sites and deserve to be preserved forever. Many are simply charming or may hold some special historical significance. Peruse the list and compare your list to mine. Obviously I have not been to all the spiritual places on Earth, but most of these would probably make the all-time list of the majority of world travelers.
Installment 25 — #’s 121-125
121. St Pauls’ Cathedral, London, England — The crowning achievement of Sir Christopher Wren is this glorious church in downtown London. The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles took place here in 1981.
122. St Peter’s Church, St George, Bermuda — This adorable, small church sits directly on the quaint, old, main square of this tiny community on the island of Bermuda.
123. St Philip Neri Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA — This lovely adobe church is near the main square of Old Albuquerque.
124. Saint-Germain-des-Pres Abbey, Paris, France — This prominent landmark on the Left Bank was the burial place of Merovingian kings.
125. St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic — This large, Gothic church dominates the Prague Castle complex. It contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.