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While there are multiple religious sites that you could visit all around the world to quench your spiritual curiosity, we have created a list of five highly-recommend destinations to narrow it down.
 
Meiji Shrine—Tokyo, Japan
In Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood is the peaceful Meiji Shrine, which is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The forest surrounding the shrine consists of trees donated by people from all over Japan. The nearby Sensoji Temple is also one of the world’s most-visited sacred sites.
 
Kashi Vishwanath Temple—Varanasi, India
This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is located in what Hindus consider the holiest place, on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. The temple has a long history of being destroyed and recreated. It is a true cultural and spiritual center.
 
Notre Dame Cathedral—Paris, France
French for “Our Lady of Paris,” Notre Dame is one of the most famous Catholic cathedrals in the world. Its reliquary is home to some of Catholicism’s most significant relics, including the Crown of Thorns and one of the Holy Nails. It is also a fine example of French gothic architecture.
 
Blue Mosque—Istanbul, Turkey
The Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century and contains the tomb of its founder, Ahmed I. It’s an active mosque, meaning that visitors must be respectful of those who are there to worship and also that it provides a more spiritual experience.
 
St. Peter’s Basilica—Vatican City, Rome
This famous example of Renaissance architecture is one of the two largest churches in the world and is considered on of the holiest Catholic shrines. There is also a good chance of seeing the Pope at St. Peter’s.

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