Holy Cities of The World
All religions or beliefs have certain beliefs regarding their religion, which they believe. Including how they worshiped, religious leaders, as well as places they considered historical and sacred. Here are some of the holy cities in the world that could be one of your travel destinations.
Mecca is an important city for Muslims in the world. Thousands of Muslims from all over the world visit Mecca to perform the Hajj every year. Hajj is one of the major rituals of Islam that Muhammad follows in spreading Islam. Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the birth of the ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad’s pulse. Makkah Al-Mukarramah is considered a holy city where the religion of Islam and the revelation of the Qur’an are born.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is considered a holy city to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. There is still a conflict between the State of Palestine with the Islamic community, and Israel with its Judaism and Christianity. This city is important to Christians and Jews because many important events in the Bible have taken place in Jerusalem, especially important events in the Old Testament. Christian community believes that Jesus crucifies in Jerusalem. On the other hand, Muslims also believe that the Prophet Muhammad visited Jerusalem because this city is important for Muslims.
3- Vatican City
The Vatican is a small, self-contained city that establishes after signing the Lateran Treaty between the Holy Throne and Italy on February 11, 1929. Vatican City is the holy throne of the Catholic religion worldwide. It is the city of Catholic Diocese activities. The city has been a holy city for the Catholic religion since the year 326, when the first Catholic church, the Basilica of Constantine, was built on the original site of this city.
- Bethlehem, Israel
Bethlehem is a holy city located near Jerusalem. The city is the birthplace of Jesus. Besides being a Christian city, this city is also considered a holy city for two other heavenly religions. According to Muslim belief, the Prophet Muhammad came to worship in the city of Bethlehem on his way to Jerusalem. This city is inhabited by one of the old Christian communities globally, although the community’s size has become smaller in recent years due to immigration. Still, every year thousands of Christians visit this city.
- Varanasi (Benares), India
Varanasi is a holy city for the Hindu religion in the world. Varanasi or now called the city of Benares. Varanasi city locates on the banks of the Ganges River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is also one of Shakti Peethas and one of 12 Jyotir Linga locations in India. Instead of being considered the oldest city globally, Varanasi is also considered the birthplace of the god Shiva. You will also enjoy a unique culture that is completely different from other places in India, and the city is one of the major cultural centers of North India.
- Lopuri, Nepal
Lopburi is a city in Nepal that is considered one of the holy cities of the Buddhist religion. This city is where Sidharta Gautama was born. But Buddhism has become a minority religion in this country, after the Hindu religion that is dominated by most of the population of Nepal.
- Constantinople, Turkey
Constantinople is one of the brave civilizations in world history. Constantinople is now part of the Turkish state. At the beginning of civilization, this city was a center of pagan worship. In Constantinople city, you will come across many statues of a god of pagan religions. But this city is now openly supported and become a holy city for Christians. However, it still provided access to pagan worship to perform their rituals in this city.
- Lhasa, Tibet
This city is a city that was the capital of Tibet. This city is an important city for Buddhism’s followers, especially the followers of Buddhism in Tibet Lamaism. This city is the Forbidden City for foreigners and tourists, which has emerged as the true Forbidden City. In general, this city is the cultural center, where traditional medicine, astrology, philosophy and Buddhism can be studied in large educational institutions. Above the cities are cities considered sacred by some of the world’s religions and beliefs. In addition to offering the pilgrimage, these cities also offer other tourist attractions that you can enjoy.