One of the many reasons people travel the world is to visit locations that have significant meaning in their lives – ones they feel will provide spiritual enlightenment or a life-changing experience. These “sacred sites” reflect a common thread throughout the great religions and are viewed as places where the faithful can go for healing, guidance or divine inspiration.
Unfortunately, many of the world’s most sacred sites have been inaccessible to all but the hardiest of travelers – those who were able to make arduous overland journeys. Now, however, say the cruise experts at CruiseCompete, travelers will find that today’s cruise itineraries make many of these locations surprisingly easy to visit.
In a four part series, CruiseCompete will provide information on worldwide pilgrimage locations that consistently draw travelers in with their history and mystique. This first segment touches on locations in Europe. To read more about worldwide locations, please visit http://www.cruisecompete.com/sacred_places/.
1. Site of the Virgin Mary’s reported apparitions, a pilgrimage site for over 150 years...Bordeaux, France: Lourdes
2. A monastery that was built only at night to avoid alerting the Ottomans – its guest rooms that have hosted the Prince of Wales...Bucharest, Romania: Hurezi Monastery
3. Aachen is Europe's oldest cathedral and 32 holy Roman emperors were crowned here. It is also home to Charlemagne's throne...Cologne, Germany: Aachen Cathedral. Cologne also houses the Shrine of the Three Kings, where the sarcophagus is rumored to hold the remains of Mechoir, Balthazar and Caspar, the three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
4. Megalithic mound, 5300 years old – believed to be burial ground for pagan rulers. It is older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids...Dublin, Ireland: Newgrange
5. This holy well, built around 1500, is legendary for healing...Holyhead, Holywell, Wales: St Winefride's Well
6. Almost 100 years ago, in 1917, apparitions of the Virgin Mary appeared to three children here...Lisbon, Portugal: Our Lady of Fatima
7. Hundreds of stone columns, "Europe's most magnificent Muslim monument"...Madrid, Spain: Mezquita
8. D-Day Memorial to fallen soldiers...Beaches of Normandy, France: Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
9. Legendary home of the Sancta Camisa (part of Mary's shawl worn at Jesus' birth.). This cathedral also has 28,000 feet of stained glass...Paris, France: Chartres Cathedral
10. Site of a two-mile pilgrimage across a tidal flat, done to draw strength from Archangel Michael...Paris, France: Mont–St.–Michael
11. Sacred stone site in England. Its true purpose remains unknown...Southampton, England: Stonehenge
These sites are but a sampling of cruise-accessible locations. To read more information on worldwide locations, please visit http://www.cruisecompete.com/sacred_places/, and watch for the upcoming of CruiseCompete’s sacred locations: Mediterranean, Asia and the Middle East.
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