Looking for god
Collected by Michael Adubato, AFAR Local Expert
One thing you cannot take out of the world is religion because there are just so many and people celebrate their chosen god in different ways. What is interesting is finding god, whichever god in the art or architecture or just in the people.
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
At the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city, you'll find the Basilica de Sacré-Cœur. Contrasting with the Gothic churches like Notre-Dame, the Romano-Byzantine architecture is both beautiful inside and out. While...
Torenstraat 16, 5211 KK 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
One of the best Gothic buildings in the entire Netherlands is the Cathedral of St. John or, in Dutch, Sint Jans Kathedraal. It was started in the 1220 and over time has been restored, most recently in 2010. An interesting twist is that when new...
Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
We ended our wonderful weekend getaway in Champagne region with the visit of the Notre-Dame de Reims - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the coronation place of the kings of France. The Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures....
Rue du Cloître, 02000 Laon, France
Built during the 12th and 13th century, the Notre Dame de Laon Cathedral is one of the best and earliest examples of Gothic architecture in all of France. This version of the cathedral began around 1160 after the original one, which stood on the...
Neuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany
This 16th century church is in downtown Munich, and, other than its amazing architecture and ceiling paintings, it is also where King Ludwig II of Bavaria rests. The mad king drowned in 1886, close to his fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein. The...
R. Roberto Ivens 2, 2400 Leiria, Portugal
In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared before three Portuguese children in the area of Fatima, Portugal and was thus renamed Our Lady of Fatima. The church took advantage of this fact (or fiction) and so did the locals. There are now several churches,...
Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
If you are looking for a great view over the city, consider visiting Porto Cathedral, or Sé do Porto. Its long history and stunning architecture, make it a must see location to visit. When I climbed to the top of the hill where the Cathedral is...
Av. de Dom José Alves Correia da Silva, 2496-908 Fátima, Portugal
About 100 years ago three little shepherd children were visited by an angel and then the Virgin Mary and the rest, as they say, is history. From the miracle at Fatima came the Virgin of Fatima and up went the basilica and then many other buildings...
Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos. Rubbing shoulders with tangerine-robed monks in Laos is one of the best parts about any visit to Luang Prabang. The young monks are often eager to converse with respectful visitors; this young fellow peppered me with...
Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
You haven't done Asia until you've done a temple stay - so sayeth a snobby backpacker I once met. I hate to admit it, but that snobby backpacker was on to something; nothing replicates the experience of breaking bread with a monk, discussing the...
Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab 143401, India
Sikhs and non-Sikhs go to Amritsar for one reason – to see the Golden Temple (Hamandir Sahib) so, that is what I did on my most recent trip to India. Except, I went on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday which is a national holiday in India and because of...
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