August 14, 2023

And it all comes down to this. After ten weeks of exploration through some of the world’s most significant religious destinations, Patheos is at last unveiling the Top 10 Most Holy Places on Earth. Throughout this journey, the project has illuminated sites of  importance to major global religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In line with Patheos’ core mission, the “Sacred Spaces: The 100 Most Holy Places on Earth” list strives to cultivate acceptance and understanding of various... Read more

August 7, 2023

The very place believed to cradle Jesus’ birth. The tomb that echoes with the possibility of his resurrection. A Hindu shrine of such sanctity that it’s said to mirror celestial abodes. These are just a glimpse of what’s in store in our countdown of the Top 20-11 Sacred Spaces: The 100 Most Holy Places On Earth. As we inch closer to the coveted Top 10, the resonance of these sites grows more profound, echoing across the lives of millions who... Read more

July 31, 2023

If you have just come across this article and haven’t delved into Patheos’ ongoing series, Sacred Spaces: The 100 Most Holy Places On Earth, get ready for an enriching experience. If you’ve previously visited the series but merely skimmed through the captivating photos or rankings, I encourage you to do something different this time. Take a few minutes to read, reflect, and immerse yourself in a few of the stories behind these remarkable places. This week, we unveil our rankings... Read more

July 24, 2023

Patheos, the global hub for all matters of religion, has revealed its exclusive compilation of the most sacred places on Earth, encompassing numbers 40 to 31. In this list, one can encounter the Western World’s grandest and most renowned reliquary, alongside one of the most venerated Hindu temples in all of India. Additionally, it highlights the historical site where the esteemed Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, is said to have met his end due to food poisoning. The process of selecting these... Read more

July 17, 2023

Patheos, the world’s homepage for all religion, has unveiled its list of the top 50-41 most holy places on Earth. Amongst these extraordinary destinations are ancient caves that serve as sacred shrines in Malaysia, a majestic monastery  perched 2,300 feet above the valley floor, and an architecturally stunning Russian Orthodox-style church located in the heart of the Holy Land. The selection process for these sacred sites involved a multi-faceted ranking approach, drawing upon insights from esteemed religious scholars, perspectives from... Read more

July 10, 2023

  Patheos, an influential online platform for religious and spiritual discussions, has unveiled its compilation of the Top 60-51 Most Holy Places on Earth. The list includes diverse locations such as a Russian Orthodox church commissioned by “Ivan the Terrible,” a tranquil Hindu temple nestled in the Himalayan mountains and the “headquarters” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The selection process for these sites involved a ranking process that considered insights from religious scholars, perspectives from Patheos’... Read more

July 3, 2023

This week, we present to you Patheos’ compilation of the Top 70-61 Most Holy Places on Earth. Prepare to traverse the globe as we delve into remarkable destinations such as: the sacred river where Jesus was baptized, a majestic cathedral in New York City, a historic synagogue in Prague, and even our first venture to the land down under. The selection process for these remarkable locations was crafted through an algorithm that takes into account a myriad of factors. Opinions... Read more

June 30, 2023

Was Martin Luther an antisemite who was Hitler’s favorite theologian? Was the Protestant Reformation the golden age of Christianity, or was it a dark time when Christians killed other Christians because of their beliefs? Apostates Anonymous Podcast hosts Matthew Distefano and Keith Giles recently tackled these questions and more at the beginning of their podcast episode “Are We Done With Theology?” The irony of leading off with these subjects was not lost on the hosts, whose topic for the day... Read more

June 26, 2023

Locations that hold a special place in Catholicism make a strong showing in this week’s rankings in the Patheos project called Sacred Spaces: The 100 Most Holy Places on Earth. Patheos’ selection of the Top 80-71 destinations this week includes churches situated in Italy, Greece, and even New Mexico. These choices were determined through an exclusive algorithm that takes into account a multitude of factors. These factors include evaluations provided by religious scholars, editorial staff and writers from Patheos, who... Read more

June 20, 2023

  A Buddhist temple that sits next to a spring many hope will bring luck and long life. A hill with over 100,000 crosses. And the deepest lake in Central America. These are just three of the amazing spiritual places featured in our latest rankings for Sacred Spaces: The 100 Most Holy Places on Earth. This week we are unveiling our Top 90-81 as determined by a unique algorithm that considers a myriad of factors, including combined rankings from world-class... Read more

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