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Arizona's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places - Kelly Ettenborough 2003


The Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites - Colin Wilson 1996

Amazon Synopsis: This account of holy sites and mysterious ruins aims to capture the spirit of the places themselves. It explains their myths and legends and shows their continuing importance down the ages. Part One examines over 100 key sites and shows how they came to be regarded as sacred and their subsequent history. The sites are divided geographically into sections, such as Africa and the Middle East, Europe and Australia, and the Pacific. Each of these areas is introduced by a hand-drawn map showing all of the sites described and other areas of interest, such as ancient burial grounds, temples and natural sites.

Part Two is a map-based gazetteer of over 1000 sacred sites. The sites are plotted over 20 maps, which are then followed by listings giving information about each holy place. The maps show the location of each site and the period in which it was built or used.


The Atlas of Mysterious Places: The World's Unexplained Sacred Sites, Symbolic Landscapes, Ancient Cities, and Lost Lands - Jennifer Westwood, Editor 1987

Amazon Synopsis: This book is filled with amazing photographs of mysterious places from around the world. Each place is accompanied by a wonderful description filled with theories and facts about the place.


The Atlas of Sacred and Spiritual Sites: People, Faith and Landscape - David Douglas 2008

Amazon Synopsis: This beautifully illustrated guide explores the connections between people, faith, and landscape and features plans, reconstructions, and stunning photography of little-known holy sites. Beginning with the magnificent cathedrals, mosques, and temples of the world’s great religions and concluding with earthworks, and holy mountains, wells, and rivers, it traces the wisdom these spots embody and explores the ways in which we gain spiritual insights from them today. The examination of sites of pilgrimage, sacred stones, and places of isolation and meditation—from the Chapel of the Nativity of Christ in Jerusalem to Mount Tai Shan, the most revered of China’s five sacred mountains—make this an essential reference work for anyone fascinated by ancient traditions and religions.


Colorado's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places - Jean Torkelson, Bill Bonebrake, Photographer 2001

Amazon Synopsis: From camp-like mountain retreats to urban sanctuaries to remote enclaves of miraculous natural beauty, this guidebook catalogs nearly 100 of the state's best sites for soul-searching through informative descriptions and full-color photographs. Geared toward a diverse readership aiming to strengthen existing beliefs or investigate new ones, Colorado's Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places sends readers on their own spiritual journeys.


Encyclopedia of Sacred Places - Norbert C. Brockman 1997

Amazon Synopsis: As interest increases in the role of world religions in history and international affairs, the new edition of Encyclopedia of Sacred Places which arrives 15 years after the publication of the original edition—provides new and updated information on site-specific religious practice and spiritually significant locations around the globe.

While many of the entries describe specific places, like the Erawan Shrine and the Rock of Cashel, others examine types of sacred sites, pilgrimages, and practices. With articles that describe both the places and their associated traditions and history, this reference book reveals the enormous diversity and cultural significance of religious practice worldwide. For students and teachers of classes ranging from high school geography to university-level courses in religious studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology, this book provides essential reference on places of great significance to the world's various faith traditions.

The Encyclopedia of the World's Mystical and Sacred Sites - John & Anne Spencer 2002


New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places - Christina Nealson 2003

Amazon Synopsis: New Mexico's dramatic landscapes, diverse cultural heritage, and enduring traditions of faith have long attracted and inspired spiritual seekers. Woven into the fabric of everyday life, the state's customs of reverence set it apart as a prime location for both public celebrations and inner reflections. This is a land of ancient petroglyphs and ruins; natural wonders; historic churches, retreats, and ranches; innumerable shrines; special tribal, religious, and civic occasions; as well as singular, eerie monuments of modern technology and war.

In this book, Taos-based writer and photographer Christina Nealson Captures new Mexico's distinctive spirit through brilliant images and more than 100 listings showcasing the state's best opportunities for worship and meditation, awe and understanding, introspection and community participation. For those who seek, New Mexico offers an unforgettable landscape for discovery, and New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places is a passport for your own journey.


Sacred Earth: Places of Peace and Power - Martin Gray 2011

Amazon Synopsis: The largest and most beautiful collection of sacred sites ever photographed! Acclaimed photographer and anthropologist Martin Gray spent the last 20 years on an amazing pilgrimage, visiting 1,000 sacred sites in 80 countries. His journey unfolds in remarkable images that reveal how devoutly cultures everywhere worship our Earth. From Tibet’s Potala Palace to Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, these are the awe-inspiring places from which all the world’s great religions sprang.

Sacred Journeys and Vision Quests - Lois Wetzel 2013

Amazon Synopsis: Lois Wetzel's third book, "Sacred Journeys and Vision Quests" is a metaphysical travelogue for the Seeker who may sense deeper meanings in the seemingly mundane, yet may have not fully embraced his/her own intuition in this. This book chronologically details personal events occurring to Lois and others spanning a forty year period. This is also for anyone interested in spiritually themed travel to sacred sites on Earth.

Join Lois as she begins her journey with a "near-death" experience in Mexico, and her later travels to Chichen Itza to scale the pyramid Kukulcan with her young sons. She’s led to hone her psychic skills in the magic red rocks of Sedona and there she meets a major player in her past lives. Called to Mt. Shasta and Stewart Mineral Springs twice over the course of a few years, she has personal past life memories and also encounters the extra-dimensional city of Telos. In meditation there, she’s introduced to a teacher who illustrates how to think with her heart.

Her seven day adventure rafting on the mighty Colorado river through the Grand Canyon is filled with synchronistic experiences and insights. A European adventure begins with crop circles and a flight in a microlite and culminates in the unfolding mysteries at the Bosnian Pyramids. Mystical rainbows, ET encounters, including the Hathors and the Ankenash, as well as eventually the Glastonbury Tor, Lois describes encounter after encounter with the Divine--both within and surrounding her--and beautifully illustrates the gifts available to us all by simply remaining receptive, open and flexible in any situation.

This book's narrative style coupled with Lois’s honesty and vulnerability makes for delightful glimpses into the extraordinary visions and experiences available to us all.

The Sacred Network: Megaliths, Cathedrals, Ley Lines, and the Power of Shared Consciousness - Chris H. Hardy 2011

Amazon Synopsis: How sacred sites amplify the energies of consciousness, the earth, and the universe

  • Examines the web of geometrical patterns linking sacred sites worldwide, with special focus on the sacred network of ley lines in Paris
  • Unveils the coming state of shared consciousness for humanity fueled by the sacred network
  • Reveals how consciousness is a tangible form of energy

First marked by the standing stones of our megalithic ancestors, the world’s sacred sites are not only places of spiritual energy but also hubs of cosmic energy and earthly energy. Generation upon generation has recognized the power of these sites, with the result that each dominant culture builds their religious structures on the same spots--the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, for example, was constructed over a Temple to Diana that in turn had been built over a stone pillar worshipped by the Gauls.

In The Sacred Network, Chris Hardy shows how the world’s sacred sites coincide with the intersections of energetic waves from the earth’s geomagnetic field and how--via their megaliths, temples, and steeples--these sites act as antennae for the energies of the cosmos. Delving deeply in to Paris’s sacred network, she also explores the intricate geometrical patterns created by the alignments of churches and monuments, such as pentagrams and Stars of David. Revealing that consciousness is a tangible energy, she explains how the sacred network is fueling an 8,000-year evolutionary cycle initiated by our megalithic ancestors that will soon culminate in a new state of shared consciousness for humanity.

Sacred Places - Philemon Sturges, Giles Laroche, Illustrator 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Now comes an introduction to some of the most sacred places in the world--highlighting the five major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). This book showcases the rich diversity of scale and style in the buildings built for worship and for the celebration of faith. Features twenty-six sacred sites, a world map and an extensive note to the reader on the basic tenets of five religions.


Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations - Brad Olsen 2008

Amazon Synopsis: This revised and updated comprehensive travel guide examines North America’s most sacred sites for spiritually attuned explorers. Important archaeological, geological, and historical destinations from coast to coast are exhaustively examined, from the weathered pueblos of the American Southwest and the medicine wheels of western Canada to Graceland and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. Histories and cultural contexts are objectively surveyed, along with the latest academic theories and insightful metaphysical ruminations. Detailed maps, drawings, and travel directions are also included.


Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations - National Geographic 2008

Amazon Synopsis: This inspirational book showcases 500 of the world's most powerful and spiritual places–and guides modern-day travelers who wish to visit them.

With eloquent text, hundreds of gorgeous full-color images, and practical visitor information, Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations highlights fascinating icons of many religions around the world and offers an intriguing window into the cultures that created them. From prehistoric burial chambers to modern monuments and sanctuaries, each site’s history, lore, and appeal is evocatively detailed.

Nearly 300 locator maps point out pilgrimage routes, temples, mountains, churches, and holy places, including Mont St.-Michel Abbey in France, founded after a reported vision of the Archangel Michael; the White Horse Temple in China, site of the country’s first Buddhist temple, dating from the first century A.D.; Machu Picchu in Peru, whose origins lie in obscurity; and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, said by many to be the holiest city in the world. A follow-up to the bestselling Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, this beautiful book answers the call of the spiritual traveler while also appealing to the many readers interested in sites of unique cultural heritage.

Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations - Karen Tate 2006

Amazon Synopsis: This fascinating travel perspective is sure to become an invaluable resource in every library and on every coffee table and bookshelf as the past is uncovered through the lens of sacred travel. Including both academic and popular religious perspectives, this comprehensive world guide will be of interest to both experts as well as the spiritual novice. Author Karen Tate deftly combines current trends, academic theories, and historical insights, some of which may surprise even the most well read or jaded traveler. This volume of sacred sites brings both lesser-known and famous locales into perspective as it explains the significance of Goddess both today and in centuries past. Whether the reader is an armchair or seasoned traveler, they will be delighted by the insights, humor, as well as the in-depth cultural and artistic experience of Sacred Places of Goddess. Never before have so many cultures, places, and spiritualities of Goddess been compiled between two covers.


Sacred Places: Sites of Spirituality & Faith - Rebecca Hind 2008

Amazon Synopsis: Sacred Places is a stunning photographic journey to places considered sacred to people of ancient civilizations and increasingly to modern-day men and women. The sites included are associated with great religious or mythological events; they are hallowed burial grounds, manmade edifices and nature's rivers, mountains, and caves imbued with spiritual meaning.

Interfaith in scope, the book relates the influences that make each historically and culturally significant and explores how a combination of natural landscape and man-built edifices and artistic endeavors converge to make the sacred manifest.

Featuring hundreds of beautiful photographs, this is an uplifting and magnificent blend of religion, culture, history, and travel that is at once informative, inspirational, and spiritual.

Sacred Places: Sites of Spiritual Pilgrimage from Stonehenge to Santiago de Compostela - Philip Carr-Gomm 2008

Amazon Synopsis: Journeys to sacred places or shrines undertaken as acts of religious veneration or penance have been a feature of religious observance from the earliest times. Ancient religions had holy sites, temples and groves, such as Delphi and Dodona in Greece. On the other side of the Eurasian landmass, the Buddha specifically recommended four sacred sites for his followers to visit. After Christ's crucifixion, sites connected with his birth, death and resurrection became a magnet for Christian travellers.

During the medieval period Christian pilgrimage - to Jerusalem, Rome, Constantinople and Santiago de Compostela - was a sacred obligation and a trial of faith.In Islam, pilgrimage to Mecca, or hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of that faith. Philip Carr-Gomm tells the stories of 50 sacred sites across all five continents, including sites venerated by all of the world's major religions. The sites include: The Pyramids, Macchu Picchu, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Rapa Nui, The Dome of the Rock, Mount Fuji, Mecca, The Golden Temple, Stonehenge, The Ganges River, Glastonbury, Angkor Wat, Iona, Mount Kailash, Bandiagara Luang, and Prabang.

Sacred Travels: 275 Places to Find Joy, Seek Solace, and Learn to Live More Fully- Meera Lester 2011

Amazon Synopsis: All roads lead to enlightenment—but the choice of which to travel is yours. From Sedona to Lourdes to Mecca, there are certain divinely blessed places that can inspire you to renew your sense of wonder, revitalize your spirit, and restore your faith.

In this book, you'll explore the most illuminating sites around the world, including:

  • The Taj Mahal in India, a stunning palace designed for mourning a lost love—or celebrating a new one
  • Carmel Mission in California, a place of veneration and enlightenment
  • The Shrine of Rumi in Turkey, a monument to the power of passion and poetry
  • The Wailing Wall in Israel, where it is believed you have God's ear when you visit
  • Mount Olympus in Greece, a snow-capped peak that offers serenity and strength

With special prayers, meditations, and devotions for each sacred site, this guide is the perfect companion if you are seeking a true journey of the soul.


The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places - Marilyn J. Chiat 2004

The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois is a unique guidebook. It introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Buddhist meditation centers and Hindu temples, as well as retreat centers of various religious traditions. It lists landmarks that rank among America's finest works of architecture and contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes numerous beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries, and other peaceful places, as well as the natural beauty of the land between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Introductory chapters recount the spiritual history of Illinois, offer an overview of many faith traditions, and explain its sacred architecture.

Written for readers and seekers of every faith or none, The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois reveals the stories behind these extraordinary sites and places of spiritual power and takes you to the heart and soul of this ancient land.


The Traveller's Guide to Sacred Ireland: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ireland, Her Legends, Folklore and People - Cary Meehan 2002

Amazon Synopsis: This amazing book is the result of years of research of historical and archeological detail, legend and folklore, and current information on earth energies for each sacred site. Before the author's rediscoveries, most of the vast number of ancient sites were unknown or almost forgotten except by locals. Features:

  • Simple wells and stones
  • Local pilgrimage spots
  • Holy mountains, lakes and rivers
  • Sites created by the Auld Giants
  • Pre-Celtic Temples
  • Ancient churches and round towers


Vibrational Waters: The Therapeutical Properties of Sacred Springs - Fabio Nocentini, Lara Cox, Translator 2012

Amazon Synopsis: This book addresses in detail the subject of vibrational waters: waters that flow in locations of high energy and that can be used in a similar way to homeopathic and Bach flower remedies to promote mental and physical wellbeing.

Some of them are also called "Marian Waters" or "Holy Waters", when they originate in a place dedicated to the Catholic faith, yet they are all considered vibrational remedies in every respect, as they have specific energy frequencies. Available in many countries, these waters can be found in shrines or temples of various religions, but also in archaeological or naturalist sites: from Lourdes to the Japanese temple of Kibune, from Fatima and Santa Lucia to Machu Picchu, from the River Ganges and River Jordan to grottos and monasteries.

50 different waters have been studied, using techniques such as dowsing and kinesiological testing. Each water is accurately described in an individual Descriptive Profile, that contains a large amount of information on the curative properties of the water for emotional and mental problems, how it can improve the related physical disturbances, its special uses (for example, application on the body or purification of the environment), the meridians (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and chakras on which it acts and the analogy with Bach flower remedies.

Other chapters are dedicated to the ways of using vibrational waters, the procedure to faithfully reproduce them and the methods adopted to discover their characteristics. The final chapter reports some Summarizing Tables to find the most appropriate waters in relation to different problems.

LIST OF THE 50 WATERS PRESENTED IN THE E-BOOK: Banneux (Belgium), Boa Vontade (Brazil), Shrine of Caravaggio (Italy), Chalice Well (United Kingdom), Collevalenza (Italy), Delphi (Greece), Einsiedeln (Switzerland), Ephesus (Turkey), Fatima (Portugal), Fonte delle Fate (Italy), Gallinaro (Italy), River Ganges (India), Gibilmanna (Italy), River Jordan (Israel), Kibune (Japan), Saint Konrad (Germany), La Salette (France), Lichen (Poland), Loreto (Italy), Lourdes (France), Machu Picchu (Peru), Madonna del Sasso (Italy), Maranatha (USA), Maria SS. della Fontenova (Italy), Maria SS. dello Splendore (Italy), Medjugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Montichiari (Italy), Notre-Dame du Folgoët (France), Notre-Dame de la Guérison (Italy), Omiwa (Japan), Oropa (Italy), Otto (Italy), Our Lady of Knock (Ireland), Shrine of Padre Pio (Italy), Sacro Speco (Italy), Saint Ann (USA), Saint Columba (United Kingdom), Saint Nectan (United Kingdom), Saint Paraskevi (USA), Saint-Sulpice (France), San Damiano (Italy), San Filippo Benizi (Italy), San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Italy), Santa Lucia (Italy), Santa Maria alla Fontana (Italy), Santa María de Guadalupe (Mexico), Santa Maria della Salute (Italy), Santa Maria in Via (Italy), Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Su Tempiesu (Italy).

The book also contains: some photos of the places where the sacred springs are located; the pattern of the regular decagon to enhance and reproduce vibrational remedies; other illustrations about dowsing, kinesiological testing, aura and chakras.

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