Monday, September 9, 2013 3:52:00 PM | by Mike Hipple
Houses of worship
El Santuario de Chimayó
Across the globe, people gather to follow and share their beliefs in the most spectacular settings. For instance, Roman Catholics in Chimayó, N.M., find peace in El Santuario de Chimayó.
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Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Buddhist monks pray while promoting world peace at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province near Bangkok, Thailand, in April 2012.
Church of St. George
People pray during Good Friday observances at the Church of St. George, one of 11 famous monolithic rock-cut churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, May 3, 2013.
Orthodox Jews pray at a synagogue by the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 14, 2013.
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La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Floodlights illuminate La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel at night. The statue of Fray Juan de San Miguel stands in front on the Plaza Principal in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Mosque in Qatar
A mosque in Old Doha, Qatar.
The New Mosque
Yeni Cami, the New Mosque or the Mosque of the Valide Sultan, sits near the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.
Notre Dame de Paris
The cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris," is one of the most loved sights in the City of Light.
There are 863 Jain temples on the hill of Shatrunjaya in Palitana, India. They are considered the most sacred pilgrimage destination by the Jain community.
Synagogue in Hungary
The interior of the Szeged Synagogue in Szeged, Hungary.
Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock
Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Cathedral of St. Paul
Nuns stand outside the Cathedral of St. Paul in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
El Ghriba Synagogue
A Jewish man prays on the first day of a pilgrimage at the El Ghriba Synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, in May 2012. The synagogue is home to most of Tunisia's Jews, built on the site of a Jewish temple that is believed to date back almost 1,900 years.
El Ghriba Synagogue
Interior of the El Ghriba Synagogue court in Djerba, Tunisia.
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Chuch camps in Iceland
Church camps backlit by the aurora borealis on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, west of Borgarfjörður, Iceland.
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People visit the Spiral Minaret of the Great Mosque as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on Aug. 20, 2012.
Domes of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Notre-Dame des Cyclistes
A statue of the Virgin Mary is displayed with cycling jerseys inside the Notre-Dame des Cyclistes (Our Lady of Cyclists) chapel near the village of Labastide-d'Armagnac in southwestern France, June 27, 2013. The Rev. Joseph Massie, a cycling enthusiast, founded a pilgrimage site for cyclists in this chapel, which in 1959 was made a National Sanctuary of Cycling and Cyclists under the protection of the virgin by Pope John XXIII. The chapel is a popular stop for pilgrims who cycle through France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, as well as for amateur cyclists and tourists. It's now a museum housing around 800 jerseys donated by participants of past cycling races along with trophies and memorabilia.
Notre-Dame de Reims
The early 14th-century Notre-Dame de Reims in Reims, France. This cathedral has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Imam Abbas shrine
Shi'ite pilgrims pray at the Imam Abbas shrine in the holy city of Kerbala, 68 miles south of Baghdad, in December 2010. They were preparing for Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, which commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the seventh-century battle of Kerbala.
A medieval Benedictine abbey and steepled church sits on the rocky islet of Mont Saint-Michel off the coast of Normandy, France.
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The Great Mosque of Djenné
The Great Mosque of Djenné in Djenné, Mali, is constructed of sun-dried mud bricks.
Mosque in Iran
Evening prayer in a mosque in Esfahan, Iran, in March 2009. Esfahan is one of central Iran's biggest cities.
The Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahá'í House of Worship, was designed by architect Farborz Sahba and completed in 1986 in New Delhi, India. It is made of 27 free-standing lotus "petals" and surrounded by nine ponds.
St. Peter's Bascilica
The ceiling of St. Peter's Bascilica in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
The Golden Temple
Dawn at the Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India.
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Wat Rong Khun
The Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
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The Kiyomizu-dera Temple at sunset in Kyoto, Japan.
Morning prayer service at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Shwedagon, Yangon.
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The Lutheran Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Ruinas do Sao Paulo
Ruins of the 17th-century Cathedral of St. Paul in Macau. Only the facade of this Portuguese cathedral remains.
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St. Paul's Cathedral
The dome of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
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St Paul's Cathedral
A rainbow stretches over St Paul's Cathedral in London.
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Almost 1 million pilgrims visit Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during Laylat al-Qadr to pray throughout the night on the 27th day of Ramadan. One of the holiest nights of the Islamic calendar, it's believed to be when the Quran began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
The interior of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., designed by American architect Philip Johnson. The cathedral, built by the now-bankrupt ministry of evangelist Robert H. Schuller, was recently purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County and will reopen in 2016 as Christ Cathedral.
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Indonesia.
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La Sagrada Familia
The ornate architecture of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.
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The Senso-Ji Temple at dusk in Tokyo, Japan.
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Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as Monkey Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on top of Swayambhu hill on the western side of Katmandu, Nepal.
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Prayer flags in front of the Swayambhunath Stupa in Katmandu.
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The Cathedral of Brasília
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Brasília in Brazil's capital.
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Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic refuge in the mesas of Sedona, Ariz.
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Royal Grand Palace
A golden statue in the Royal Grand Palace of Bangkok, Thailand, a complex that includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
A little chapel sits in Naturpark Berchtesgaden with a view of the Watzmann, a mountain in the Bavarian Alps of Germany.
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Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang Island, Malaysia, is brightly illuminated with thousands of paper lanterns during Chinese New Year. This temple is an important place of worship for both Taoists and Mahayana Buddhists as well as a major tourist attraction.
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Kek Lok Si Temple
Construction of the Kek Lok Si Temple in Malaysia began in 1890 and took more than 20 years to complete.
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Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.
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A church with an ocean view on the island of Santorini, Greece.
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An arch and entrance to one of the chapels in the Egyptian Coptic complex of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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La Sagrada Familia
Construction of La Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, began in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2026.