ETHICAL/ Faith Travel: Modern Sites for Pilgrims

Many destinations around the world are sacred sites for travelers who are attracted by their spiritual meaning. Among them are those that don’t have long history and yet are remarkable even for common tourist.



Crystal Cathedral – The Church Made of Glass

Gary Diskin

Crystal Cathedral located in the city of Garden Grove south of Los Angeles is an imposing contemporary glass structure. The use of glass is particularly interesting because the cathedral is in a part of California that is prone to earthquakes. It was constructed in 1980 to accommodate an ever-increasing congregation that now counts 10.000 members. From Drive-In to Cathedral Reverend Robert Schuller and Arvella Schuller, his wife, relocated to California from Iowa in 1955. The reverend had re...

Gothic Atmosphere: The Icy Church of Hallgrimskirkja

Dan Rang

Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the largest church in the whole of Iceland and the sixth tallest building in Iceland. It stands at 73 meters or 244 feet. It was named after Hallgrimur Petursson, an Icelandic poet and clergyman and the author of the passion hymns. The design of the church was done by the late Guojon Samuel in 1937. The actual construction of this church began in 1945 and ended in 1986. This means it took exactly 38 years to complete the ch...

Regent's Park Mosque – The Islamic Center in the UK

Cecilia Garland

The London Central Mosque in the UK’s capital is well known as the Regent’s Park Mosque. It is the mother of all mosques in the entire United Kingdom, making it the spiritual focus for most Muslims in the country. The mosque acts as the Islamic Cultural Centre as well, vital for provision of Islamic education to Muslim children and the society at large. History The Regent’s Mosque can be traced back to the World War II, as a sign of remembrance of huge Muslim population in the British Empire...

Cathedral of Christ of Light - An Exquisite Church

Samuel Dorsi

The Cathedral of Christ of Light is located in Oakland, California. It is a Catholic church that was dedicated in 2008, and since then, has been a remarkable example of contemporary religious architecture. The unique circular design of the construction is quite impressive in aesthetic appeal. Moreover, it is also a practical place for worship. The first Mass in Oakland’s East Bay area was supervised and officiated by a Spanish Franciscan friar. It was recorded in 1772. A few decades later after...