Religious Tourism: Places of Pilgrimages listed by UNESCO

It is well known that religious tourism and pilgrim tours are becoming more and more popular today. A number of spiritual sites are listed by UNESCO as well. However, what is the situation of the pilgrim places belonging to minority religion in the given country? Let us look at Protestant UNESCO site in Catholic Poland, at Buddhist treasure in Muslim Pakistan, at Hindu sanctuary in Buddhist Vietnam or even Jewish quarter in the atheistic Czech Republic.


Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

Theodore Slate

The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, located in Poland, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, are the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe. This intriguing religious complex was established as a product of the 16th and 17th centuries, when religious wars between followers of the reformation and Catholics broke out in several European countries and regions, including Silesia...

Jewish Quarter in Třebíč

Andrew J. Wein

The Jewish culture and tradition that have always been an important part of Czech history are represented in the UNESCO World Heritage List by a uniquely preserved Jewish Quarter in a southwest Moravian town of Třebíč...

The Buddhist Treasures of Takht-i-Bahi

Daniel A. Tanner

According to stories, later in the Buddha’s life he came to Gandhara, an ancient region of northern Pakistan containing Swat Valley, Peshawar area, and the north Indus Plain, to teach. While Buddhism has left this area, Gandhara was an important core in the spread of this philosophy. The most striking Buddhist site is Tahkt-i-Bahi near Mardan...

Lamu Old Town

Andrew J. Wein

Off the coast of Kenya, this Muslim enclave's roots go back to the days when Arabs controlled trade in East Africa. Now with the invasion of tourism, the question remains: What is going to happen to this fantastically preserved place?

My Son Sanctuary

Kevin Eagan

The Hindu temple complex My Son, located 69 km southwest of Danang in Vietnam, was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, between the 4th and 12th centuries. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king.