Here’s part two of The Lonely Planet’s novel Top ten List: The Top 10 Holiest places for a spiritual experience. The top 5 were Ife, Nigeria, Jerusalem, The temple of Somnath in India, Mount Kenya, and Mount Kailash, Tibet.
6. MOUNT SINAI, EGYPT is in the number 6 spot.
It’s where God is believed to have revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses. And it’s the site of the Santa Catarina Monastery, which believers think is built at the location of the burning bush that gave Moses his orders.
7. TAI SHAN, CHINA
Taoists believe this is the most holy of five sacred Taoist mountains.
8. ISLA DEL SOL, LAKE TITICACA, BOLIVIA
Machu Picchu might be magical, but if you want to see the mythical beginnings mighty Inca empire, head to the ‘Island of the Sun’, floating in azure Lake Titicaca. At the northern end of the island, sits the sacred rock from which, according to lore, the bearded god Viracocha created the founders of the Inca dynasty.
9. MOUNT OLYMPUS, GREECE
Murder, infidelity, incest, doublecrossing: the tales of the Greek gods read like a particularly lurid soap opera. Their home, Mt Olympus, is a suitably dramatic backdrop. It’s a two-day ascent to reach the immortals’ home
10. LAKE CHELAN, WASHINGTON, USA
Native Americans believe the Great Chief Above created the world, all the animals and humans, for whom he left an instruction manual: a series of red ochre pictographs depicting hunting and other activities. Some are now underwater but a few can still be seen here.