Religion is a very important part of a person’s life. It brings together a group of people and creates harmony.However it can cause strife and wars too. Many wars have centred around religion. Many cities have been built on the basis of religion. Their economy is mainly based on religious tourism. Here are the most famous ones:
Jerusalem, Israel – It is one of the oldest cities in the world.It is of religious significance for three major religions of the world – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The city has been destroyed completely and build twice in its long history.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia – It is the holiest city for muslims.More than 3 million people visit the city for the annual haj pilgrimage. Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every muslim is expected to visit Mecca once in his lifetime. Law of Saudi Arabia prohibits entry of non-muslims in Mecca.
Varanasi, India – According to popular legend Lord Shiva built this city. It is the holiest city of the Hindu faith.It is a holy place for Buddhist and Jains as well.The main attraction of the city are the banks of river Ganga known as ghats.There are over hundred ghats in the city which are used for bathing , rituals and burning of dead bodies.One of the most visited cities by foreign tourists.Tour to India is incomplete without a visit to Varanasi.
Vatican City, Rome – This is the holiest city of the Christian faith.It is the residence of the highest authority of Roman Catholics, Pope since 1377.The saint Peter’s church, vatican library and Vatican museum are a few of many places to visit. It has its own history of art. Most of the sculptures are made by famous artist Michelangelo.