The Planet's Most Spiritual Places

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 09 Mar 2023

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This majestically illustrated and deeply insightful guide explores 100 of the most spiritually significant places throughout the world, seeking to understand what it is that defines these sites.

has a multitude of meanings for the many who seek deeper significance in their lives. From ancient religions with their timeless places of worship to modern, contemporary followers of faith and new age travellers seeking enlightenment and illumination, we are drawn to all kinds of places in the search for profound meaning.

From a Polish Catholic praying in a large cathedral to a Portuguese surfer speechless in wonder at the majesty of the ocean, spirituality knows no bounds.ThePlanet’s Most Spiritual Places brings together all definitions to present some of the most important places of spiritual significance, in stunning and immersive detail.

We recognize that one person’s spirituality can inspire another no matter their origin, history or nationality. We have included sites of spirituality from all around the world, from the established to the exotic, determining a number of fundamental definitions for our spiritual destinations:
1. Ancient Monuments 
2. Places of Worship 
3. Natural Wonders 
4. Centres of Enlightenment 
5. Pilgrimage 
6. Living Landmarks 
As readers will discover, the complex history of the world often defines where – and how – spirituality can be found. The modern is as important as the ancient, and the free-form as important as the organised. What counts is the spiritual nature of the site, wherever it is, whoever visits it and whatever they believe.

Insightful text is complemented by superb photography, maps ancient and modern and engaging illustrations of the plethora of places contained within. The whole world is covered, continent by continent, and a wide variety of religions, belief systems and faiths. 
This majestically illustrated and deeply insightful guide explores 100 of the most spiritually significant places throughout the world, seeking to understand what it is that defines these sites.


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This beautiful book is a visual treat, a must see and must read! I love how this book is laid out with maps, informative facts and valuable insight on the most spiritual places. The photography is stunning! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This is one of the most beautiful coffee table books I’ve ever had the pleasure to peruse! The photos are stunning and the information provide on each sacred place is informative and interesting. The photos are divided into several sections: Ancient Monuments, Places of Worship, Pilgrimages, Natural Wonders, Centres of Enlightenment, and Irving Landmarks. And they’re all my favorites!

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I love this book. It’s super informative for aspiring travelers who have worldly interests. The photos are breathtaking and it made me realize a little more on just how beautiful our planet is and how there is so much to see. It is 5 stars for a travel book because it is everything you would need with super clear organization and facts.

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This book, The Planet’s Most Spiritual Places, is my 11th book of the year (2023). I consider it a magical adventure around the world exploring various religions and places of majestic spirituality. Not only did I love the multitude of high-quality, beautiful photos of each spiritual place, but I learned an incredible amount of information reading about each place.

I only knew a handful of the places so I was eager to learn about what each place means to people who believe in many different religions. Something I thought was really interesting was how similar some of the practices of the various religions were regarding these religious and spiritual places, such as the fact that many of the places hold the remains of important people in the faiths.

I am so incredibly grateful to have read this book and I would recommend anyone to read it, as it includes in its pages so much detailed information about each place. Even though there was a lot of information, it was not an overload of information. I feel like I actually visited each place. Reading this book encourages me to visit some of these places in real life. I have only visited one out of all of them, but I’d love to visit more.

My only critique is how this book functions as an eBook. I had to Zoom in and out to read about each place and sometimes it was frustrating.

Without a doubt, this book gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. I am so grateful to NetGalley, Malcolm Croft (the author) and Quarto Publishing Group- Ivy Press (the publishers) for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Stunning photographs are the highlight of this beautiful book. The focus as the title suggests are Spiritual Places. Sections include: Ancient Monuments, Places of Worship, Pilgrimages, Natural Wonders, Centers of Enlightenment and Living Landmarks. I’ve been to several of the sites in Europe and the USA. Many others are famous and familiar but it also includes less known locations too. Going on a pilgramge is on my bucket list and so I found that section especially interesting.

Each location includes information about the sight and its history. And I especially liked that small maps are included to help with locations. This is a coffee table book for a traveler or someone who enjoys learning about historical places. I’d gladly own this book or borrow it from a library. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Ivy Press for the temporary ARC in exchange for a review.

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