These are the World's Most Beautiful Sacred Places
Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is one of the world’s most beautiful sacred places.(Photo by Ben Pipe/robertharding/Corbis. Design by Lauren DeLuca for Yahoo Travel.)
By the Budget Travel Editors
These places have been inspiring more than just vacation ideas for centuries. Long revered for their gorgeous scenery and spiritual significance, here are 11 beautiful sacred spots—from the Holy Land to the American Southwest—that welcome visitors of all faiths.
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, is built over the cave, or grotto, in which Jesus is believed by many to have been born during the reign of Caesar Augustus. (Maria Wachala/Dreamstime)
The first basilica of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was built in the 4th century by the Roman Emperor Constantine and has been a sacred place for Christians and Muslims for centuries, surviving a wide variety of political and religious conflicts. (Asafta/Dreamstime)
The U.S. State Department has a travel advisory posted cautioning Americans about visiting the West Bank, but locals say that despite ongoing tensions in the region, visitors are always welcome at the Church of the Nativity and that Christmas celebrations are appropriately peaceful. (Rrodrickbeiler/Dreamstime)