Pilgrims swarm around the Great Mosque during the Haj at night.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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The temple complex with the 16th-century Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Amritsar, Punjab State, India.
A view of Mt. Ararat and the monastery of Khor Virap.
Mount Ararat, Turkey.
Stone building blocks of the Great Pyramid.
Giza Plateau near Cairo, Egypt.
Ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background.
The temple of Angkor Wat after sunrise.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Statue of Mary on the Hill of Crosses.
Early morning fog on the Ganges river.
Benares (Varanasi), India.
The holy city and burial shrine of Moulay Idris I.
Moulay Idris, Morocco.
The exterior of the Great Mosque built 709-715 AD.
Russian Orthodox Mary Magdalen church and the Dome of the Rock.
St. Michael's Tower on top of Glastonbury Tor.
The pyramids at Giza and Cairo in the foreground.
Giza and Cairo, Egypt.
A detail of Persian tile work.
El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulcan, the feathered serpent.
Chichen Itza, Mexico.
The ruins and remains of Machu Picchu city and the Machu Picchu peak.
Machu Picchu, Peru.
The Parthenon at moonrise.
Aerial view of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.
Camel and two pyramids at Giza.
Prayers at the Mosque of the Prophet at twilight.
Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Stone circle at Stonehenge.
Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha inside Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat.
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat temple, Phitsamulok, Thailand.
The Jain temple complex.
Shatrunjaya-Palitana, Gujarat State, India.
Buddhha's footprints carved in stone and strewn with flowers.
Bodh Gaya Monastery, Bihar State, India.
Mount Olympus, home of the gods of ancient Greece.
Mount Olympus, Greece.
Rock-hewn church of Bet Giorgis.
Mt. Iztaccihuatl seen from the slopes of Mt. Popocatepetl.
Mt. Iztaccihuatl, Mexico.
A buddhist monk in a doorway and a carved stone head.
Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia.
A view of the city of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock.
Giant strangler fig tree roots embrace the crumbling Ta Prohm temple.
Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Stone carvings of the goddess Shakti and the serpent form of Shiva.
Srisailam (Sriparvata) temple, Andhra Pradesh State, India.
The Pyramids of Meroe.
Meroe, Nubian Desert, Sudan.
Close view of the Sphinx.
Mount Kailas sacred pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
Mount Kailas, India.
Interior of the Dome of the Rock with sacred rock.
Old City, Jerusalem.
The 16-th century Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Sikh pilgrims at the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Mayan Temple of the Inscriptions.
Palenque, Chiapas State, Mexico.
The Mosque of the Prophet and green dome above the tomb of Muhammad.
The Kali temple of Dakshineswar.
Calcutta, West Bengal State, India.
People walk among the stones of Avebury circle.
A painting of the Kaaba, a train, a plane and a boat on a house wall.
Nabataean temple of El Deir.
Romanesque Sacre Coeur or Sacred Heart basilica of Paray le Monial.
Paray le Monial, Department of S￢one-Loire, Burgundy, France.
Temples on the banks of the River Ganges and pilgrims.
Hardwar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Volcano crater of Mount Haleakala.
Mount Haleakala, Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands.
A Hasidic Jew prays at the Wailing Wall.
The House of the Magician at Uxmal.
Temple II, left and Temple I, right, at the Mayan site of Tikal.
Tikal, Peten Department, Guatemala.
Greek Orthodox monastery of Roussanou.
Meteora, Thessaly, Greece.
A stone bas relief of the Buddha's footprints at the Mahabodhi Temple.
Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.
The Chapel of the Nativity built on the site of Jesus' birth.
The place of birth of Jesus in the Chapel of the Nativity.
Varanasi (Benares), India.
Pueblo Bonito, Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon.
Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
The colonnade of the Temple of Jupiter and the Bacchus temple (RT).
Cerne Abbas Giant and grazing sheep.
The town and temple complex of Badrinath on the Alaknanda River.
Badrinath, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Rear view of stone statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali.
Vindhyagiri hill, Sravanabelagola, Karnataka State, India.
A stone carving of Viracocha.
Great Mosque of Damascus.
Tori gate at the Itsukushima shinto shrine.
Miyajima Island, Japan
The ruins of Machu Picchu.
Temporary tent city during the Kumbh Mela festival.
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh State, India.
A dramatic cloudy sky forms a canopy above the Sikh Golden Temple.
Amritsar, Punjab, India.
The pyramids of Giza beyond the suburbs of Cairo.
Mount Olympus, legendary home of the twelve principal Greek deities.
The island of Mont Saint Michel at low tide.
Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France.
The Devil's Tower or Bear's Lodge.
Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming.
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Lourdes.
The ancient city of Bam.
The Maya ruins at Palenque.
The Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya.
Pueblo Bonito, Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon.
The Jyotir Shiva temple on Omkareshwar Island on the Narmada river.
Omkareshwar Island, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile.
Colossal stone head at the Nemrut Dag archeological site.
Nemrut Dag, Turkey.
The mausoleum of Qusam ibn Abbas in the Shah i Zinde complex.
The Dome of the Rock and its courtyard.
The Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, Mexico.
Wutai Shan, Buddhist pilgrimage site and monasteries in Taiyuan.
Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain) and Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.
Tokyo with Mount Fuji in the distance.
Pura Luhur Temple.
Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia.
The gate or torii of the Shinto Itsukushima Shrine.
Hatsukaishi-Miyajima Island, Honshu Island, Japan.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City, Jerusalem.
Rosaries and crucifixes left by pilgrims at the Hill of Crosses.
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