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.
Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha inside Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat.
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat temple, Phitsamulok, Thailand.
Camel and two pyramids at Giza.
Stone circle at Stonehenge.
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.
Mt. Iztaccihuatl seen from the slopes of Mt. Popocatepetl.
Mt. Iztaccihuatl, Mexico.
Rock-hewn church of Bet Giorgis.
Prayers at the Mosque of the Prophet at twilight.
Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Mount Olympus, home of the gods of ancient Greece.
Mount Olympus, Greece.
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.
A buddhist monk in a doorway and a carved stone head.
Bayon Temple, Angkor, 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.
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.
Nabataean temple of El Deir.
A Hasidic Jew prays at the Wailing Wall.
Volcano crater of Mount Haleakala.
Mount Haleakala, Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands.
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.
Rear view of stone statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali.
Vindhyagiri hill, Sravanabelagola, Karnataka State, India.
The town and temple complex of Badrinath on the Alaknanda River.
Badrinath, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A stone carving of Viracocha.
Tori gate at the Itsukushima shinto shrine.
Miyajima Island, Japan
The ruins of Machu Picchu.
A dramatic cloudy sky forms a canopy above the Sikh Golden Temple.
Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Great Mosque of Damascus.
Temporary tent city during the Kumbh Mela festival.
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh State, India.
The pyramids of Giza beyond the suburbs of Cairo.
The island of Mont Saint Michel at low tide.
Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France.
Mount Olympus, legendary home of the twelve principal Greek deities.
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.
Pueblo Bonito, Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon.
The Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile.
Colossal stone head at the Nemrut Dag archeological site.
Nemrut Dag, Turkey.
The Jyotir Shiva temple on Omkareshwar Island on the Narmada river.
Omkareshwar Island, Madhya Pradesh, India.
The mausoleum of Qusam ibn Abbas in the Shah i Zinde complex.
The Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, Mexico.
The Dome of the Rock and its courtyard.
Pura Luhur Temple.
Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia.
Tokyo with Mount Fuji in the distance.
Wutai Shan, Buddhist pilgrimage site and monasteries in Taiyuan.
Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain) and Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.
The gate or torii of the Shinto Itsukushima Shrine.
Hatsukaishi-Miyajima Island, Honshu Island, Japan.
Rosaries and crucifixes left by pilgrims at the Hill of Crosses.
The Arunachaleswar Shiva temple complex.
Tiruvanamalai, Tamil Nadu State, India.
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