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Foreword by Graham Hancock, author of #1 Bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods.

National Geographic photographer and anthropologist, MARTIN GRAY is recognized throughout the world as the premier expert in the study of sacred sites, holy places and pilgrimage traditions. 

During a thirty-year period he traveled extensively in more than one hundred and forty countries to study and photograph many hundreds of sacred places of prehistoric, historic and contemporary cultures. Martin is an expert in the subjects of ancient religion, sacred geography, archaeoastronomy and ecopsychology. 

Sacred Europe is the most comprehensive work of its kind ever assembled.

Sacred sites include:

Church of the Virgin Mary, Geghard Monastery — Armenia

Etchmiadzin Cathedral — Armenia

Garni Temple — Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery — Armenia

Mt. Ararat — Armenia

Pilgrimage Church of Mariahilf, Hallstatt — Austria

Medjugorje — Bosnia

Rila Monastery — Bulgaria

Bornholm Island — Denmark

Abbey of Conques — France

Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes — France

Cathedral of Notre Dame, Le Puy — France

Church of Three Saints, Saintes de la Mer — France

Mont-Saint-Michel — France

Mt. Blanc — France

Rocamadour — France

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert — France

Vezelay — France

Gelati — Georgia

Jvari (Dzhvari) — Georgia

Uplistsikhe — Georgia

Externsteine Rocks — Germany

Church of the Megalohari, Tinos — Greece

Delphi — Greece

Monasteries of Mt. Athos — Greece

Monastery of Rousanou, Meteora — Greece

Monastery of St. John, Patmos — Greece

Mt. Olympus — Greece

Parthenon, Athens — Greece

Blarney Stone — Ireland

Carrowkeel — Ireland

Carrowmore — Ireland

Holy Wells — Ireland

Loughcrew — Ireland

Mt. Croagh Patrick — Ireland

New Grange, Knowth Dowth — Ireland

Skellig Michael — Ireland

The Round Towers — Ireland

Franciscan Holy Places, Assisi — Italy

Sanctuary of Monte Gargano — Italy

Temple of Hera, Paestum — Italy

The Holy House of Loreto — Italy

Basilica of Our Lady of Aglona — Latvia
Hill of Crosses — Lithuania
Neolithic Temples — Malta

Ostrog Monastery — Montenegro

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim — Norway

Marian Sanctuary of Jasna Gora, Czestochowa — Poland

Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima — Portugal

Cathedral of St. Sophia, Novgorod — Russia

Monastery of Optina Pustyn — Russia

Monastery of the Transfiguration, Valaam — Russia

Monastery of Trinity-St. Sergius, Sergiev Posad — Russia

Black Virgin of Guadalupe — Spain

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, Zaragoza — Spain

Santiago de Compostela — Spain

Walled City of Avila — Spain

The Benedictine Einsieldeln Abbey — Switzerland

Kiev Perchersk Lavra — Ukraine

Pochayiv Lavra — Ukraine

Svyatogorsk Monastery — Ukraine

Troyitsko-Illynsky Monastery — Ukraine

Avebury Stone Ring — England, United Kingdom

Bath — England, United Kingdom

Callanish Stone Ring — Scotland, United Kingdom

Canterbury — England, United Kingdom

Durham and York — England, United Kingdom

Men-an-Tol Stone, Cornwall — England, United Kingdom

St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall — England, United Kingdom

St. Michael's Tower, Glastonbury — England, United Kingdom

Stonehenge — England, United Kingdom

Stones of Stenness — Scotland, United Kingdom

The Cerne Abbas Giant — England, United Kingdom

In 1997, Martin launched SacredSites.com. Since then, more than thirty-five million people have visited the website. In 2004 National Geographic published The Geography of Religion, of which Martin was the principal photographer. 

Travel & Adventure
7 June

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