Sacred Europe

Places of Peace and Power

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Publisher Description

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 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. 

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Customer Reviews

Brad Olsen ,

Martin Gray does it again!

I have had a long fascination with sacred places similar to Martin Gray. I can attest both of us have traveled far, walked long distances, and made personal sacrifices to get off the beaten trail to visit these mystical locations. Like Martin, I am in utter fascination, both of these physical location where these sites can be found, and their deeply powerful spiritual qualities. They have inspired humans for centuries, and continue to do so.
"Sacred Europe" is an amazing journey deep into the continent where many of our ancestors harkened from, and where our collective passions reside. Coupled with amazing photographs, Martin's writing is concise, factual, and almost poetic in its seamless flow of prose. The pages of this book are as beautiful as the places they portray. This book is a must-have for anyone fascinated with ancient and recent history, exquisite photography, and a back-story on the most awe-inspirine locations in Europe. Like Martin's first book "Sacred Earth," this book takes us deep in and back out again for the overall experience of seemingly visiting these locations personally. "Sacred Europe" will not disappoint!

Sacred Lawyer ,

Comprehensive and fascinating guide to European Sacred Sites

I like this book. It is like a LONELY PLANET Guide to Sacred Sites in Europe. The eBook contains many sharp (on my iPad 3 with Retina Display) photos of the various Sacred Sites in Europe. The layout, photos, and text are professionally done. It is well researched with an extensive Bibliography and engrossing to read. I like the fact that the author includes not only churches and temples but also prehistoric standing stones and sacred mountains. If you are familiar with the author's previous book SACRED EARTH, then you will like this eBook as well. Although focusing only on Europe, this eBook includes many sites and photographs not included in SACRED EARTH. I feel that this book is great for people who love spirituality and travel.

The book has 6 main parts:

the author's journey to photographing and studying Sacred Sites
a general introduction to Sacred Sites
photos and text of the European Sacred Sites
appendices, including more in-depth essays on some of these sites and a comprehensive list of Sacred Sites in Europe by country
about the author

The author's journey to photographing and studying Sacred Sites is enlightening and gives a perspective on why someone might want to visit these sites. The author did a lot of traveling and visiting to Sacred Sites before consciously deciding to pursue this subject. He also specifically discusses his journey/pilgrimage through Europe.

The general introduction to Sacred Sites discusses what makes a site sacred, as well as observed alignments of the stones or temples with the stars and archaeo-astronomy, sacred geography, and sacred geometry.

The sites are grouped together by country, with the countries being listed in alphabetical order. Each section includes the history and traditional lore about the site as well as the author's personal experiences at the site. The section also includes interactive GOOGLE Maps so you can quickly see where the site is located, which helps if you are planning to visit several of these sites. The author describes and illustrates photographically various types of sites:

* standing stones, such as the Blarney Stone (Ireland), Avebury and Stonehenge (England), and the Callanish Stone Rings (Scotland)
* mountains, such as Mount Blanc (France), Olympus (Greece), and Croagh Patrick (Ireland)
* temples, such as Delphi and Parthenon (Greece) and Paestum (Italy)
* churches, such as Notre Dame and Lourdes (France) and Nidaros Cathedral (Norway)

The bibliography includes the books referenced in the text as well as the author's brief description and comments on these books, which is a nice touch that I appreciate.

The about the author section provides current information on the author, including a link to his website.

To summarize: a book that makes learning about European history and spirituality fascinating.

Sacred Traveler/Student ,

As Advertised. Can't wait for the next one!

I had no idea that St. Patrick was not Irish, and that he lived to be 111! That's just one of many things I learned from Sacred Europe. The pictures are awesome. Loved the intro video, interactive image galleries, and maps. Some of the more popular sites I already knew a thing or two about, but the less popular sites, especially those in Eastern Europe is where I really gained historical perspective on how Christianity, Islam, and Paganism integrated through time. Even more important, the work is objective. Couldn't tell if Martin Gray is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, whatever, so anyone who has an open mind, who seeks wisdom and inspiration, should snag this one up. I also found the price almost absurdly cheap considering the magnitude of content, and research that went into it.

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