Mexico Sacred Sites and Religious Places - Religious and Historical Attractions in Mexico. Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Mexico profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name.
Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Mexico. Chichén ItzáYucatan, MexicoChichén Itzá is the largest of the ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. A center of Mayan pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, it is now one of Mexico's most-visited tourist destinations. Great Pyramid of CholulaPuebla, MexicoThe largest ancient structure in Mexico, this pyramid is now covered in grass and topped with a church. UxmalUxmal, MexicoThe late-Classic Maya site of Uxmal was built before the 10th century AD and is one of the most complex and harmonious expressions of Puuc architecture.
Ooparts: Out of place Artefacts. The topic of dinosaur and human footprints side by side sends an understandable shudder down the spines of Geologists worldwide, but try as they might to turn their back on it, the subject just won't go away.
There are of course several fully accepted cases of fossilised human footprints but they all date from before Mary Leaky's discovery of the 'Lucy' footprint in Laetoli, which is estimated at 3.7 million years old. This is currently the oldest un-refuted humanoid footprint on record. All other footprint from rock strata from before this date are considered hoaxes or coincidences.
The following examples are a selection of accredited reports of human footprints (remains) in strata older than 3.7 million years: Example 1: In 1983 Professor Amanniyazov, Director of Turkmenia's Institute of Geology, reported what appeared to be human footprints in Mesozoic strata. (Bushnev, Alexander, Komsomolskya Pravda, January 31, 1995, p. 61ff.)
Smithsonian Acknowledges Problem. Places. Egyptian Pyramids and Temples of Egypt with Maps. How Old is the Sphinx? The head of the Sphinx emerging from the sand The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most recognizable man-made objects in the world.
Despite this, it is also one of the most mysterious man-made objects in the world. Even if you accept the general consensus of who built the Sphinx, when and why, you are still left with many questions that have not been, or cannot be, answered. However, not everyone accepts the general consensus and therefore, the Sphinx is even more of enigma to them. One of the mysteries of the Sphinx that has possibly been answered, but the answer is often disputed, is the age of the Sphinx. If you deny the general consensus of the age of the Sphinx, you are left with the question of who built it.
According to translations of the “Dream Stela” at the foot of the Sphinx, King Thutmose IV came across the head of the Sphinx when he was still a prince. According to Egypt’s premiere archaeologist, Dr. Dr. Great Pyramid of Giza. The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt.
It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure.
Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. History and description The Pyramids of Egypt. The very first pyramid in Egypt was built for King Zoser (Djoser) around 2650 BC.
It is known as a Step-Pyramid as it does not have a true pyramid shape but rises to the top in five giant steps (see the people to the left of the pyramid to give you an idea of how large it is). The step pyramid is basically five Mastabas - one on top of the other, with each one getting smaller as you near the top. And this is exactly how the whole idea for a pyramid came about in the first place. Look closely at Zoser’s Step-Pyramid. Can you see the original Mastaba that was built for the king in the lower-right section of the pyramid? By building a monument shaped like a pyramid the Egyptians would have believed that they were re-creating the shape of the first land that emerged from the sea at the beginning of time. Chinese Pyramids Evidence of Alien Visitors ~ 2012 CHANGES ARE NOW.
Mysterious Pyramid Baffles Chinese Scientists. No one seems to know the origin or the meaning behind a mysterious pyramid that sits atop Mount Baigong in western China that local legends claim is an alien UFO launch tower. Nine scientists form the team that will travel to the western province of Qinghai and the mouth of this 165-198 foot tall structure known as the “ET Relics.” “The pyramid has three caves with openings shaped like triangles on its façade and is filled with red-hued pipes leading into the mountain and a nearby salt water lake,” says China’s state-run Xinhua agency. To add to the mystery, iron debris and unusually shaped stones are scattered about the desolate area. “The theory that the pyramid was created by extra terrestrials is “understandable and worth looking into…but scientific means must be employed to prove whether or not it is true,” says Yang Ji, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
On the beach at nearby Toson Lake, many strangely-shaped iron pipes lay amid the sands and rocks. . ( Link ) Lost Cities. There isn't anything quite as chilling as a city bereft of its inhabitants.
A silent array of towers, walls and houses, without voices or the hubbub of everyday life. A place solely constructed to shelter people, that now has no purpose. Abandoned cities can be found around the world. Sometimes they were killed by war, while others starved in famine. In the case of the most ancient cities, the mystery of their deaths may never be solved. The Secret City on the Mountain Top In 1911 Professor Hiram Bingham, of Yale University, mounted an expedition to Peru to examine Inca ruins (The Inca Empire ruled Peru from 1200 A.D. to 1532). Hiring a guide, Bingham set off in a cold drizzle through a forest and up a long slope. After a two hour climb, Bingham finally was led to a fantastic sight: perched between two peaks was a city. The city is now known as Machu Picchu. The Mayans Move Out Few peoples in history are as mysterious as the ancient Mayans of Central America.
The Palace in the Cliff. Oak Island Mystery. One can only wonder what would have happened if young Daniel McGinnis had chosen to go exploring somewhere else on that fateful day in the summer of 1795. If he had, perhaps nobody else would have walked the woods on the eastern end of Oak Island for the next ten years. In that time, the clearing McGinnis found might have been reclaimed completely by the woods. In a forest, the thirteen foot-wide depression in the ground might never have been noticed. Thick, leafy branches might have obscured the old tackle block hanging from a branch directly over the pit. Without these markers, there would have been nothing to indicate that this was the work of man. But McGinnis did see the clearing and the depression and the tackle block. Undoubtedly, the three must have thought they were on the verge of discovering the treasure of Captain William Kidd. The island McGinnis, Smith and Vaughan were on was one of 300 small isles in the Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Lalibela [The Mystery of Ethiopia's Extraordinary Excavated Churches] Sacred Destinations ^ Posted on Thu Mar 3 15:48:08 2011 by marshmallow The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the world's most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.
Bet Giorgis (St. George) Were it not for these extraordinary churches, Lalibela would almost certainly be well off the tourist radar. Of Lalibela's 8-10,000 people, over 1,000 are priests. History The town of Lalibela was originally known as Roha. King Lalibela's goal was to create a New Jerusalem for those who could not make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (and to create a sacred city to rival powerful Axum, with its Ark of the Covenant). (Excerpt) Read more at sacred-destinations.com ... TOPICS: Catholic; History; Orthodox Christian; WorshipKEYWORDS: ethiopia; godsgravesglyphs; lalibela More pictures at link. To: marshmallow Wow! Machu Picchu « WeirdSciences. Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Picchu, “Old mountain”) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level.
It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cusco. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It was built around the year 1450, but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Forgotten for centuries, the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. History Machu Picchu was constructed around 1460, at the height of the Inca Empire. The Citadel Another theory maintains that Machu Picchu was Inca “llacta”: a settlement built to control the economy of the conquered regions. Location. Rosslyn Chapel and 2012. While Rosslyn Chapel was a rather unknown tourist attraction in the Scottish village Roslin near Edinburgh, all of this changed after the publication of the book ’The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown which turned Rosslyn Chapel into a real pilgrimage in the last few years.
As long as the Holy Grail has not been recovered from the sealed crypt underneath the chapel, a real ‘treasure’ was revealed on ground radar scans, the rumours about the secrets that the chapel is supposed to hide will only increase. The Rosslyn Chapel Trust preserves the myth by not allowing the crypt to be opened. Ground radar scans made without the consent of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust have so far revealed a secret tunnel between the chapel and Rosslyn Castle. The question however is if the Holy Grail that is supposed to be buried underneath Rosslyn Chapel is the chalice of the Last Supper, the Ark of the Covenant, or as some think Baphomet the head of John the Baptist? Sinclair coat of arms The Green Man Jan Wicherink. Ancient underwater cities being found that are 10,000 years old.
Lost city 'could rewrite history' By BBC News Online's Tom Housden The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history.
Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 meters (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old. The vast city - which is five miles long and two miles wide - is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years. The site was discovered by chance last year by oceanographers from India's National Institute of Ocean Technology conducting a survey of pollution.
Using sidescan sonar - which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean they identified huge geometrical structures at a depth of 120ft. Lost civilization The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years. Continued... Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World. Lost World under the North Sea. It also serves as a warning for the scale of impact that climate change can cause, Professor Gaffney says. Human communities would have lost their homelands as the rising water began to encroach upon the wide, low-lying plains. "At times this change would have been insidious and slow - but at times, it could have been terrifyingly fast. It would have been very traumatic for these people," he says. [Some of the advances by the sea would have been similar to the widespread flooding of the English East Coast in 1953. That happened overnight as a result of strong winds and a particularly high tide, but in the case of the North Sea plains the floodwaters would not have receded - at least not completely, and not permanently.]
"It would be a mistake to think that these people were unsophisticated or without culture... they would have had names for the rivers and hills and spiritual associations - it would have been a catastrophic loss," says Professor Gaffney. Famous Ancient Sunken Cities Around the World (PHOTOS) Ruins of numerous such cities, submerged beneath the sea, have been discovered across the world. Most of these finds were a result of the constant effort to find the fictional and lost city of Atlantis, which has many assumptions associated with its actual existence. In March last year, researchers claimed that Atlantis may be found in the marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, southwest Spain, while few months later another research team likened an ancient 56-million-year-old landscape found submerged beneath the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Orkney-Shetland Islands, to Atlantis.
In 1999, British historian and cartographer Jim Allen claimed that the legendary lost city of Atlantis was located where present-day Quillacas is. Be it a myth or fact, the existence of Atlantis that possibly got swamped in a massive tsunami in 9600 BC remains to be based on various hypotheses. Know more about some of the famous sunken cities around the world here. Helike, Greece Photo Credit: The Helike Project. Ancient Underwater Sunken Cities. The general population of the world has no idea about these sunken cities, some call them the cities of Atlantis; but thats just myth. These sunken cities predate all other knownÂ civilizationsÂ on earth by thousands of years, so what exactly does that mean? Well it means we are entirely wrong about the history of humanÂ civilization, a host of people will tell you these cities are related to celestial help, basically aliens.
I’m not saying I believe that but I do find these 3 sunken cities to be extremely interesting. There are hundreds of smaller sunken cities that have been found around the world, usually attributed to the hunt to find Atlantis, but these are true cities that existed in a time we thought we where all living in caves. The Cambay Ruins, found off the coast of India in the bay of Cambay is one of many ancient sunken cities we currently know about. Stone statue resembling that of the Egyptians Montage of the Ruins of Cambay Step Pyramid of Yonaguni Ancient Yonaguni Walkway. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Stone Circles of Cumbria and the Lake District. Megalithic Sites - Megalithic Sites of the World.
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