Christianity as a religion has 2000+ years of impacting every aspect of world culture. Many sites, monuments and artifacts spread all over the world tell about the history of the world most practiced religion.
The following are 5 less conventional and somewhat unknown sites that have great part in telling the story of Christianity while giving a glimpse of history to believers and tourists alike. So if you are in the neighborhood, make sure to stop by. We included the information below so your visit will be as spiritual as possible.
La Merced Church and Convent in Cuzco Peru
Built in 1536, this fully functioning convent of the Merced order was rebuilt in 1650 due to an earthquake. This church houses many great artifacts most notably the Custodia de la Merced jewel, which can be found here. This jewel is made of 24 carat gold with no less than 1518 diamonds together with a combination of 615 precious stones encrusted with it.
Morning: 8:00 to 12:30
Afternoon: 14:00 to 17:30
Museum Cost: $6.00 USD
Opening of the church:
Monday to Saturday: 7:00 to 16: 30 and from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs.
On Sundays from 6:00 am to 13:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 hrs.
The Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY, USA
Skipping over to the northerly neighbors, in the US the Modern Marvel aptly named the Creation Museum comes alive. This state of the art 75,000 square foot museum boasts live exhibits, where believers and tourists alike, can relive some biblical experiences. Imagine journeying through the creation story as told in Genesis while enjoying the breathtaking exhibits.
If you have ever dreamt of seeing the stars, imagine flying through the known cosmos, while learning about the intricate nature of the One who made them.
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 18:00
Sunday: Noon – 18:00
Starts at $30.00 USD
Einsiedeln Abbey, Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Famous for priceless artifacts such as the Black Madonna series, the Einsiedeln Abbey is a catholic order of Benedictine monks. This Switzerland-based church has a 1000 year history with a library filled with knowledge that dates through the millennia.
Feel free to visit the Abbey and have the monks give a guided tour offered in multiple languages. Pre appointment gives access to the following languages: German, French, English, Italian, Netherlands, Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese. You can also find the booking information below.
Tel. +41 (0)55 418 44 88
Fax +41 (0)55 418 44 80
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
The typical world view of Africa is a nation of many religions and this assumption would be totally correct. However, the Coptic Church exists since the 1st century AD and some believe Ethiopia is he first country that converted to Christianity.
During this long history, in the 12th century King Lalibela built no less than eleven churches out of the red volcanic rocks present at the time., Many of the churches were hewn from one rock into the earth instead of atop it.
Below is the Bete Maryam, the oldest of all monolithic churches, that also holds replicas of the Tombs of Adam and Christ.
Memorial to the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan, Nagasaki , Japan
Just as with its African sister, the church in Japan faced a period of great turbulence and instability.
Christianity was initially accepted in Japan until the 1500’s when Imperial views shifted and the new religion was made illegal. It was during this time, in the city of Nagasaki, 26 believers marched by force a distance of 800km and crucified on Nishizaka Hill. During the crucifixion, the bodies were repeatedly speared until death welcomed the believers Home.
In 1862, many of the martyrs were canonized by the Roman Catholic Church hence 100 years later, a monument was erected in o to celebrate the memory of the fallen priests.
Entrance to the site of the monument and church is free.
Museum entrance fee: $6 USD
Hours: 9:00- 17:00