For as long as we have known, humanity has built certain structures and buildings to show gratitude to a higher power. From stunning cathedrals to impeccably designed mosques, these sacred sites are culturally, historically and religiously significant.
The U.S. has amazing sacred sites, where you can admire the architecture while learning about the meaning and religious importance of the structure.
Here are 8 sacred sites in the U.S. you must visit.
Located in Salt Lake City, this temple is a majesty of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and took 40 years to construct.
Made to of quartz rock, the temple is the fourth temple to be built since 1846, when the Mormon exodus from Illinois.
The temple will be closed for renovations for the next 4 years, so head there by the end of this year to get a look!
Head to Atlanta to visit the church that brought refuge during the Civil Rights movement. The church was the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he co-pastored until his death in 1968. The funeral of Dr. King was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church and is now a National Historic Site.
This Neo-Gothic cathedral is the 6th largest in the world and attracts travelers from around the globe. The 676 feet tall structure boasts 112 gargoyles and 215 stained glass windows.
Known as the landmark synagogue of NYC, this temple, located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 65th Street in Manhattan, is one of the largest Jewish temples in the world.
The views of colorful mosaics, stained-glass windows and golden ceilings will leave you in awe.
Located in Chicago, Illinois, this Hindu temple is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Built by 1,700 volunteers, the building was constructed using materials imported from India, which were carved from Italian marble and Turkish limestone.
If you’re in Chicago, visiting Unity Temple should be on your list of places to see. The building was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright after the church he attended was burnt down in 1905. Wright used geometric shapes and gold-leafed chapels to design the temple, which now draws in thousands of people globally.
Located on Embassy Row, this magnificent mosque is one of the first to be built in the U.S. Opening in 1957, The Islamic Center was one of the largest mosques in the Western Hemispheres for years.
Opened in 1984, this Sikh temple is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Visiting this beautiful temple is a great way to learn more about Sikh culture and religion.