The United States of America is one of the most vibrant destinations you can ever visit. However, if there’s one aspect about this country that remains less talked about, it is the religious side of its places and people. Here’s presenting places of worship that promise a one-of-its-kind experience while visiting the U.S.
1) Sakya Monastery
If you are looking for some peace and quiet head to The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism is known as treasure in Seattle, Washington, with a head lama third in rank below the Dalai Lama himself. The monastery is associated with the Sakya school, one of four traditional schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
The colorful exterior alone – brightly painted in red and yellow and complete with prayer wheels covered in Tibetan script – is worth a visit, but several times each week the public is welcomed in for meditation. The interior features beautiful statues, meditation rooms and a library.
Throughout the year, various memorial events and ritual celebrations take place, some of which are open to the public. Frequent classes and lectures occur in the evening, ranging from “Practical Tibetan” for travelers to bead-making. All events are free but donations are happily accepted.
The Sakya Monastery of Seattle also runs a Tara Meditation Center for retreats, located on Whidbey Island.
To reach there, from Interstate 5, take the 85th Street Exit and go west. Cross Aurora Avenue and Greenwood Avenue N. At the second light after Greenwood Avenue N., turn left onto 1st Avenue NW. Sakya Monastery is two blocks down on the right at the intersection of 1st Avenue NW and NW 83rd Street.
2) Bahai House of Worship
When the sun rises over beautiful Lake Michigan, the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette catches one of the best glimpses. Affectionately and appropriately called the “Dawning Place,” the temple is one of suburban Chicago’s most pristine architectural wonders.
Though spread across four continents, the Bahai faith has about seven odd temples around the globe. This makes each of them a rare marvel and therefore, a must visit irrespective of your religious preferences. The Bahai House of Worship located in Wilmette, about half an hour north of Chicago, Illinois, is more than half-a-century old and merits a visit for more reasons that one. It not just gives you an insight into the fundamentals of this religion but also makes for a beautiful architectural delight. A circular cement construction, it is carved with such elaborate detailing that from a distance, it almost appears to be made with white lace. The nine-sided temple complex is replete with gardens that feature water fountains, making it nothing short of a divine experience. It is located at 100 Linden Avenue in Wilmette.
3) The Chapel on the Rock
If you have ever imagined a quaint place of worship by a clear blue lake and a gathering of bright green trees, this is the place that will transform your imagination into reality. The Chapel on the Rock (officially, Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel) is a tourist landmark in Allenspark, Colorado, USA. The chapel is located on the grounds of the Saint Malo Retreat, Conference, and Spiritual Center of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. The chapel is open to the public. This church is built upon what was once a camping site. Built after 20 years of gathering funds for its construction and numerous battles with the local authorities to protect the original curve of the road that leads to the chapel, it remains a spectacular site that was even visited by Pope John Paul Despite a devastating fire in 2011 that destroyed a lot of its surroundings, the chapel remains open for visitors.