Top 5 Holy Sites
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1. Ossuary at Kutna Hora, Czech Republic- The Crypt Chapel is decorated with human bones: Religious symbols, lighting fixtures, etc. Creepy but strangely respectful.
2. The Vatican- Yes St. Peter's is huge and full of Renaissance splendor, but the Sistine Chapel, even with all the gawkers, felt more holy to me than anywhere else in the Vatican. God's grace could only be responsible for the talent of such a great artist.
3. Church of our Lady, Bruges, Belgium- Landmark church that you can see throughout Bruges due to its tall spire. Feels like a cathedral. The high point is a classic Michaelangelo marble sculpture of Mary with Jesus. It's understated and beautifully plaintive and gave me goosebumps when I saw it. It was the only Michaelangelo work to leave Italy in his lifetime.
4. Basilique de Notre Dame, Montreal- Beautiful gothic Cathedral in the heart of the old town of Montreal. Wonderful wood carvings and a splendid evening light show that depicts the history of Catholicism in Quebec.
5. The National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore, Maryland- The Mother Cathedral of Catholicism in America and a symbol of religious freedom, this church has recently been restored to its former glory. Nice crypt chapel underneath.
Honorable Mentions: The Pantheon in Rome, Basilica of San Marco, Venice; The Duomo of Florence, The Duomo of Siena, The shrine of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Spain, The stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah Georgia; Dom Katedral, Cologne Germany; Stephansdom, Vienna, Austria; Basilica de St. Anne de Beaupret, Quebec Canada.