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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Mapping the religious wonders of North and South America

Note: CNN found 8 wonders (8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.), and there may be many more depending on the selection or range or more to emerge in the multifaith mosaic of America. No wonder a comment at CNN "missing are: National Cathedral and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C." Another comment at Newser: "Compared with the cathedrals one can see in Europe, complete with incredible art, calling these marvels is a bit of a stretch.." Yet another comment at Newser: "The archaic structures are very beautiful, and I've always loved Gothic architecture. there's a GORGEOUS Hindu temple down the street from my house. It looks like a giant sand castle. shown here...i cant believe it didn't make the list: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Lilburn, Georgia

8 Religious Wonders of the American World
This article originally appeared on CNN. Extract:
By Marina Csomor – People visit Jerusalem for the rich history, interwoven religious narratives and crumbling holy walls. They visit Europe for ornate churches with painted ceilings and golden trim. They visit India for peace of mind, finding serenity in its carved and colorful temples scattered along the sacred Ganges River.
But people rarely travel the U.S. in search of such sanctuaries. After all, what religious wisdom could America, a country still in its youth at 236 years old, have to offer?
Although the country may not have a reputation for religious landmarks, America is home to more than just secular city halls and strip malls. Whether or not you practice a faith, visiting these beautiful and historic U.S. religious spots may provide inspiration.
  • Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois
  • Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California
  • Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Temple Emanu-El in New York City
  • Palace of Gold in Moundsville, West Virginia
  • Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City continue reading @ or @ Newser

  • 5 Religious Marvels in America, SiliconIndia
    Bangalore: India is globally recognized as the 'Land of Temples' and Indians are known to be immensely fanatic about their religion. Even though America is not so renowned for its religious landmarks, there are few outstanding shrines in the U.S. which draws people from various parts of the world. Here is a list if 5 religious marvels in U.S., as listed by in CNN by Marina Csomor-
  • The Bahai House of Worship
  • Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California
  • Islamic Center of America in Dearborn
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Salt Lake Temple
    continue reading @ SiliconIndia

  • Graphic : A demographic breakdown of the world of religion image courtesy: Graphic religion

  • Hindu Mandir, Dollard des Ormeaux, Québec -- more here: Québec’s attractions: Religious heritage
  • Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto
  • Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid, Scarborough
  • Ismaili Jamatkhana and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (under construction)
  • Ontario Khalsa Darbar Dixie
  • Zen Buddhist Temple, Toronto
  • Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa; see more Ontario - Religious Sites
  • Much more here: Places of worship in Canada

    South America:
  • The Baha'i temple to be built in Santiago, Chile, will be the first Baha'i house of worship in South America.

    On the same shelf:
  • Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centres, Akel Kahera
  • Houses of Worship: An Identification Guide to the History and Styles of American Religious Architecture, Jeffery W. Howe
  • Deconstructing the American Mosque [ DECONSTRUCTING THE AMERICAN MOSQUE, Akel Ismail Kahera
  • Comprehensive Study of U.S. Mosques, A survey by Hartford Seminary
  • The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 PEW Forum 
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