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Incredible Natural Sacred Sites Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/13/10 11:47 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

In 1856, Henry David Thoreau proclaimed in his journal: "Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity, so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."

You don't have to be a Transcendentalist to appreciate his sentiment; indeed, people and faiths all over the world have understood this for millennia. From the highest peaks of the Himalayas to deep blue waters of the Americas, some of the world's most sacred spaces are also its most naturally beautiful. Have a look for yourself!

And, as always, if you're going to travel in nature, travel with care!

Have you seen these--or other--natural sacred spaces yourself? We'd love to see your photos!

What sacred natural spaces around the world have left you in awe? Share your photos here!
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Mt. Sinai, Egypt
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Pilgrims and tourists alike make the trek up Mt. Sinai at sunrise, believed to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Photo: Kelly McKeever
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