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Other contemporary shrines

Outstanding monuments of smaller religious groups

Zushih Temple, Taiwan
Zushih Temple, Taiwan / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Monuments below are arranged by religion and age. Religions also have been arranged by their age.


  • Udvada Atash Behram - India, Gujarat. Oldest functioning Zoroastrian place of worship, consecrated in 1742. Sacred fire was brought from Persia.


  • Temple of Confucius - China, Shandong. Largest and oldest temple of Confucius, established in 478 BC and expanded since then.


  • Zushih Temple - Taiwan, Taipei County. Taoist temple, first built in 1767, but during the reconstruction in 1947 gained unique stonecarving in most details, where no detail is repeated.
  • Tài Shān (Mount Tai) - China, Shandong. This up to 1545 m high mountain is one of five sacred mountains in Tao religion, often regarded as the foremost of them. Pilgrimage site for 3000 years, covered with numerous temples and other monuments. Largest temple - Dai Miao - from the 3rd century BC.
  • Nanyan Temple - China, Hubei. Taoist temple complex hewn in vertical cliff face. Everything - pillars, windows, gates - is hewn at place in cliff. Most spectacular of Mount Wudang temples, also related to birth of such martial arts as kung-fu.


Itsukushima, Japan
Itsukushima, Japan / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Ise Grand Shrine - Japan, Mie. One of holiest Shinto shrines, especially inner shrine - Naikū. Here is worshipped goddess Amaterasu-ōmikami. It is considered that history of this shrine goes back to 4 BC, first shrine built sometimes around 692 AD. Wooden buildings are built in specific style and rebuilt every 20 years.
  • Atsuta Shrine - Japan, Aichi. One of most revered Shinto shrines, established in the late 1st - early 2nd century.
  • Itsukushima Shrine - Japan, Hiroshima Prefecture. One of most beautiful Shinto shrines, with its design established in 1168. Famous feature - wooden gate (tori) standing in sea - one of symbols of Japan.
  • Fushimi Inari - Japan, Kyoto Prefecture. Head shrine of goddess Inari, large temple complex developing since 711 AD. Unusual feature is path to inner shrine covered with thousands of wooden gates (torii) donated by businessman and individuals - as Inari is goddess of industry and worldly success.


  • Menri Monastery - Tibet, Shigatse. Once the most influential Bön monasteries, established in 1405. Destroyed during Cultural Revolution, currently under reconstruction. Bön is oldest spiritual tradition in Tibet preceding Buddhism.


Harmandir Sahib - Golden Temple in Amritsar
Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar, India / K.Wieland, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-2.0.
  • Harmandir Sahib - India, Punjab, Amritsar. Most holiest site for Sikhs, originally built in 1574, rebuilt anew in 1588 - 1604. Gold covered temple is surrounded by manmade lake.
  • Akal Takht - India, Punjab, Amritsar. Seat of temporary Sikh religious authority - ornate building with gold-covered cupolas, located next to Harmandir Sahib.
  • Gurdwara Janam Asthan - Pakistan, Punjab, Nankana Sahib. One of most sacred sites for Sikhs, place where was born Sikh founder Guru Nanak.

Bahá'í Faith

  • Shrine of the Báb - Israel, Haifa. Sacred site of Bahá'í Faith - here remains of Báb have been laid to rest in 1921. Enormous shrine built in 1953, beautiful garden set.
  • Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh - Israel, North. Most holy site of Bahá'í Faith, here are remains of Bahá'u'lláh. Consists of shrine and beautiful gardens around it.
  • Lotus Temple - India, Delhi. Flowerlike Bahá'í temple building, built in 1986.

Cao Đài

  • Tay Ninh Holy See - Vietnam, Southeast, Tây Ninh province. Centre of Cao Đài religion, ornate building built in 1933 - 1955.

List of described other contemporary shrines

Here are listed shrines of other contemporary religions described by Wondermondo.

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Map of described other contemporary shrines

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