Paestum—originally Poseidonia—was one of the major early Greek colonies in southern Italy (some sixty miles southeast of Naples), founded around 600 BC by colonists from Sybaris. Even today the site offers a taste of Greece thanks to its astonishingly well-preserved temples. The oldest one, the Temple of Hera, is said to be the most beautiful […]

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The Oracle of Cumaean Sybil

After a year of inactivity, my Photolog of Sacred Sites is back! I’m resuming the presentation of mysterious, intriguing, or famous places of power that have affected people since remote times. In this post I will give an example of a sacred place that has “shut down” due to either desecration of the physical site, […]

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Grand Menhir

This broken menhir, located in Brittany, France, is the largest single megalith known in the world (well, at least in Europe). It weighs 350 tons and, when it was standing upright, it was 64ft tall. The south of Brittany is studded with Neolithic remains: dolmens, alignments, menhirs, cairns—the legacy of a civilization that thrived over […]

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Old Lyon

In esoteric circles, Old Lyon is known as the “hotbed of alchemy.” “Lyon has a past—an alternative spiritual background,” our French friend who was born there said significantly, as we were preparing for the visit to this second-major city in France. Lyon certainly does have a past. To begin with, it was the capital of […]

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Notre Dame de Livron

When I stepped out of the car and saw this light-dappled forecourt flanked by old plane trees, the white, sun-drenched altar and the statue of Notre Dame de Delivrance in the background, I felt as if I’d stepped into a dream. The sight in front of me looked just like a place from a dream […]

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Inside the King’s Chamber

I consider it a great gift of life that Dwight and I have been awarded two hours of solitude inside the Great Pyramid. And not only solitude but complete darkness also, because of an unexpected power outage. We were practically locked alone inside the pitch-black pyramid! That experience has changed me profoundly, just as it […]

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The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza—perhaps the best-known image in the world, the signature of Planet Earth. To us, this is the sight of antiquity par excellence; to the ancients it was a futuristic sight, a creation of some inconceivably developed technology. To fully grasp their effect, we have to imagine the pyramids as they were in […]

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The Bent Pyramid

Approaching the Bent pyramid at Dahshur from the silent immensity of the Saqqara desert, one gets an impression distinctly different from impressions of other pyramids. Its rhomboidal shape conveys a grounding feeling, the feeling of safe power. Orthodox archaeologists consider the Bent pyramid built by Snefru, the first ruler of the Old Kingdom IV Dynasty—a […]

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The Step Pyramid of Zoser

To appreciate fully the achievement and importance of this pyramid, the first to be built in Egypt, you have to use your imagination. So imagine, if you will, the stepped surface completely clad with blocks of white limestone, shimmering with light in the vast, yellow sea of the Saqqara desert. And imagine a surrounding wall, […]

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Chalice Well

Two streams flow out of Glastonbury Tor (the sacred hill I wrote about in my previous post)—the Red and White Spring. They rise closely together and share the same source under the Tor Hill, yet their mineral content is entirely different. The White Spring contains calcium, while the Red or Blood Spring is rich in […]

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