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___ Most Famous Landmarks and Cultural Monuments in the World - Sacred Mountains

Mountains have been in almost any culture and since long times places of adoration, admiration, and beliefs. They where said to be the seat of gods, goddesses, deities and other spiritual beings. Their sheer beauty or their vast proportions, or just their natural existence led people sense divinity.

"The tourist comes here with the camera taking pictures all over. What has he got? Another photo to take home, keep part of the place. He should get another lens – see straight inside. Wouldn't see big rock then. He would see that Kuniya living right inside there as from the beginning…"
Kunmanara, Traditional Owner

Click on the image to see the mountain's description and a satellite view of the location.
 
 
Mountain   Continent  
Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji represents for the Japanese beauty and harmony and is also a distinct symbol of Japan.
Shizuoka Prefecture,  Japan
 
Asia  
 
   
Mount Everest
 

Mount Everest 
since mid 19th century known as the highest mountain on Earth situated in the Sagarmatha zone of  Tibet,  China
 
Asia  
 
   
Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro
Africa's highest Mountain rising 4,000 m from its surrounding Savanna.
 Tanzania
 
Africa  
 
   
St Peter Basilica
 
Mount Vesuvius,
the volcano which destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum near Naples,  Italy
  
Europe  
   
   
Mount Olympus
 
Mount Olympus
the highest mountain range in Greece and the mythical seat of the ancient Greek pantheon.
 Greece
 
Europe  
 
       
Uluru
 
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
the famous sandstone rock formation in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is sacred to the Anangu of the area.
Around the base of Uluru are important areas of cultural significance.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park  Australia
 
Australia/Oceania  
 
       
Mount Ararat
 
Mount Ararat
According to the book of Genesis Noah's Ark came to rest at the mountains of Ararat.  Turkey
 
Asia  
   
       
Mount Kailash
 

Mount Kailash (Gang Rinpoche) the holy peak in the Gangdisê Range, a part of the Himalayas in
 Tibet,  China. In Hindu belief it is the abode of Shiva and Pārvatī, they reside at the summit of mount Kailāśā in a state of perpetual meditation.
 
Asia  
 
 

Famous Landmarks I: Most Famous Monuments
Famous Landmarks II: City Icons
Famous Landmarks III: Places of Power and Worship
Famous Landmarks IV: Sacred Mountains


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Mount Fuji
Description: A nice clear early morning shot of Mount Fuji, seen from The Palace Hotel, Hakone.
Author: Steve Thoroughgood
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Mount Everest
Description: Everest on the left and Lhotse on the right.
Everest brings tears to your eyes, and then freezes them on your face..
Author: ilkerender
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Kilimanjaro
Description: The top of Kilimanjaro as seen from the roof of our hotel in the late afternoon while a flock of white birds passed by... .
Author: Stig Nygaard
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Mount Vesuvius
Description: The forum of Pompeii with volcano Mount Vesuvius as background.
Some extra information. Pompeii can easily be reached by public transport. Catch the train from Naples to Sorrento and exit at Pompeii station cross the street and voila there is the main gate.
Author: Albert Offermans
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Mount Olympus
Description: The mythical Mount Olympus in northern Greece. View from the town of Litochoro, in the roots of Olympus.
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Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Description: According to Aboriginal lore, the sacred monolith of Uluru was created by two boys playing in the mud during the Dreamtime. It is of immense spiritual significance to Aborigines, with numerous Dreamtime stories centering around it.
Author: digitalreflections
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Mount Ararat
Description: Mt. Ararat seen from west.
Author: Henri Nissen
Source: Noah's Ark Uncovered
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Mount Kailash (Gang Rinpoche)
Description: Mount Kailash 6638m (Tibetan: གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ, Gang Rinpoche; Kailāśā Parvata) is a peak in the Gangdisê Mountains, which are part of the Himalayas in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges River). It is considered as a sacred place in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and the Bön faith. In Hinduism, it is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarowar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. There have been no recorded attempts to climb Mount Kailash; it is considered off limits to climbers in deference to Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. It is the most significant peak in the world that has not seen any known climbing attempts.
Author: reurinkjan
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