Passion plays depicting the suffering and triumphs of Jesus Christ draw the faithful from miles around. They come to these spectacles to be awed and inspired. Here is a look at some time-honored productions:
The Great Passion Play
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Since 1969, over 7.6 million people have seen The Great Passion Play. Located in the Ozark Mountains, the amphitheater presents the story of Jesus Christ’s life, betrayal, death, resurrection and ascension with a cast of over 250 actors and...
Several museums in Europe chronicle the people and dramatic events associated with the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s. The following will enhance any religious tour itinerary:
International Museum of the Reformation
Located next to St. Peter’s Cathedral, this state-of-the-art museum, which opened in 2005, traces the Protestant Reformation that was started by Martin Luther in 1517 and heavily influenced by John Calvin in Geneva. Set in an 18th century mansion in...
Catholic shrines in the New England states serve different purposes for everyone, whether a religious pilgrimage, gift shop visit, or a tour of Christmas lights. Each shrine has its own unique, historical beauty to share.
Listed below are some of the top Catholic shrines in New England:
National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro
Opened to the public on Dec. 8, 1953 in honor of Mary’s apparition in La Salette, France on Sept. 19, 1846, this holy shrine attracts visitors...
Standing 260 feet high atop a 436 feet high hilltop, the Cristo-Rei statue, or Christ the King, proudly looms over the city of Lisbon. If it seems like the statue is rather familiar, that’s because it probably is. The monument was created as a smaller scale replica of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue, or Cristo Redentor, in Rio de Janeiro. Aside from Rome and the Vatican, the Cristo-Rei is one of the most visited religious sites in Europe, and draws visitors from all across the...
America abounds with museums and synagogues that celebrate and document Jewish life. Some focus on religious heritage, while others deal with Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. From Mississippi to Washington D.C., here are some places worth a visit:
Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
One of the country’s leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture, this museum combines art, rare objects, videos and computer stations, as well as a display dedicated to the Lloyd...
Museums and exhibitions throughout the United States spotlight the religious heritage of both the nation and the world. From New York to Utah, here are eight places that showcase religious art, history and beliefs:
Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, North Carolina
Designed to reflect Billy Graham’s journey from a farm boy to an internationally known evangelist, the barn-shaped building is located on 20 landscaped acres outside of Graham’s hometown of Charlotte. Visitors can retrace Graham’s...