The Cultural Routes: Sacred Places and Popular Practice in the Mediterranean
There is a general lack of understanding and appreciation of the importance of other kinds of sacred sites to different peoples and the aim is to broaden perspectives to include a better understanding of what kinds of places are important to people of different cultures and religions, and why.
The research will focus on sites and routes that are sacred to the many religions, past and present, and aim at disseminating the knowledge that will in turn make people aware of the different cultures, religions and practices evident within the Mediterranean. The project hopes to highlight the numerous sacred sites that are relatively unknown or hidden but played a significant role in ancient society and continue to do so until today.
Each partner presented a research including the identification of sites, background information on sites, myths and roles as well as photographs.
The wealth of history within the Mediterranean Basin gives the potential for a truly engaging project that includes Pagan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred sites and an insight to their individual value and role. The project also highlights the truly diverse nature of the region and how different traditions, rituals and worship were, and still are practiced.