America is home to so many sacred sites, if you are looking to visit some of the most sacred sites in the country you have to come to the Land of Lincoln because Illinois is home to 2 of the 10 sacred sites worth seeing according to one travel website.

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Travel website thediscover.com has a list of the 10 Sacred Sites in America Worth Seeing, and 2 of the 10 sites worth checking out in person are here in Illinois. The sites from Illinois that make the list are the BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir located in Bartlett, and the Unity Temple located in Oak Park. These places are on this list with sites like the Chaple in the Hills in South Dakota, The Salt Lake Temple in Utah, and The Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C., what makes the two in Illinois special? On the site, they say this about the BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir...

"...the largest traditional Hindu temple in America. It was constructed according to Shilpa-Shastras, ancient Hindu architectural design texts that have been an essential part of Indian architecture and engineering for thousands of years. The finished pieces were brought to northern Illinois from India after they were carved from Turkish limestone and Italian marble."

As for the other Illinois site on the list The Unity Temple in Oak Park, well that makes this list because of the man who designed it, Frank Lloyd Wright. On the site they say...

"Designed in geometric shapes with towering domes and gold-leafed chapels, it reflects the ideals of the works of the famed architect. It’s modern and unconventional but still evokes a spiritual feeling. This National Historic Landmark attracts people from all over the world who come to witness the unique spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright."

Two verrrrryyyyy different buildings are only located about a 45-minute drive from each other (according to Google Maps) both located in the suburbs of Chicago.

If you want to learn more about the BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir click here!

If you want to learn more about the Unity Temple click here! 

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