The Importance Of Sacred Space In London

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Sacred spaces can be found everywhere in our world today; they are numerous and can occur wherever one places emotion, awe, or just respect. Sacred spaces change our world today from just a place of living to a place that is important and gives purpose to our lives and humanity. They can come in many different forms and what one considers to be a sacred space another may not; however, this is part of what makes them so sacred, your connection to that spot and what it means to you on a spiritual and emotional level. Throughout history many people have created monuments, palaces, and places of worship that many around the world consider to be sacred; one of these places is Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey is in London, England and is since …show more content…
London, on average, has thirty-one and half million tourists per year with seventeen and a half million of these tourists being from international countries. To put this into perspective, the largest United States international tourist attraction is New York City, and it only has around nine and a half million international visitors a year. London’s economy relies on the large number of tourists and on average earns over nineteen-billion dollars from its tourism industry. Many of these international tourists and some tourists in general have never seen Westminster Abbey, so about six percent of these people make it a priority to visit one of the most sacred places on earth. Westminster Abbey has over two-million tourists a year visit the site. Making this site one of the most profitable in the area, this is noteworthy since so many other top tourists’ attractions are within close-proximity, some such as Big Ben, Westminster Palace, and Buckingham Palace within 1 mile. With over two-million visitors a year, and growing due to a twelve percent increase in tourists to nearby attractions, Westminster Abbey is the tenth most popular tourist site in London and grosses a yearly revenue of over 50 million dollars off its entrance fee alone (London & Partners). The people visiting Westminster Abbey continues to increase as the tourism to London has drastically increased over the …show more content…
When you give up a large portion of money you tend to pay closer attention to what you see and experience when you visit a given place, this gives you a new respect for that place that you are visiting. You respect it more and listen to its history; when you give your full attention and concentration to the history and significance of Westminster Abbey you come to realize that this is not a normal and typical place, but one that is of the upmost importance and has a deep connection spiritually and emotionally. The money is not what makes this place so special; however, the business aspect and having to pay a large sum of money to witness it is. It gives you a new-found respect for it and makes you concentrate and realize what so many others have in the past, that this place is not just a place but it is somewhere that is deeply respected, reverenced, and loved because of what it represents and all the glorious things that have occurred there throughout its history. The tangible place itself is not what is loved and adored but the abstract emotions and feelings it brings to whoever visits it makes this place sacred and important to our

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