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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...
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Can we access prayer room during transfer in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)?

I checked there is a prayer room in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Is it accessible during transfer? Thank you.
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Prayer room in Doha International Airport within boarding area

Can we access prayer room in Doha International Airport within the boarding area? Thank you.
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Is It OK to enter ancient and deserted chapels in the Russian countryside

I love the Russian countryside, it's full of dramatic vistas and unexpected surprises. Sometimes travelling about the Russian countryside you might come across ancient Russian Orthodox chapels that ...
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What Catholic churches are these?

I am trying to identify the buildings in this picture. The one on the top left is in Vatican City, and the rest are also Catholic related but I'm not sure where they are. All the pictures are from a ...
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Traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan

I am contemplating traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan. Turkey seems more liberal than other Muslim majority countries, so I wonder the effect of Ramadan are during that time. Will ...
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Where can I see this Darth Vader church?

Recently, I saw a picture that shows a Darth Vader bust: It seems to be a church or something similar. For me it looks like a big fake, but my friend swears that this is not photoshopped. Therefore,...
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What are these trailside monuments near Visegrád, Hungary?

There were around ten of these monuments by the side of the trail from Visegrád, Hungary, to the town's castle. I didn't see any dates or description, but the stone looked quite worn, so they're not ...
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Is it possible to avoid being sniffed by dogs at Heathrow airport and possibly other airports?

I am Muslim, getting sniffed by a dog is sort of prohibited in my religion. My family are coming to Europe next month and we are discussing all the tiny details as they haven't traveled outside their ...
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Where can I find Taizé groups in Prague?

I'm going to Prague for 5 days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in my Parrish. I know the prayer is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same ...
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Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?

In this Economist blog it is stated: In the most religious parts of America, it is tough being a secular teenager. Many of the kids at Camp Quest say that, at school, they either keep quiet about ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

Same question for other Muslim places in the world that are worth visiting. Of course, this doesn't imply the intention of spreading atheistic and anti-theistic views in that country. Nothing like ...
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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religious problem [duplicate]

I m going to Australia for my studies after few months. I belongs to a Sikh religion. I am deeply religious and I carry a kirpan with me everytime and everywhere. And the airport security do not allow ...
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Where exactly is this cross in Hong Kong?

I was digging around for something and stumbled upon a video about Hong Kong that had footage presumably from the area. In it, there was a still with a cross with the characters 成了 (probably in ...
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Can I eat a beef burger in India?

I always heard that cows are holy in India. So I assumed that you can't eat any meat made of cows in India. But recently a friend told me, that it depends on the region. Not everywhere in India cows ...
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia? I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I sometimes see Buddhist temples when travelling. Wikipedia mentions that there's approximately 400,000 Buddhists ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

I'm not a Muslim (I consider myself as Jain/Hindu, etc) but I wish to travel around Mecca. There is a common belief around the world that only Muslims are allowed inside Mecca. Is that true? Can I ...
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Taizé prayer in Lisbon: where?

I'm going to Lisbon for 5 days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in some Parrish. I know this is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same way ...
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Taizé prayer in Bucharest: where?

Where I live, use to go to the Taizé prayer in the nearby parish. I know this is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same way in small groups within the ...
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Is it possible to visit the Vatican while wearing a Hijab?

I have read the question "Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?" carefully and I thought "the better covered the more welcomed" just like the photo suggested. However the ...
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Finding convents and monasteries to stay in while travelling?

I'm listening to a Rick Steves podcast where they're talking about staying in convents and monasteries, especially in Europe, but what I'm wondering is - is there a website / search tool for finding ...
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How to calculate when Ramadan finishes?

I'm likely to be in Bahrain close to the the end of Ramadan this year. The problem is people are telling us different dates for when Ramadan finishes. Indeed, the most recent email I've had: ...
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Can aircrew order me not to stand in the aisle?

It's Ramadan and I am planning to travel on British Airways, I will have to stand in the aisle for praying, is it the aircrews' right to ask/order me to go back to my seat?
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Are there countries where people of a particular religion are refused entry?

Refusing entry based on nationality or stamps is usual, but is there any state that refuses people based on their religion? As a counterexample, the official position of the Saudi government is now ...
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Taizé prayer in Vienna: where?

I'm going to Vienna for 5 days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in some Parrish. I know this is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same way ...
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Is Pentecost observed in Lisbon?

Is there anything special going on in Lisbon on the day of Pentecost? My tourist guide for Portugal mentions that this day is widely celebrated in the Azores, and that in Braga penitents can be seen ...
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Is Morocco dangerous, in particular for a Jewish American?

I may be travelling to Morocco later this year. I am an American student (not Moroccan by birth, only by inherited citizenship) and my last name is Jewish. With Morocco: predicting a "serious ...
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Finding Gilgit's Kargah Buddha

Wikivoyage says the Kargah Buddha carving is near Gilgit: Located on a rock near Kargah Nullah (ravine), 10 km. from Gilgit town is a beautiful rock engraving of Buddha from 7th century A.D. ...
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Are there any standard clothing restrictions when visiting mosques?

I know from visiting many catholic churches that many require knees and shoulders to be covered, so dressing appropriately is essential for hassle-free travel. Are there similar rules that might apply ...
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Offensive Tattoo (Thai)?

I grew up in SE Asia (Singapore) and am planning to go back for a few weeks this year with my husband. While doing some travel research, I found a photo of a quote in Chiang Mai that really resonates ...
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Traveling to Amish country

Am I allowed to bring my rental car into Amish country? Do they allow cameras for pictures? Will they understand what cameras are? I know it's a very agrarian area but that's about it. Is this a ...
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Which countries are “Muslim countries”?

In the question about drinking beer in Dubai it arose that the term "Muslim country" can be seen as one where the laws of the country are affected by the rules of the religion (like Dubai), whereas ...
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Do I have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican City?

Are only Catholics/Christians allowed to visit the Vatican? If not, can the non-Catholics access the same areas as Catholics?
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Where is this sculpture of the ten commandments from?

I saw this picture of a group (which I blurred out) in front of a sculpture of the ten commandments on social media, and am wondering where it might be from. I might expect it either to be in the ...
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Is it inappropriate to record the call to prayer?

I am currently on holiday in Marrakech, Morocco, and have found that the frequent calls to prayer from mosques throughout the day are quite a core part of life here. To record some of my experience ...
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Sufi Dance in Turkey

I'm looking for a Sufi dance show in Istanbul. I'd like to watch for a "real and non-hollywood" show. I don't need dinner nor drinks nor any kind of extras.
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Are there any flights which permits a Sikh to carry a kirpan?

I am a religious Sikh from Jalandhar, India. I have not travelled outside of the country for a single time so far. However my family is pestering me to take them for a jolly holiday trip to a ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

Could I bring books like The God Delusion from Richard Dawkins to Saudi Arabia? What will happen if they saw this book in my hand during the check-in or somewhere else in Saudi Arabia? What about ...
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Can tourists meet mikos (Japanese Shinto shrine priestesses)?

While browsing this article, I saw a photo of mikos, and I would like to see some in real life. From Wikipedia: A miko (巫女) is a Shinto term of Japan, indicating a shrine (jinja) maiden or a ...
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Are there any historical cathedrals near Frankfurt that I can visit?

I am an American organist who may have the opportunity to travel to Frankfurt am Main, Germany soon. I have not seen that Frankfurt is particularly good for tourism but I would be very interested in ...
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Can I visit tourist attractions while on Umrah/Hajj visa in Saudi Arabia?

If I was granted an Umrah/Hajj visa, Can I visit other parts of Saudi Arabia beside Makkah where Umrah/Hajj is performed?
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Gospel church in New York City

It would be fun to visit a gospel church (is this the proper name?) when in New York City. What churches with great music and some atmosphere are there to choose from. I read somewhere that Harlem may ...
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Which city has the greatest religious diversity? [closed]

I really like to learn more about religions, and even though I'm learning some information from the internet, I would like to learn from real experience. So basically I'm searching for a country that ...
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One night in a traditional temple in Japan

I'm planing to go to Japan in April. After some research I decided to sleep just in Tokyo and Kyoto. My wife and I are planning to stay in a hotel similar an IBIS or Formule 1, a simple place only ...
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Laptop/mobile device in countries with Sharia

I'm traveling to Iran and i need to bring my laptop. For western standards I do not have anything illegal on my hard drive but since I'm not familiar with the Sharia I'm a little bit paranoid. Is ...
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Locating a Sunni mosque in Worcestershire

I am hosting a group of Saudi Arabians in Worcestershire, UK. I am trying to locate a suitable mosque (Sunni based) that they can attend but I am struggling to find an appropriate one using the ...
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British Sunni Muslim visiting Iran with family

I'm a British Sunni Muslim considering a visit to Iran with my wife and 2 year old daughter. Some online research suggested, sunni muslims in Iran are persecuted quite badly, do any sunni muslims ...
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Zazen meditation and stay in Tokyo Japan (shukubo)

I have seen similar question here: Zen meditation in Kyoto, Japan so I decided to ask for almost the same, but in Tokyo. What temples can be recommended for temple lodging (shukubo) perhaps for 2 - ...
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From where can I see the Iglesia De Los Remedios with the volcano Popocatépetl behind it?

Ever since I saw the photo of the Iglesia de los Remedio in Cholula with the volcano Popocatépetl behind it, I wanted to see the view myself. While I will probably visit the church itself too which is ...