Holy city

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For the small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains, see Holy City, California. For the song, see The Holy City (song). For the BBC TV series, see Holby City.
Holy city
Holy city of Mecca
The holy city of Mecca is the place of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The holy city of Mecca is the place of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Holy city is a term applied to many cities, all of them central to the history or faith of specific religions. Such cities may also contain at least one headquarters complex (often containing a religious edifice, seminary, shrine, residence of the leading cleric of the religion and/or chambers of the religious leadership's offices) which constitutes a major destination of human traffic, or pilgrimage to the city, especially for major ceremonies and observances. A holy city is a symbolic city, representing attributes beyond its natural characteristics. Marketing experts have suggested that holy cities may be the oldest brands, and more specifically, place brands because they have value added via the perception of religious adherents.[1]


These cities include[citation needed]:




West Asia

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a holy city in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

South Asia

Central and East Asia

Southeast Asia


  1. Metti, Michael Sebastian (2011-06-01). "Jerusalem - the most powerful brand in history". Stockholm University School of Business. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. "Historical city Mtskheta becomes “Holy City”". Agenda.ge. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.  line feed character in |accessdate= at position 11 (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. Holy City of Nippur