Sacred Places in Greece and Turkey

This course was last offered in January 2014.  Likely it will be offered again in January 2018.  At that time students will have access to a closed Moodle page with additional information about travel, readings, assignments, etc.

Athens acropolis
Where we go


Map that shows our route in 2014.

Itinerary: TBA

What we do

. . . as we visit archaeological sites, museums, religious buildings, and contemporary cities:

  • We will be exploring the notion of sacred place, the idea that not all places are the same, learning from scholars of religion as well as from the wisdom of particular traditions.
  • We will consider what specific traditions and their adherents think about sacred places, including the ones we visit.
  • We will ask about what happens when places pass from one group to another.
  • We will pay attention to how photography influences what we see and experience.
  • We will notice the role of our senses as well as exercising our intellectual skills.
Getting in touch
  • International Studies Office: 507 786 3069
  • Educational Tours and Cruises (our agent in Greece) office: 210 89 51 725  or 210 96 57 441
  • Professor’s cell:  612 226 6790
  • Students have received a hotel list that includes phone numbers.
  • Students are encouraged to be frugal about contacts in order that they may give maximum attention to where we are and to our common study.
Links to useful site information