Sacred Sites

Stone Circle with SunIn this section we explore sacred sites from ancient cultures around the world that align to the sun, and the cosmic knowledge they symbolize.

Ancient spiritual sites are discovered all around the globe – in jungles, deserts, mountains, farmers’ fields, and even underwater. Stone Age wonders and megalithic ruins draw attention towards an ancient culture that existed throughout the world, leaving behind stellar markers of an ancient spirituality that carefully observed, revered and purposefully sought out the movements of the sun.

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

The spirituality of the sun is profoundly interwoven into the culture, religion, sciences and structures of ancient civilizations. The sun’s passage at the four seasonal quarters of the year marks the process of spiritual awakening.  To the ancient mystics, the solar events of the solstices and equinoxes revealed a cosmic spirituality of inner purification, initiation, and liberation, as echoed by many religious figures and deities whose lives closely mirrored the solar events. It is therefore no wonder why thousands of ancient structures are aligned to the sun at its major seasonal stages, uniting heaven and earth with architectural precision.

Types of Ancient Sites

Ancient sites come in different shapes and sizes, from stone sphere formations, dolmens, cairns, standing stones and circles, all the way to the advanced and articulate stone work of the famed megalithic sites, statues, temples and pyramids we find today.

Many of them are considered sacred grounds and places of worship, where ancient cultures once gathered to celebrate or honor the solar events that these sites are aligned to.

Advanced Civilizations

Ancient sites provide clues of highly advanced civilizations who profoundly understood the principles that govern all aspects of existence. Today we find many ancient sites that carry within their construction and design a knowledge of distant celestial bodies, our planet’s orbit, sacred geometry, and many other remarkable elements that demonstrate a deeply advanced knowledge of science, religion, mathematics, and astronomy that dispels the myth of primitive builders.

The Golden Ratio is incorporated in many ancient sites. It is commonly found within the mathematical harmony and balance of the cosmos, nature, art and architecture.

Great Pyramid, Giza, Sacred Geometry

The Great Pyramid of Giza incorporates the Golden Ratio throughout its construction.

Parthenon At Acropolis, Athens, Sacred Geometry

The Parthenon in Greece was built using the Fibonacci Sequence.

The Solar Alignment of Ancient Spiritual Sites

Within countless sacred sites spread across vast distances, a cosmic spirituality holds onto the last remains of an ancient religion of the sun.

Structures withstanding the test of time align to four key phases in the wheel of the year, the solstices and equinoxes, marking great celestial events that bring to light the ancient symbolic principles of spiritual enlightenment encoded in the cosmos and the journey of the sun from our perspective on Earth.

These ancient observatories have been found in almost every corner of the world, where largely, anyone can visit and observe the alignments just as the ancients once did.


A solar alignment may be that of the rising or setting sun, but may also incorporate other key positions of the sun, such as at zenith when it is brightest and strongest. The role the sun had in ancient cultures was immense – they symbolized the sun as a spiritual force that mirrored the spiritual and initiatory journey of the human being, rather than only a physical source of life-giving energy.

One can observe these alignments on location, when the light of the sun fuses with the architecture of the site, in sometimes subtle or remarkable ways, perhaps passing through a corridor, into a cave, positioning itself at the peak of a temple, or playing with shadows. Sometimes alignments incorporate other stellar activity with constellations and planetary movement, which may be harder to see with the naked eye, yet again draw our attention to the intimate and enigmatic universal presence the ancients embraced within the construction of their sacred sites.

Below are just a few examples of some of the worlds lesser known solar alignments

The Great Wall of China

Research shows that the Great Wall of China may have initially been built to mark the Milky Way and that it was later modified to serve military purposes. Recent findings suggest that the Great Wall also contains alignments to the Solstices and various celestial bodies as well as to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
The Great Wall of China alignments

The Great Wall of China

Adam’s Calendar, Africa

The stone monuments of Adam’s Calendar (aka Enki’s Calendar) in Mpumalanga, South Africa are said to be one of the oldest structures found to date, being at least 285,000 years old. This solar calendar contains several alignments of the rising and setting sun of the solstices and equinoxes. The Golden Ratio can also be found within the design of the structure.
Adam's Calendar alignment

Adam’s Calendar in South Africa
Source: Modern Explorers/Michael Tellinger

The Bosnian Pyramids

Ongoing research on the pyramidic formations of Visoko Valley in Bosnia indicates that the Pyramid of the Sun, as it has recently been named, is aligned cardinally to True North, as well as to the Summer Solstice sunrise. It also forms an equilateral triangle with two other pyramidic formations in the complex.
Bosnian Pyramids alignment

Pyramid of the Sun
Source: Dr. Sam Osmanagich, Ph.D.

Nazca Lines

In South America, some of the Nazca lines (or Geoglyphs) in Nazca, Peru are aligned to the winter solstice sunrise, where ancient solstice participants could follow the carved lines to find their way to the temple celebrations for the morning of the winter solstice.
Nazca lines alignment

Nazca Lines

Research Into Ancient Spiritual Sites

We are continuously exploring evidence of sacred sites and their role in sustaining the spirituality of the sun since ancient times. The information gathered on this site can hopefully help raise awareness and bring together a network of research that will ultimately expand our understanding of our ancient past and the deeper history of sacred sites aligned to the sun.

You can find the latest research into ancient sites from our contributors and guest writers in the posts below.

Read the Latest Research on Ancient Sites

Experience the Alignments of Ancient Sites during a Solar Event

You too can experience the remarkable solar alignments at ancient sites. Below are some upcoming events where solar alignments will be taking place precisely on the solstices or equinoxes at ancient sites around the world.

Select your preferred location and plan your next solar event at one of these incredible ancient sites.

View More Solar Events at Ancient Sites Around the World

A Resource on the History and Research of Ancient Sites

Explore our resource page for a collection of recommended books, articles and websites from leading experts and ground-breaking research on the immense world of ancient sites and past civilizations.

Nazca lines alignment

LUXOR EGYPT – NOVEMBER 26 2011: Archaeologists working near the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut located on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
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  • It was nice to read this fresh overview on sacred sites. I especially like that categorising of the ancient sites into types as seen in the image-slide. Sometimes putting an order or structure to it like that can help when looking into these things in the past.

    The website that is linked to ‘’ is pretty cool as well with those guys going around the world checking out many of these sites themselves (as well as the amount of intriguing sites they’ve got listed on their website.) I think, when possible, there’s a big advantage in going to a site in person rather just reading about it, because you can get a feel for the place, get insights and see it in different ways, and often there are local people with insider stories or you can come across people there who share the same interest etc. There’s so many places I would love to visit.

    There’s a lot more sacred sites out there and in a lot more places than I ever knew! So many with alignments to celestial events. My view of it has definitely changed quite a bit.
    Perhaps some sites aren’t as well known because from a strictly archaeological viewpoint they may not be considered so noteworthy? Yet looking at the same site with a different perspective, placing it into the bigger context of spirituality and the story of the Sun, a site might become very special.

    I’ve also heard of the Bosnian Pyramids and looked into it a tiny bit. One Egyptian researcher who investigated on site said it seems to him to be a natural formation that was intentionally modified to be used as a site. That seems about right to me. But others have different views, some geologists might disagree (which is also in question in this terrific documentary by Graham Hancock about underwater structures.) But it seems deciphering an ancient site is often not so easy, and one needs an understanding of the bigger picture amongst other things, but it’s very interesting and worthwhile nonetheless 🙂

    “The information gathered on this site can hopefully help raise awareness and bring together a network of research that will ultimately expand our understanding of our ancient past and the deeper history of sacred sites aligned to the sun.” Sounds fantastic!

    • Thanks for your comment Karim. Yes the amount of ancient sites with solar alignments is quite extensive. It really puts into perspective the magnitude of the religion of the sun once upon a time.

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