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Public Religious & Spiritual Sites

 

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Most institutional religious sites are “public” in the sense that they are generally located and built to be accessible to members and to people in the wider community. 

Beyond these sites, however, there are often sites in public spaces—parks, gardens, commercial areas, hospitals, school campuses, cemeteries, etc.—that are not religious worship sites per se, but which nonetheless have religious or spiritual renonances. These may include statues of religious figures, memorials of events of religious or spiritual significance, plaques recognizing religious figures or communities, murals or other artworks in public buildings (often including government buildings) with religious content, or spaces set aside for practices of reflection or contemplation that locals think of as religious or spiritual.