If you followed along with Morgan Freeman as he traveled the globe for his National Geographic series The Story of God, you might have had some of your biggest questions answered. Of course, the series probably raised a few as well. Either way, watching the actor journey from one incredible place to the next surely gave you inspiration for your own travel bucket list. Whether he was studying ancient history in the Middle East or meeting with Catholic bishops in Rome, Freeman visited a few places that we want to book a ticket to see. Check out our favorite moments.
The actor traveled deep into the Guatemalan jungle to explore the ancient Mayan city of Takal and to learn how the people there viewed food and faith. Some archeologists believe that the stone structures in the abandoned city have been arranged to mirror the stars in Orion’s belt. We think, instead of visiting Machu Picchu, you should give Takal a try.
For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre holds invaluable meaning. It is believed to be where Jesus was crucified. The Church also houses the Chapel of Adam, the first man. Freeman explored the religious site and his tour made us want to take a trip to Jerusalem too.
To better understand how ancient people viewed the afterlife, Freeman traveled to Egypt to inspect the tomb of the Pharaoh Unas. Though climbing beneath all of that sand and rock wasn’t easy, the chance to see thousand-year old hieroglyphics up close seems worth it.
Even Morgan Freeman couldn't get a meeting with the Pope, but he was able to sit down with some of the brightest minds in the world. The actor visited members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (it’s like the Vatican’s own science department) to talk about some big topics. Guideposts.org couldn’t help marveling at how beautiful sites like the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are when we recently visited the Holy City.
In the show’s premiere episode, Freeman takes on a subject we’re all curious about: What happens when we die? His journey leads him to Varanasi, India and the banks of the Ganges River, one of the holiest bodies of water on earth. The city is flooded with color and life. People travel here to pay their respects to those who have moved on from this life and to strengthen their own faith.
There are plenty of ancient, religious sites to be found in Turkey but Catalhoyuk may be the most interesting among them. Once a settlement supporting thousands of people nearly 9,000 years ago, the city’s nearby temple, Gobekli Tepe, is believed to be the world’s first temple.
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