Sacred Wonders: Series 1
Find out what people do for faith in the most spectacular sacred places on the planet.
Part 1: Angkor Cambodia
At Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a man who believes the temples are home to his ancestral spirits risks his life to save them from the jungle. At al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, a young Muslim paramedic battles his own hunger and exhaustion to help other fasting worshippers during Ramadan. And at the Shaolin Temple in China, a Buddhist warrior monk faces a test that will change the course of his life forever.
Part 2: Djennes Great Mosque in Mali
In Mali, a young Muslim helps to renovate Djenne,s Great Mosque, in the hope of earning a place in paradise. At the sacred Nachi waterfalls in Japan, a Shinto devotee undertakes a gruelling challenge to ensure the wellbeing of his country for another year. And at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York, an Anglican priest performs an astonishing ceremony to bring people, and their animals, closer to God.
Part 3: Holy Sepulchre Church Jerusalem
When a miracle happens at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, an orthodox Christian must deliver the holy flame into the hands of his bishop. In Nepal, at the Buddanath, a Buddhist painter battles the elements in honour of Buddhas birthday. And in Lalish in Iraq a young Yazedi woman goes in search of salvation after being traumatised in the recent conflict. Discover what people do for faith in some of the most sacred places on the planet.