Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites

  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons

Smithsonian Channel will offer fascinating new perspectives on some of the world's most remarkable and mysterious religious locations in the new five-episode series "SACRED SITES", premiering on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Based on new scientific breakthroughs and compelling archaeological and historical research, the series includes episodes on: the ancient cities of Petra and Hegra; the secrets of the Knights of the Templar; the oracles of Ancient Greece; the magnificent tombs and temples of ancient Egypt; and the ruined great houses of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Each episode explores fundamental questions about these sites and the people who constructed them. Was the fabulous rock-cut city of Petra once ruled by a lost matriarchy? Were prophecies at ancient Greek oracles triggered by tectonic turmoil and electromagnetic fields? Did the Knights Templar secretly belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? SACRED SITES will provide extraordinary insight into the people of these ancient cities, their practices and struggles, and how this is all reflected in their shrines and temples.

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Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 15, 2021
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Apocalypse
8. Apocalypse
March 8, 2021
Discover how studying sites wrecked by floods, pandemics, and more is helping us understand crises we're facing today.
Temples of Priestesses
7. Temples of Priestesses
March 1, 2021
Follow archaeologists to Ireland, Greece, and Egypt as they examine sacred rituals held by wise women and priestesses.
Nazi Myths
6. Nazi Myths
September 17, 2018
A series of massive standing stones in Germany's Teutoburg Forest formed the center of an ancient Germanic religion
Egyptian Priestesses
5. Egyptian Priestesses
September 10, 2018
New discoveries reveal a hidden power structure in Egypt
Malta
4. Malta
September 3, 2018
In between the years 3600 and 2300 BC, an extraordinary civilization developed on the small Mediterranean islands of Malta. For almost 1,500 years, the sacred sites built by the temple people of ancient Malta were the pinnacle of Western Civilization. Around 2300 BC, their civilization collapsed and the islands were abandoned
The Camino
3. The Camino
August 27, 2018
Every year, thousands of pilgrims travel the ancient pilgrimage route to Spain's Santiago de Compostela. The sacred journey ends with a visit to the shrine that is believed to hold the bones of Saint James the Great
Maya
2. Maya
August 20, 2018
In the tropical forests of Guatemala and Mexico stand some of the most captivating sacred sites of ancient Mayan civilization. Scientists long believed these magnificent temples and pyramids were built to watch the sky, but new discoveries in the last decade reveal sacred caves and tunnels hidden beneath the pyramids. Using cutting-edge science, archaeologists identify the location the Maya revered as the most sacred temple of all
King Arthur
1. King Arthur
August 13, 2018
Most experts believe King Arthur was simply a mythical figure. But exciting new evidence from Britain's ancient sacred sites suggests that the myths are founded in fact.
Description

Smithsonian Channel will offer fascinating new perspectives on some of the world's most remarkable and mysterious religious locations in the new five-episode series "SACRED SITES", premiering on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Based on new scientific breakthroughs and compelling archaeological and historical research, the series includes episodes on: the ancient cities of Petra and Hegra; the secrets of the Knights of the Templar; the oracles of Ancient Greece; the magnificent tombs and temples of ancient Egypt; and the ruined great houses of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Each episode explores fundamental questions about these sites and the people who constructed them. Was the fabulous rock-cut city of Petra once ruled by a lost matriarchy? Were prophecies at ancient Greek oracles triggered by tectonic turmoil and electromagnetic fields? Did the Knights Templar secretly belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? SACRED SITES will provide extraordinary insight into the people of these ancient cities, their practices and struggles, and how this is all reflected in their shrines and temples.Sacred Sites is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on September 12, 2016.

Sacred Sites is available for streaming on the Smithsonian CHANNEL website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sacred Sites on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 12, 2016