Holy sites

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Holy sites are baronies that are considered sacred by a Faith. If a faith controls a holy site, all characters belonging to that faith will gain a permanent bonus. In addition holy sites are the target of Go on a Pilgrimage decisions and they are necessary to create a Head of Faith title. Several tenets also grant additional bonuses from holy sites.

Each Holy Site has a special building slot for a great temple. For some Holy Sites, this is a unique building such as the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. The building slot can also be used for the special building Hall of Heroes, constructable only through the unique decision Defenders of High God (Ukko / Rod / Dievas). It is possible to replace unique buildings and the hall of heroes with a normal great temple, but the transition cannot necessarily be reversed.

Most faiths have 5 holy sites per faith, but a few have 6 or 7. For most religions, all faiths have the same holy sites. When reforming or creating a new faith, the new faith will inherit the holy sites of the old faith.

List of holy sites[edit | edit source]

Name Location De Jure Kingdom De Jure Empire Effects Faiths Notes
Jerusalem Jerusalem (shared with Mount Gerizim) Jerusalem Arabian Empire
  • +20% Monthly Piety
  • +20% County Conversion Speed
  • All Christian faiths:
    •  Catholicism
    •  Orthodoxy
    •  Coptic
    •  Apostolic
    •  Insular Christianity
    •  Krstjani
    •  Conversos
    •  Nestorianism
    •  Bogomilism
    •  Catharism
    •  Iconoclasm
    •  Lollardy
    •  Paulicianism
    •  Waldensianism
    •  Messalianism
    •  Adamitism
    •  Mozarabism
  • All Muslim faiths:
    •  Ash'arism
    •  Muwalladism
    •  Maturidism
    •  Almohadism
    •  Mu'tazilism
    •  Isma'ilism
    •  Zayidism
    •  Nizarism
    •  Imamism
    •  Ibadism
    •  Najdatism
    •  Azraqism
    •  Sufrism
    •  Druze
    •  Alawism
    •  Alevism
    •  Ikhtilafism
    •  Qarmatianism
    •  Quranism
    •  Hafizi
  • All Dualist faiths except  Cainitism and  Manicheanism:
    •  Mandeaism
    •  Priscillianism
    •  Sabianism
    •  Sethianism
    •  Valentinianism
  • All Jewish faiths except  Samaritanism:
    •  Kabarism
    •  Haymanot
    •  Karaism
    •  Rabbinism
    •  Malabarism
The ancient capital of Israel and the site of the First and Second Temples according to Judaism. In Christianity, it is the location of Jesus's crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. In Islam, Muhammad travelled to Jerusalem from Mecca and there ascended to heaven.
Rome Vaticano in Roma Romagna Italia
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +10% Development growth
  • All Christian faiths except  Nestorianism,  Coptic,  Messalianism and  Apostolic:
    •  Catholicism
    •  Orthodoxy
    •  Insular Christianity
    •  Krstjani
    •  Conversos
    •  Bogomilism
    •  Catharism
    •  Iconoclasm
    •  Lollardy
    •  Paulicianism
    •  Waldensianism
    •  Adamitism
    •  Mozarabism
    •  Adoptionism
  •  Valentinianism
  •  Sethianism
  •  Hellenism
Seat of the Holy See and the Pope
Cologne Cologne Lotharingia Germania
  • +5% Cultural Fascination Speed
  • +5% County Control Growth
  •  Catholicism and historical heresies:
    •  Catharism
    •  Waldensianism
    •  Lollardy
Site of the Cologne cathedral which houses many relics including those of the three magi
Santiago Santiago Galicia Hispania
  • +20% Supply Duration
  • −10% Holy order hire cost
 Catholicism

 Waldensianism

 Lollardy

 Mozarabism

 Adoptionism

Location of the shrine, then church and finally cathedral of St. James the Great and final destination of the way of St. James, a pilgrimage route
Canterbury Canterbury in Kent England Britannia
  • +5 Religious Vassal Opinion
  • +10% Sway Scheme Power
  •  Catholicism and historical heresies:
    •  Catharism
    •  Waldensianism
    •  Lollardy
  •  Insular Christianity
Seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Anglican Church
Constantinople Byzantion Thessalonika Byzantine Empire
  • +20% Cultural Fascination Progress
  •  Orthodoxy and historical heresies:
    •  Iconoclasm
    •  Bogomilism
    •  Paulicianism
    •  Messalianism
Seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch and location of the Hagia Sophia cathedral
Alexandria Alexandria Egypt Arabian Empire
  • +2 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Orthodoxy
  •  Iconoclasm
  •  Bogomilism
  •  Paulicianism
  •  Coptic
  •  Conversos
  •  Adamitism
  •  Sethianism
  •  Valentinianism
  •  Haymanot
  •  Karaism
  •  Rabbinism
  •  Samaritanism
  •  Hellenism
  •  Achamanism
Seat of the Patriarch of Alexandria
Antioch Antiocheia Syria Arabian Empire
  • +1 Martial per Level of Devotion
  • +10% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Orthodoxy and historical heresies:
    •  Iconoclasm
    •  Bogomilism
    •  Paulicianism
    •  Messalianism
  •  Coptic
  •  Apostolic
  •  Nestorianism
Seat of the Patriarch of Antioch
Aksum Tigré Abyssinia Abyssinia
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  •  Coptic
Site of the Church of our Lady Mary of Zion, supposedly the former location of the ark of the covenant
Napata Meroë Nubia Abyssinia
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Coptic
Site of a Nubian Coptic Church
Dwin Suenik Armenia Byzantine Empire
  • +5% Monthly Piety
  • +1 Learning
  •  Apostolic
Contains the Cathedral of St. Grigor
Koloneia Colonea Pontus Byzantine Empire
  • +5 Direct Vassal Opinion
  •  Apostolic
Beirut Beirut Syria Arabian Empire
  • +5 Councilor Opinion
  •  Apostolic
  •  Druze
Druze are concentrated in the mountains around this city. It was briefly under Armenian rule during the time of King Tigranes the Great.
Baghdad Baghdad Mesopotamia Persian Empire
  • +10% Development Growth
  • −10% Temple Building Construction Cost
  •  Messalianism
  •  Nestorianism
  •  Mandeaism
  •  Sabianism
  •  Ash'ari
  •  Maturidism
  •  Mu'tazilism
  •  Quranism
  •  Imamism
Patriarchical seat of Nestorianism and seat of the Abbasid Caliph. Home to the Al-Kadhimiya Mosque, which contains the tombs of Imani Imams Musa al-Kadhim and Muhammad al-Jawad.
Farz Shiraz Persia Persian Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  •  Messalianism
  •  Nestorianism
  •  Mandeaism
  •  Sabianism
Kerala Kanara Maharastra Deccan Empire
  • +50% County Conversion Speed
  •  Nestorianism
  •  Malabarism
Location of a Christian community established by St. Thomas the Apostle. Location of Synagogues of Kerala.
Armagh Oriel Ireland Britannia
  • +5% Monthly Piety
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Insular Christianity
Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland
Iona Inner Hebrides Scotland Britannia
  • +20% County Conversion Speed in the British Isles
  •  Insular Christianity
Monastery of Colmcille, who converted the Picts
Visoki Rama Croatia Byzantine Empire
  • +50% County Conversion Resistance
  •  Krstjani
Town and fortress where many documents were written by nobles
Ragusa Ragusa Croatia Byzantine Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy
  •  Krstjani
Seat of the Archbishop of Ragusa and location of an Eastern Roman church
Esztergom Esztergom Hungary Carpathia
  • +10 Popular Opinion
  •  Krstjani
Seat of the primate of the Catholic Church in Hungary
Albi Albi Aquitaine Francia
  • +5% Monthly Piety
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Catharism
Cathers were also referred to as Albigensians, after the city Albi where the movement first took hold.
Toledo Toledo Andalusia Hispania
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Devotion
  • +10% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Mozarabism
  •  Adoptionism
Center of worship for the Mozarabic Church, and the seat of its most important councils
Carthage Tunis Africa Maghreb
  • +10 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Adoptionism
Center for the early Donatists sect
Lyon Lyon Burgundy Francia
  • +2 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Adoptionism
Mecca Mecca Arabia Arabian Empire
  • +2% Monthly piety per knight
  • +10% Knight Effectiveness
  • All Muslim faiths:
    •  Ash'arism
    •  Muwalladism
    •  Maturidism
    •  Almohadism
    •  Mu'tazilism
    •  Isma'ilism
    •  Zayidism
    •  Nizarism
    •  Imamism
    •  Ibadism
    •  Najdatism
    •  Azraqism
    •  Sufrism
    •  Druze
    •  Alawism
    •  Alevism
    •  Ikhtilafism
    •  Qarmatianism
    •  Quranism
    •  Hafizi
Birthplace of Muhammed and destination of the Hajj
Medina Medina Arabia Arabian Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  • All Muslim faiths:
    •  Ash'arism
    •  Muwalladism
    •  Maturidism
    •  Almohadism
    •  Mu'tazilism
    •  Isma'ilism
    •  Zayidism
    •  Nizarism
    •  Imamism
    •  Ibadism
    •  Najdatism
    •  Azraqism
    •  Sufrism
    •  Druze
    •  Alawism
    •  Alevism
    •  Ikhtilafism
    •  Qarmatianism
    •  Quranism
    •  Hafizi
The city that Muhammed and his followers fled to from Mecca
Cordoba Cordoba Andalusia Hispania
  • +20% County Conversion Speed
  •  Conversos
  •  Priscillianism
  •  Muwalladism
  •  Mozarabism
Seat of the Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba
Sinai Sinai Egypt Arabian Empire
  • +5 Advantage in Desert Mountains terrain
  • +1 Learning
  •  Conversos
  •  Valentinianism
  •  Sethianism
  •  Priscillianism
  •  Ash'ari
  •  Mu'tazilism
  •  Quranism
  • All Jewish faiths:
    •  Kabarism
    •  Haymanot
    •  Karaism
    •  Rabbinism
    •  Samaritanism
    •  Malabarism
  •  Paganism
Site where Moses recieved the Ten Commandments
Tinmallal Tinmallal Maghreb Maghreb
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Devotion
  • +4 Maximum Battle Roll
  •  Almohadism
Where the Almohads launch their military campagin against the Almoravids.
Fes Subu in Fes Maghreb Maghreb
  • +10% Cultural Fascination Speed
  •  Adamitism
  •  Muwalladism
  •  Almohadism
Renowned for its religious scholarship.
Nadjaf Kufa (shared with holy site of same name) Mesopotamia Persian Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  • All  Shia Muslim faiths:
    •  Isma'ilism
    •  Zayidism
    •  Nizarism
    •  Imamism
    •  Hafizi
  •  Qarmatianism
  •  Ikhtilafism
  •  Alawism
  •  Alevism
Contains Kufa, where Ali ibn Abu Taleb was assassinated, and Nadjaf, where he is buried
Damascus Damascus Syria Arabian Empire
  • +5% Levy Size
  • +10% County Control Growth
  • All  Shia Muslim faiths except  Imamism:
    •  Isma'ilism
    •  Zayidism
    •  Nizarism
    •  Hafizi
  •  Mandeaism
  •  Sabianism
  •  Qarmatianism
  •  Ikhtilafism
  •  Alawism
  •  Alevism
Where surivors of the Battle Karbala were brought; home to two shrines to Hussein ibn Ali
Siffa Palmyra Syria Arabian Empire
  • +2 Prowess
  • +20% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Azraqism
  •  Sufrism
Site of the Battle of Siffa, where the Muhakkimas began by rejecting Mu'awiya offer to arbitrate his dispute with Ali
Kufa Kufa (shared with Nadjaf) Mesopotamia Persian Empire
  • +1 Intrigue per Level of Devotion
  •  Azraqism
Basra Basra Mesopotamia Persian Empire
  • +2 Learning
  •  Mandeaism
  •  Sabianism
  •  Ibadism
Origin of Ibadi movement
Nizwa Nizwa Arabia Arabian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Ibadism
Birthplace of Jabir ibn Zayd, the founder of Ibadism
Sijilmasa Sijilmasa Maghreb Maghreb
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Valentinianism
  •  Sethianism
  •  Sufrism
Where Sufrite Berbers settled after their revolt against the Umayyads
Bahrein Qatif Arabia Arabian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Najdatism
Yamama Yamama Arabia Arabian Empire
  • +5 Advantage in Desert terrain
  •  Najdatism
Sinjar Sinjar Jazira Persian Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy per level of devotion
  • All Miletê faiths:
    •  Kitêbacilweism
    •  Meshefaresism
    •  Yazidism
Baalbek Baalbek Syria Arabian Empire
  • +10 Clergy opinion
  • +20% Monthly prestige
  • All Miletê faiths:
    •  Kitêbacilweism
    •  Meshefaresism
    •  Yazidism
Birthplace of Sheikh Adi
Lalish Ninive Jazira Persian Empire
  • +1 Learning per level of devotion
  • +20% Monthly prestige
  • All Miletê faiths:
    •  Kitêbacilweism
    •  Meshefaresism
    •  Yazidism
Tomb of Sheikh Adi
Nishapur Nishapur Khorasan Persian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  • All Miletê faiths:
    •  Kitêbacilweism
    •  Meshefaresism
    •  Yazidism
  •  Zunism
Dashtestan Mandestan Persia Persian Empire
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  • All Miletê faiths:
    •  Kitêbacilweism
    •  Meshefaresism
    •  Yazidism
Zozan Bakharz Khorasan Persian Empire
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  • +10% Domain Taxes if same faith
  •  Druze
Birthplace of Hamza ibn-'Ali ibn-Ahmad, founder of Druze
Semien Semien Abyssinia Abyssinia
  • +5 Defender Advantage
  • +1 Diplomacy
  •  Haymanot
  •  Karaism
  •  Rabbinism
  •  Samaritanism
A legendary Jewish Ethiopian kingdom also known as Beta Israel
Sufed Acre Jerusalem Arabian Empire
  • +10 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Haymanot
  •  Karaism
  •  Rabbinism
  •  Samaritanism
Mount Gerizim Nablus in Jerusalem (shared with holy site of same name) Jerusalem Arabian Empire
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  • +20% Monthly Prestige
  •  Samaritanism
Panticapaeum Kerch Zaporizhia Khazaria
  • +25% Development Growth in Steppe Region
  • +15% Development Growth in Steppe Terrain
  •  Kabarism
Major Radhanite settlements in and around Crimea


Itil Itil Caspian Steppe Khazaria
  • +10 Different Culture Opinion
  • +15% Cultural Acceptance Gain
  •  Kabarism
Capital of the Khazars


Kochi Kunjakari inKerala Tamilakam Deccan Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  • +15% Cultural Acceptance Gain
  •  Malabarism
Place from which the Kochin Jews get their name


Manipur Manipur Kamarupa Bengal Empire
  • +5 Advantage in Mountains terrain
  • +20% Development Growth in Mountains terrain
  •  Malabarism
Home of the Bnei Manashae


Ahvaz Ahvaz Persia Persian Empire
  • +5 Clergy Opinion
  • +10% Personal Scheme Power
  •  Manicheanism
Samarkand Samarkand Transoxiana Turan
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Manicheanism
  •  Maturidism
  •  Kabarism
Udabhanda Udabhanda Punjab Rajastan
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Manicheanism
  • All Taoist faiths:
    •  Quanzhen
    •  Shangqing
    •  Zhengyi
Seems to be the place where the famous Taoist Qiu Chuji meet Genghis Khan
Toledo Toledo Andalusia Hispania
  • +1 Learning
  •  Priscillianism
Memphis Hulwan in Cairo Egypt Arabian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Priscillianism
  •  Zunism
Bodh Gaya Gaya Bihar Bengal Empire
  • +20% Stress Loss
  • All Buddhist faiths:
    •  Nangchos
    •  Vajrayana
    •  Theravada
    •  Mahayana
    •  Ari
  • All Taoist faiths:
    •  Quanzhen
    •  Shangqing
    •  Zhengyi
The place where Gautama Buddha reached enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree. Some Taoist stories say that Laozi was the Buddha's teacher or even the Buddha himself.
Lumbini Lumbini Himalaya Rajastan
  • +10% Fertility
  • +15% Monthly Lifestyle Experience
  • All Buddhist faiths:
    •  Nangchos
    •  Vajrayana
    •  Theravada
    •  Mahayana
    •  Ari
Birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, historical Buddha
Sarnath Varanasi (shared with holy site of same name) Bihar Bengal Empire
  • +2 Learning
  • All Buddhist faiths except  Nangchos:
    •  Vajrayana
    •  Theravada
    •  Mahayana
    •  Ari
First place Buddha taught Dharma and subsequently origin of Buddhist Sangha
Sanchi Vidisa Malwa Rajastan
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  •  Mahayana
  •  Vajrayana
An ancient Buddhist complex commissioned by Ashshoka the Great.
Ajanta Vatsagulma (shared with Ellora) Maharastra Deccan Empire
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  • +2 Disease Resistance (Learning)
  •  Vajrayana
Location of the Buddhist Caves in Ajanta
Sa'gya Sa'gya Tsang Tibet
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +1 Learning
  •  Nangchos
Dagon Dagon Pagan Bengal Empire
  • +1 Martial per Level of Devotion
  •  Theravada
  •  Ari
Home to the Shwedago Pagoda, which contains relics from four Buddhas.
Pagan Pagan Pagan Bengal Empire
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +5% Monthly Prestige
  •  Ari
Capital of the Pagan Kingdom; the location was visited by the Buddha prior to the city's founding
Atamasthana Pihiti Lanka Deccan Empire
  • +2% Domain Taxes
  •  Theravada
A series of eight locations visited by the Buddha durings his visits to Sri Lanka.
Amaravati Nallamala Andhra Deccan Empire
  • +10% County Control Growth
  •  Mahayana
Site of a Buddhist monument.
Varanasi Varanasi (shared with Sarnath) Bihar Bengal Empire
  • +2 Learning
  • +5 Clergy Opinion
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
  •  Kiratism
  •  Yumaism
One of the Saptapuri cities, founded by Shiva and where one of Brahma's heads was dropped to the ground where it sank into
Ayodhya Ayodhya Kosala Rajastan
  • +1% Monthly piety per knight
  • +10% Knight Effectiveness
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
One of the Saptapuri cities and the birthplace of Rama, seventh avatar of Vishnu
Mathura Mathura Delhi Rajastan
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +5 Powerful Vassal Opinion
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
One of the Saptapuri cities and birthplace of Krishna
Haridwar Sthanisvara Delhi Rajastan
  • +0.1 Health
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
  •  Paganism
One of the Saptapuri cities and site where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality was spilt
Kanchipuram Kanchipuram Tamilakam Deccan Empire
  • +15% Fertility
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
One of the Saptapuri cities and site of many temples
Ujjayini Ujjayini Malwa Rajastan
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +5 Court and Guest Opinion
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
One of the Saptapuri cities and location of the duodecennial Kumbh Mela festival
Dwarka Dvaraka Gujarat Rajastan
  • +1 Martial
  • −10% Friendly Fatal Casualties
  • All Hindu faiths:
    •  Shaivism
    •  Vaishnavism
    •  Krishnaism
    •  Smartism
    •  Advaita Vedanta
    •  Srikula Shaktism
    •  Kalikula Shaktism
One of the Saptapuri cities and the site of where Krishna settled after defeating Kansa
Palitana Somnath Gujarat Rajastan
  • +10% Monthly Piety
  • All Jain faiths:
    •  Digambara
    •  Svetambara
    •  Yapaniya
Contains nearly 1,000 Jain temples
Shikharj Radha Bengal Bengal Empire
  • +20% Stress Loss
  • +1 Year Life Expectancy
  • All Jain faiths:
    •  Digambara
    •  Svetambara
    •  Yapaniya
Place where 22 out of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras atttained Moksha.
Ranakpur Naddūla Rajputana Rajastan
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +20% Sway Scheme Power
  • All Jain faiths:
    •  Digambara
    •  Svetambara
    •  Yapaniya
One of the largest and most important Jain temples
Ellora Vatsagulma (shared with Ajanta) Maharastra Deccan Empire
  • +5 Popular Opinion
  • +5 Different Culture Opinion
  • All Jain faiths:
    •  Digambara
    •  Svetambara
    •  Yapaniya
Site of the Ellora Caves, five of which are Jain.
Sittannavasal Kongu Tamilakam Deccan Empire
  • +5 Direct Vassal Opinion
  • All Jain faiths:
    •  Digambara
    •  Svetambara
    •  Yapaniya
A Jain cave complex
Itanagar Itanagar Lhomon Tibet
  • +10% Monthly Prestige
  •  Donyi-Poloism
  •  Sedism
Pemako Pemako Lhomon Tibet
  • +1 Learning
  • −20% Tyranny Gain
  •  Donyi-Poloism
  •  Sedism
Rima Rima Lhomon Tibet
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Fame
  •  Donyi-Poloism
  •  Sedism
Tezu Tezu Lhomon Tibet
  • +5 Advantage in Hills terrain
  •  Donyi-Poloism
  •  Sedism
Kathmandu Kathmandu Himalaya Rajastan
  • +5 Popular Opinion
  • +5 Different Faith Opinion
  •  Kiratism
  •  Yumaism
Ilam Ilam Himalaya Rajastan
  • +5 Advantage in Mountains terrain
  •  Donyi-Poloism
  •  Sedism
  •  Kiratism
  •  Yumaism
Garwhal Garwhal Himalaya Rajastan
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  •  Kiratism
  •  Yumaism
Jumla Jumla Himalaya Rajastan
  • +5 House Opinion
  •  Kiratism
  •  Yumaism
Maowün Maowün Gyalrong Tibet
  • +1% Monthly piety per knight
  •  Vvluphixje
Ngawa Ngawa Gyalrong Tibet
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Vvluphixje
  •  Melie
Chakla Chakla Gyalrong Tibet
  • −15% Building Construction Time
  •  Vvluphixje
Gyaitang Gyaitang Kham Tibet
  • +5 Same Culture Opinion
  •  Vvluphixje
Rebgong Rebgong Gyalrong Tibet
  • +2% Monthly piety per powerful vassal on the council
  •  Vvluphixje
  •  Melie
Xingqing Xingqing Xia Tibet
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Melie
Yijinai Yijinai Xia Tibet
  • −5% Building Construction Gold Cost
  •  Manicheanism
  •  Melie
Alxa Alxa Xia Tibet
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Melie
Yazd Yazd Persia Persian Empire
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Cainitism
  • All Zoroastrian faiths:
    •  Mazdayasna
    •  Zurvanism
    •  Gayomarthianism
    •  Khurmazdism
    •  Khurramism
    •  Arewordik
    •  Mazdakism
Home to many Zoroastrian refugees after the Arab conquest of Iran which stayed majority Zoroastrian for many centuries
Nok Kundi Riqan Makran Persian Empire
  • −10% Building Construction Gold Cost
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Cainitism
  • All Zoroastrian faiths:
    •  Mazdayasna
    •  Zurvanism
    •  Gayomarthianism
    •  Khurmazdism
    •  Khurramism
    •  Arewordik
    •  Mazdakism
Formerly Zaranka, capital of the Zarangiana satrapy under the Achaemenids
Takht-i-Sangin Balkh (shared with holy site of same name) Khorasan Persian Empire
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +5 Clergy Opinion
  •  Cainitism
  • All Zoroastrian faiths:
    •  Mazdayasna
    •  Zurvanism
    •  Gayomarthianism
    •  Khurmazdism
    •  Khurramism
    •  Arewordik
    •  Mazdakism
An ancient Greco-Bactrian citadel containing the Oxus Temple, which may have been home to a collection of Zoroastrian relics
Takht-e Soleyman Urmiya Daylam Persian Empire
  • +10% Monthly Piety
  •  Cainitism
  • All Zoroastrian faiths:
    •  Mazdayasna
    •  Zurvanism
    •  Gayomarthianism
    •  Khurmazdism
    •  Khurramism
    •  Arewordik
    •  Mazdakism
Site to the Adur Gushnasp darb-e mehr built by the Sassanids
Ushi-Darena Baduspan Daylam Persian Empire
  • +1 Learning
  • +5 Popular Opinion
  •  Cainitism
  • All Zoroastrian faiths:
    •  Mazdayasna
    •  Zurvanism
    •  Gayomarthianism
    •  Khurmazdism
    •  Khurramism
    •  Arewordik
    •  Mazdakism
The mountain where Zarathustra attained illumination and received the word of Ahura-Mazda
Uppsala Upland Sweden Scandinavia
  • +1% Monthly piety per knight
  • +5% Heavy Infantry Damage
  •  Ásatrú
Site of Scandinavia's pre-eminent temple, both before & after Christianisation
Jorvik East Riding England Britannia
  • +20% Knight Effectiveness
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Devotion
  •  Ásatrú
Site of Ragnarr Loðbrok's death
Paderborn Paderborn Germany Germania
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  • +10% Fertility
  •  Ásatrú
  •  Paganism
Location of Saxon Irminsul destroyed by Charlemagne
Könugarðr Kyiv Ruthenia Russia
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Devotion
  •  Ásatrú
Center of Norse influence in Eastern Europe and capital of the Rus'
Ranaheim Trændheim Norway Scandinavia
  • +20% Naval Speed
  • −5% Men-at-Arms Maintenance
  •  Ásatrú
Ranheim was site to a cultist Norse temple used from the 4th to 10th century
Raivola Kakisalmi Finland Scandinavia
  • +2% Monthly piety per powerful vassal on the council
  •  Ukonusko
Island home to ancient burial sites
Hiiumaa Osel Estonia Baltic Empire
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +5 Close Family Opinion
  •  Ukonusko
  •  Vidilism
  •  Paganism
Akkel Akkel Sapmi Scandinavia
  • +5 Maximum Combat Roll in Taiga Terrain
  • +10% Archer Toughness
  •  Ukonusko
Possibly the site of Ukonkivi (English: 'Ukko's rock') an island holy site to Finnic pagans who believed the island had sacred natural formation
Perm Perm Permia Volga-Ural
  • +25% Supply Duration
  • +1 Prowess
  •  Ukonusko
  •  Turumism
Capital of Permia
Kyiv Kyiv Ruthenia Russia
  • +10% Monthly Piety
  • +20% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Slovianska Pravda
Important city for ancient and medieval East Slavic culture and civilization
Novgorod Novgorod Novgorod Russia
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Slovianska Pravda
Capital of the principality of Novgorod
Barlad Barlad Moldavia Carpathia
  • +1 Prowess
  • +10% Heavy Infantry Toughness
  •  Slovianska Pravda
Plock Plock Poland West-Slavia
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Slovianska Pravda
Pokaini Dobele in Zemigalians Lithuania Baltic Empire
  • +5 Advantage in Controlled Territory
  • +10% Stress Loss
  •  Vidilism
Toruń Chełmno Lithuania Baltic Empire
  • +1 Martial per Level of Devotion
  • +20% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Ukonusko
  •  Vidilism
Braslau Braslau Lithuania Baltic Empire
  • +0.1 Monthly Piety per knight
  • +10% Skirmisher Toughness
  •  Vidilism
Rügen Rügen Pomerania Baltic Empire
  • −25% Embarkation Cost
  • −10% Retreat Losses
  •  Vidilism
  •  Slovianska Pravda
A site of pagan cult all the way until mid-12th century
Pest Visegrad Hungary Carpathia
  • +1 Martial
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Fame
  •  Táltosism
Kerch Kerch Zaporizhia Khazaria
  • −5% Army Maintenance Cost
  • +1 Martial per Level of Fame
  •  Táltosism
  •  Tengriism
The target of many steppe empires, including the Göktürks, Khazars, and Mongols.
Olvia Olbia in Odessa Zaporizhia Khazaria
  • +10% Monthly Piety
  •  Táltosism
Poszony Poszony Hungary Carpathia
  • +20% Levy Reinforcement Rate if same faith
  •  Táltosism
Sarysyn Sarysyn Zaporizhia Khazaria
  • −10% Men-at-Arms Maintenance Cost
  •  Táltosism
Tyumen Tyumen Yugra Siberia
  • +1 Martial per Level of Devotion
  • +10% Raid Speed
  •  Turumism
Surgut Kazym Yugra Siberia
  • +0.1 Health
  •  Turumism
Ob Ob Ob Siberia
  • +1 Learning
  • +10% Fertility
  •  Turumism
Olkhon Olkhon Buryatia Mongolia
  • +10% Monthly Piety Gain
  •  Turumism
Viscaya Viscaya Navarra Hispania
  • +8 Coastal Advantage
  •  Era Zaharrak
One of the largest centers on Basque Country
Aneto Alto Aragon Aragon Hispania
  • +0.03 Prestige per Knight
  •  Era Zaharrak
Highest mountain in the Pyrenees
Bordeaux Bordeaux Aquitaine Francia
  • +0.5 Monthly Control in Counties
  •  Era Zaharrak
Karakorum Karakorum Mongolia Mongolia
  • +20% Knight Effectiveness
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Fame
  •  Tengriism
Capital of the Mongol Empire between 1235 and 1260.
Qayaliq Qayaliq Zhetysu Tartaria
  • +10% Skirmisher Damage
  • +10% Light Cavalry Damage
  •  Tengriism
Tavan Bogd Tavan Bogd Ob Siberia
  • +1 Prowess per Level of Devotion
  • +5 Clergy Opinion
  •  Tengriism
Preslav Silistra Bulgaria Byzantine Empire
  • +10% Levy Size
  •  Tengriism
Capital of the First Bulgarian Empire.
Athens Attica Hellas Byzantine Empire
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +1 Diplomacy
  •  Hellenism
Major Hellenic city-state and patron city of Athena
Mount Olympus Servia in Thessalia Thessalonika Byzantine Empire
  • +2 Learning
  •  Hellenism
Sacred mountain associated with the Olympic pantheon
Carthage Tunis Africa Maghreb
  • +5 Natural Dread
  •  Adamitism
  •  Hellenism
  •  Achamanism
Phoenician colony turning trading empire, later rebuilt as capital of Roman Tunis
Kabul Kabul Kabulistan Persian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship
  • +5% Monthly Piety
  •  Zunism
Multan Multan Punjab Rajastan
  • +1 Martial
  • +5% Monthly Piety
  •  Zunism
Bost Bost Makran Persian Empire
  • +5 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Zunism
Khotan Khotan Khotan Turan
  • +10 Different Culture Opinion
  •  Manicheanism
  •  Gyur Bön
  •  Khyarwé Bön
  •  Zhengyi
  •  Paganism
Location of the Kunlun Goddess, the highest mountain of the Kunlun Range. Khotan is also the main source of the nephrite jade used in ancient China.
Balkh Balkh (shared with Takht-i-Sangin) Khorasan Persian Empire
  • +10 Different Faith Opinion
  •  Gyur Bön
  •  Khyarwé Bön
Site of the earliest known Fire Temple.
Lhasa Lhasa Ü Tibet
  • +20% Monthly Piety
  •  Gyur Bön
  •  Khyarwé Bön


  • All Taoist faiths:
    •  Quanzhen
    •  Shangqing
    •  Zhengyi
  •  Nangchos
Capital of the Tibetian Empire, which introduced Buddhism to Tibet.
Purang Purang Guge Tibet
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Gyur Bön
  •  Khyarwé Bön


  • All Taoist faiths:
    •  Quanzhen
    •  Shangqing
    •  Zhengyi
  •  Nangchos
Birthplace of Sudhara, one of the Buddha's past lives
Awkar Awkar Ghana Mali
  • +1 Number of Knights
  • +10% Light Cavalry Toughness
  •  Siguism
  •  Bidaism
Capital of the Wagadu Empire and seat of the Bida cult
Jenne Jenne Jenne Mali
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +5 Councillor Opinion
  •  Siguism
  •  Bidaism
  •  Akom
Niani Niani Mali Mali
  • −0.1 Monthly Tyranny
  • −20% Tyranny Gain
  •  Siguism
  •  Bidaism
Capital of the Mali Empire
Kukiya Kukiya Songhay Mali
  • +1% Monthly piety per knight
  • +1% Monthly Prestige per Knight
  •  Siguism
  •  Bidaism
  •  Orisa
Wadan Wadan Anbiya Maghreb
  • +1 Martial
  • +25% Supply Duration
  •  Bidaism
  •  Roog Sene
Daura Daura Hausaland Kanem-Bornu
  • +2% Monthly Prestige per Knight
  • +10% Knight Effectiveness
  •  Bori
Ancient center of Hausa feasts
Garumele Garumele Kanem Kanem-Bornu
  • +5 Popular Opinion
  •  Bori
Igbo Igbo Igbo-Benue Guinea
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Bori
  •  Orisa
The Igbo were an ethnic and cultural group established just North of the Niger delta
El-Fasher El-Fasher Darfur Kanem-Bornu
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Kushitism
  •  Bori
Wandala Wandala Sao Kanem-Bornu
  • +5 Advantage in Drylands terrain
  •  Bori
Kisi Kisi Mali Mali
  • +2% Monthly Prestige per Knight
  • −20% Building Construction Prestige Cost
  •  Siguism
  •  Roog Sene
Sherbro Sherbro Guinea Guinea
  • +10 Same Faith Opinion
  •  Roog Sene
Kayor Kayor Takrūr Mali
  • +5 Personal Scheme Success Chance
  • +1 Diplomacy
  •  Roog Sene
Kasa Kasa Kaabu Mali
  • +1 Diplomacy per Level of Devotion
  •  Roog Sene
Bono Bono Akan Guinea
  • −5% Men-at-Arms Maintenance
  • +5 Personal Scheme Power
  •  Akom
  •  Orisa
Kumasi Kumasi Akan Guinea
  • +1 Learning
  • −25% Short Reign Opinion
  •  Akom
  •  Orisa
Center for the Ashanti people
Ife Ife Yorubaland Guinea
  • +20% Monthly Piety
  •  Akom
  •  Orisa
A central city in Yoruba religion and culture, said to have been founded by the supreme god Olodumare and where the divine king Odudduwa established a legendary dynasty
Nikki Nikki Borgu Guinea
  • +1 Learning per Level of Devotion
  •  Akom
Aswan Aswan Egypt Arabian Empire
  • +1 Stewardship per Level of Devotion
  •  Kushitism
City home to many temples, monuments and relics of Ancient Egypt and the location of quarries that supplied building materials for constructions all over Egypt, inclding the Pyramids of Giza
Wadi el-Milk Wadi el-milk Nubia Abyssinia
  • +50% County Conversion Resistance
  •  Kushitism
A dried up river and former tributary of the Nile
Naqis Naqis Blemmyia Abyssinia
  • +2 Martial
  •  Kushitism
Sennar Sennar Nubia Abyssinia
  • +2 Diplomacy
  •  Kushitism
Mount Teide Tenerife Maghreb Maghreb
  • +25% Monthly Development in Hills terrain
  • +0.03 Piety per Dread
  •  Achamanism
Cartagena Murcia (barony of Cartagena) Valencia Hispania
  • −15% Title Creation Cost
  • -0.002 Men-at-Arms maintenance per Dread
  •  Achamanism
Madeira Madeira Maghreb Maghreb
  • +20% Naval Speed
  • +5 Coastal Advantage
  •  Achamanism
Danakil Danakil Adal Abyssinia
  • +1 Learning
  • +5 Personal Scheme Power
  •  Waaqism
Kaffa Kaffa Damot Abyssinia
  • +1 Martial per Level of Devotion
  • +10% Raid Speed
  •  Waaqism
Harar Harar Adal Abyssinia
  • +10% Monthly Piety
  •  Waaqism
Makhir Makhir Adal Abyssinia
  • +2 Diplomacy
  •  Waaqism
Mogadishu Mogadishu Ajuraan Ajuraan
  • +5 Clergy Opinion
  •  Waaqism
Capital of the Ajuran Sultanate and an important city overall
Gilgit Gilgit Kashmir Rajastan
  • +1 Martial
  • +1 Stewardship
  •  Gyur Bön
  •  Khyarwé Bön
Suzhou Suzhou Xia Tibet
  • +1 Diplomacy
  • +1 Martial
  • All Taoist faiths:
    •  Quanzhen
    •  Shangqing
    •  Zhengyi
Also known as Jiquan, it was an important city in medieval China due to its centrality in trade and its position on the Great Wall

Unused holy sites[edit | edit source]

There are currently two holy sites that exist in the game files but are unused:

Name Location De Jure Kingdom De Jure Empire Effects Faiths Notes
Grand Church Under Construction Barcelona Aragon Hispania
  • +10% Monthly piety
  •  Catholicism
Inactive at game start, and impossible to activate.
Sparta Laconia Hellas Byzantine Empire
  • +1 Martial
  • +1 Prowess
  •  Hellenism
Was formerly a Hellenic holy site until Patch 1.4 replaced it with Mount Olympus

Holy site ID[edit | edit source]

Each holy site has an internal ID uses for referencing within the game files. As a general rule, to get a holy site's ID from its in-game name:

  • Remove all apostrophes (')
  • Turn all upper case letters into lower case (A...Z->a...z)
  • Remove any diacritics from letters, including accents (á->a) and umlauts/diaereses (ü->u)

Any holy site IDs that do not fit the pattern above are included in the table below:

Holy site Internal ID
Canterbury kent
Dwin suenik
Koloneia colonea
Mount Gerizim gerizim
Lumbini kusinagara
Nok Kundi nok_kundi
Takht-e Soleyman takht-e_soleyman
Karakorum kara_khorum
Tavan Bogd tavan_bogd
El-Fasher el_fasher
Wadi el-Milk wadi_el_milk
Grand Church Under Construction (unused) segrada_familia

See also[edit | edit source]