The considerations presented in the following article concentrate around the issue of the influence of tourism development on the process of preserving and passing on the spiritual values of religious cult sites with the example of chosen monuments inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The reflections were based on the analysis of the available subject matter literature combined with the study of cultural tourism management in sacral and sacred sites, mentioned above. The aim of the study - which included churches, temples and necropolises - was to understand how the development of cultural tourism influences the spiritual character of the sacred places of the World Heritage and what methods of protection are used in order to prevent them from losing their sacral dimension. Moreover, the aim of the mentioned project was to check if and how tourism stimulates the preservation and passing on of the spiritual values of sacral monuments. Based on the conclusions drawn from the collected data analysis, the author suggests the protection methods of the sacral monuments intangible character from the threat of rapid tourism development which, at the same time, ensure sustainable development of cultural tourism in those places.
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