Faith tourism is one of the social phenomena characterizing the post-secular society. It should be seen as a «sign of the times», through which the Christian community is invited to renew its mystagogy and, above all, to announce faith to people living in far away places. The sacred space is the physical venue where this new way of transmitting the faith takes place. The theology of the sacred space permits a fruitful dialogue between the human sciences and the facts of faith. Veil of Moses, Tent of meeting, Temple of Jerusalem, body of Christ, people of God: the sacred space is also a sign of the Promised Land, a key to read Creation. In the Christian Tradition this «theology in stone» which is the ecclesial building has been gradually enriched by other meanings: the courtroom, the pilgrimage to East, the union of sky and earth. The Anastasis of St. Saviour in Chora (Istanbul) is analyzed in the last part of the article as an example of the new theological perspectives opened by figure art.

(Author: Jean Paul Hernández)

Summary ed.28 (II/2010)