When a Place Has Its Greatest Impact

I've found that a place has its greatest impact not when it's teeming with people. That has the opposite effect.

Milling crowds with their cameras and smartphones and banal chatter generally take away from a place. Instead, its when a place is at its calmest, its quietest, its most tranquil that you can really feel its power.

You notice more. You sense more. You feel more. I've experienced that with monuments, places of worship, memorials, and more in a number of countries.

Sometimes, you just don't get that feeling of power, that feeling of awe. Sometimes, you get mixed signals. Sometimes, you just wonder why.