This article explains the amount of opportunities for religious exchange that are to come with the new silk road. The routes of the new silk road will be passing through multiple cities throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa, some of which have religious relevance to certain belief systems. Missionaries will, in theory, be able to travel to and from other cities connected to the new silk road. People who are also interested in certain ways of life/religions can travel or make their pilgrimage to cities with holy sites or major churches, mosques, pagodas, etc.
The New Silk Road is an opportunity for cultural as well as religious exchange. The ambitious project would make it so missionaries and other religious figures could get to many places in the world, without some of the risks they would have faced in the past. The project would somewhat promote a more spiritual global community due to the accessibility to different views, rather than always following the views that are held by a majority of their native community. Nations The countries currently participating in the new project on land are: China, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, England, France, Spain, India, Vietnam, Burma, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Finland. The Nations participating in maritime travel are: Sri Lanka, Sudan, India, Indonesia, Greece, and Italy.
Relevance These countries have many important religious sites and hold strong positions in the religious world.
Russia, since the sacking of Constantinople, had been unofficially named the capital of Orthodox Christianity, with many cities including St Petersburg, Rostov, Moscow, and Velaam laying claim to multiple major churches and relics, with the highest percentage of Orthodox Christians out of any nation on earth. They also have one of the highest Jewish populations on earth.
Mongolia is the native land of Tengriism, one of the largest spread and ethnically inherited beliefs in early eastern Europe's history.
Turkey is one of the cradles of Christianity, with the Anatolians and Khazars converting by the hundreds starting in 73 AD. It also currently owns Constantinople, home of the Hagia Sofia, and Antioch, the birthplace of the name "christian". Before then, they were called "people of the way" and were also called Jews. Turkey had also began hosting Islam as a majority religion around the mid to late 700s, being a very important foothold for the middle east to spread Islam into Europe.