Religious shrine
Hammer N/A
Requirements Great Prophet
Great People points 1 Great Prophet


  • +1 Coins per city with the religion
  • Spreads the religion
  • Can turn 3 citizens into Priests

In Civilization IV, the religious shrines are the most sacred buildings of religions. Players usually just call them shrines since there are no other shrines in the game. Each religion has its own shrine, but other than their names and their particular religious affiliation, all the shrines have exactly the same attributes.

Religion Shrine
Buddhism Buddhism Mahabodhi
Christianity Christianity Church of the Nativity
Confucianism Confucianism Kong Miao
Hinduism Hinduism Kashi Vishwanath
Islam Islam Masjid Al-Haram
Judaism Judaism Temple of Solomon
Taoism Taoism Dai Miao

Building a ShrineEdit

To build a shrine, you must generate a Great Prophet. When you have a Great Prophet, you must move him to the holy city for the religion you want shrined. Once you have done that, you will see that the button to make that shrine has become active. (If the city is the holy city for more than one religion, you'll see more than one of the shrine buttons are active.) Press a shrine's button, and the particular shrine is built instantly; the Great Prophet is consumed in the process.