In the contemplative city the people live from the land and focus on contemplation and praying. It can look like a frontier Christian settlement, an oriental village, and of course a haven for all faith-seekers without distinction. It will usually be less dense than other cities, and eventually they don't use almost any electricity.
Usually the contemplative cities will have problems with money, as many work only the short week and the profits of spirituality-based buildings are lower. The happiness however will often be very high. Try to save up for monasteries, as they are sources of spirituality, housing and happiness, and kung-fu fighting artists (more happiness). Your economic goal will be to reach the "arts/crafts" workplaces like the seamstress, because they give free buildings. Also the tea shops will be handy, as they are restaurants and your village will have plenty of farmers.
If you try to go for a promised land for god-fearing people, the missions will be handy even when they don't make profit, because of their huge spirituality boost and lower agricultural costs. The homesteads are a good choice and small churches and meeting places too, but remember the services are in the morning so build venues for after work. And when you can permit it, build a Cathedral worthy of God and his god-fearing followers—the spiritual retreats can be handy for that task.