05/16/2017- I have begun a journey. A journey unlike any other. Today, May 16th I began my journey to experience the architecture of the 5 major religions of the world. I start in Yangon Myanmar(Burma) at the temple Shwedagon Pagoda. It is built with many stupas, which are pillars with wide bases and thin peaks. The structure is plated with gold and the top of the main stupa has 4,531 diamonds! Shwedagon Pagoda enshrines some of Buddha's hair, which is why it is so popular and covered in precious materials.
05/20/2017- After taking a short stay in Myanmar, I proceeded to Thanjavur India. In Thanjavur, the Brihadeeswara temple resides, standing 66 meters(216 ft.) It is dedicated to the god Shiva, the god of creation and destruction. Brihadeeswarar's architecture is Dravidian composed of what looks like small people and buildings. On top of Brihadeeswarar, I received the luxury to travel to another nearby temple Sri Ranganathanathar Swamy in Srirangam. It was located about an hour and a half away. The temple is dedicated the Vishnu, the god of protection and preservation, and shows the same architecture as the first.
05/24/2017- Today, I visited Mecca in Saudi Arabia to explore the Islamic Religion. I decided to visit the Al-haram mosque or the Great Mosque of Mecca. The mosque is absolutely gigantic, designed to hold hundreds of thousands of people. On the outer edges of the mosque, pillars with the Islamic moon and star are placed. This building is so important and large because one of the five pillars of Islam requires a follower to go on a hajj, a religious pilgrimage. One of the destinations is the Al-haram mosque which contains the Kaaba, Islams holiest place.
05/28/2017- After visiting Saudi Arabia, I traveled to Jerusalem in Israel. In Jerusalem, I visited the Western Wall, often called the Wailing Wall. The wall is particularly famous because of how close it was to the Holy of Holies, the holiest area of an ancient Jewish temple. When the Romans came and destroyed the temple, the only thing left was the western wall which the Jewish believe to still contain Diving Presence. Today, many Jews travel to the wall to weep and say prayers. There is not much architecture to the Western Wall, it is simply bricks stacked on top of each other. There are beliefs that some of the bricks came from Solomon's temple, others from the Second temple, and even more from the Cave of Zedkiah.
06/02/2017- The final place I visit is here in the United States of America. This final one is particularly special to me because it has to do with my own religion. I traveled to Salt Lake City Utah. If you haven't guessed it yet, I am a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Contrary to popular belief, Mormons are Christian. Many Mormons come to visit the Salt Lake Temple because it resides where Mormons finally rested after much persecution. It is also the longest standing Mormon temple. The building has three main columns in the front and back, and has the Angel Moroni blowing his trumpet at the very top of the center column.