Religious Holy Site Emily Shaw

My first visit was to the Durga temple. The Durga temple is a medieval era Hindu temple located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. When I first saw this temple I thought it looked like a boat. There were so many people visiting the Durga Temple. Durga Temple, which is just along the entrance to the temple complex. I saw a lot of pillared corridor runs around the temple. As I walked through the temple, there are beautiful carvings. The temple appears to be of the late 7th or early 8th century. The most original feature I saw of the temple is a peristyle delimiting an ambulatory around the temple itself and whose walls are covered with sculptures of different gods or goddesses.
The second place I went to was Dwarka is a municipality of Devbhoomi Dwarka district in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India. It is located on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula on the right bank of the Gomti River. I visited the Dwarkadhish Temple. The river was a bright blue color and flowed very far. I visited the Dwarkadhish Temple. As I walked up the to the temple i noticed it was five stories high. As i continued walking i noticed the temple was supported by 72 pillars. I went on a tour of the whole temple and the guide told the group that temple was destroyed by Mahmud Begada rulers and subsequently rebuilt in the 16th century.
The next place I went to was the Bodhi tree which is located in Bodh Gaya. When I went to go look at the tree I ran into a man who knew a lot about the tree. He told me that the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. He showed me how each leaf in in the shade of a heart but in a different way. The leafs were a perfect color of green and were very smooth. The man also told me that according to Buddhist texts the Buddha, meditated without moving from his seat for seven days under this tree. When I went to the back end of the Mahabodhi Temple was right behind it. As i continue to walk around the tree I see a yellow box. The man told me that the yellow box was a way for people to make their offerings. Buddhism recounts that while the Buddha was still alive, in order that people might make their offerings in the name of the Buddha when he was away on pilgrimage, he sanctioned the planting of a seed from the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya in front of the gateway of Jetavana Monastery near Sravasti. The main significance is to go to the place that the Budda used to meditate and pay their respects to him.

My next visit was to Kusinara which is located in Gorakhpur city. I went to visit her because this is one of the Buddists most sacred site. This is were the Budda lived his last days. When I finially got to Kusinara there were many people praying and meditating. As i walked around there were many trees grass everywhere. Later, Mahaparinirvana Temple to see the Budda. I went into the temple after waiting in a very long line. The budda statue is 6.1 m long and rests on a stone couch. As i walked around the Budda I could see the gold color has faded and you could tell it was very old. The main significance of this temple is to pay your respects to the Budda who has passed.

The next place I visited was Orthodox synagogue which is in Prešov, Slovakia. This Orthodox is still a place of worship for Jewish people. I went to one of there services and it was so fun! Everything was so colorful inside, but it was very crowded. As I walked down the main hallway the cielings were covered with beautiful paintings. It was so pretty. In my opinion the paintings looked like flowers. As the day went on the Orthodox turned into a museum so people could tour it. As I went on the tour I saw that thee was a priceless collection of Judaica and other objects that was originally assembled by the first Jewish museum in Slovakia. The collection survived the war and was conserved for decades at the State Jewish Museum in Prague. Each type of Judaica I saw was different are related to Judaism in a different way. The main significance of this temple is to practice Judaism and to learn about the culture of Judaism.
The next place I visited was The Western Wall which is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. As I began to walk around I noticed that there were huge green things poking out the walls of the big wall. I asked a little who was working there what they were and she said that they were plants that have found a way to survive through the wall. The Western Wall is very tall. It is approximately 187-foot. Many Jewish people were sitting along the wall praying. The western wall was very crowded and very hot. Since most of it is outside I was in the sum the whole time. As i continued walking there were many chairs lined up against the wall for anyone to come sit down and pray. The main significance of this site is to pray and worship their God.
The next place I visited was Christ the Redeemer which is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I had to ride a train to get to the top of the statue. There were many people up there. Once I got up there I could see that the statue of Jesus has faded to a yellow color. I read on one of the signs that 98 feet tall, not including its 26 feet pedestal, and its arms stretch 92 feet wide. I noticed that there are little cracks in the staute from natural damages. The view was the best part though. You could see the whole city and all the water. You could hear all the car horns going off because all the traffic. The main significance of this site is Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms, a symbol of peace, was chosen.
The next place I visited was the St. Peter's Basilica which is located in the Vatican City, in Rome, Italy. It is beautiful of the outside. All the statues that come off the top of the church are prepossessing. Once I walked into the church it was so cool. There were main statues and multiple paintings all over the walls. When I got to the part of the church that is shaped as a dome it was so pretty. Light was gleaming down into the church. All the natural light opened up the room and showed off the paintings on the ceiling. When i went toward the dome I saw the Bernini’s baldacchino. I was huge and had a big cross on the top of it. The main significance is that St. Peter's Basilica is believed to be the burial place of Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
The next place I visited was Selimiye Mosque which is located in the city of Edirne, Turkey. As I walked up to the Selimiye Mosque I could see that there are four huge pillars coming out from the top. Once i got inside it was very colorful. There were a circle of lights in the middle of the room. The ceilings are very bright and has multiple windows which brought in a lot of natural light. There were patterns all along the walls and ceiling. The main significance was that it was considered by Sinan to be his masterpiece and is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture.
My Last stop was Masjid al-Haram which is located in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Walking up to the entrance you can see two huge pillars coming out of the top. When I went inside it was very white. There were many pillars and windows all around. Most of the walls were painted white and the floors were white tile. The main significance is that Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam's holiest place.


Created with images by Anosmia - "Trinity Over the Gate Church" • manbartlett - "untitled image" • Wonderlane - "Buddhist prostrating at Buddha's ancient Cremation Stupa, made of bricks, during Buddhist Pilgrimage to the 8 Holy Places, Kusinara, India" • Basheer Olakara - "Masjid Al Haram"

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