On August 20, I traveled to Kedarnath, India to commence my journeys. Here, I saw the Kedarnath temple, which was located in the Himalayas. The weather was very cold and the elevation was also high. The temple looked over a thousand years old, and had huge stone slabs that overlapped a large rectangular platform.
I found out that the importance of this temple is that it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, which are the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. These shrines are said to be able to relieve your sins and give supreme knowledge, which is why the shrine was so crowded, as many people wanted to witness its history.
This is the Kedarnath temple, in Kedarnath, India. This is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas temples that are dedicated to the Hindu religion.
On September 7, I traveled to Nepal, to see a Buddhist temple. I went to Lumbini, which is where the Buddha was born, and therefore considered one of the most holy places in the world. Especially to Buddhists, this sacred site is one of the most historical and interesting places in the world. Lumbini is located at the foot of the Himalayas in Nepal.
Lumbini consisted of a few different buildings. Outside of the main building were a few brick structures that were assorted in a cross-system. The main building was made out of sandstone, and was very beautiful. It was easy to tell that this type of architecture directly represented Buddhism.
This photo is of Lumbini, Bhudda's birth place, in Nepal
On September 20, I traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to see the Masjid al Haram mosque, where muslims are obligated to make a pilgrimage to. Also, it is known as the holiest place of the Islam religion and the largest mosque in the world.
The holy mosque architecture style is Islamic, which consists of domes and tall spires. The tall spires and domes differentiate the Islamic Architecture to other religious buildings as the others mostly don't include pieces that are similar. Learning interesting history was a fun way to spend my birthday!
This picture is of the Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia.
On October 5, I went to Jerusalem to see the western wall. This wall is considered the most holy place and why it is the holiest place for Jews to pray. It was very interesting to see this place as it is one of the most holy places for the Jewish people and the wall was really tall!
The wall is made out of ancient limestone and 1,066 feet long, with black markings and a tan like color. The structure, complimented by its limestone color and texture, showed history of the Jewish religion and was distinctive. I was surprised to see so many people in one place!
This is the western wall in Jerusalem, where those who have faith in Judaism pray.
On October 20, I went the Holy Sepulchre, which was also located in Jerusalem. This very intricate building was huge! It looked like it was made out of limestone, and had a blueish roof. I later found out it was made out of Romanesque and Baroque architecture.
This place was said to be the place of Jesus's tomb, and where he was crucified and buried. Due to its history with Jesus, it makes this place a very sacred site. To Christians, this is important as it is a way to connect even further with the religion. It was an amazing experience seeing this architecture and visiting this sacred site!
This photo is of the church of the holy Sepulchre, relating to Christianity.