December 9th, 2017- I was just at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, which is said to have been created around the Bodhi tree that Siddhartha Gautama meditated under when to become the Buddha. I liked the temple's design of having a large, almost pyramid shape, central tower with a smaller, nearly identical, tower at each of its four corners. I saw that it has four railings, one on each side, that are about 2 meters tall. I also noticed that, strangely, there are two different types of railings; there is an older type which is made of sandstone with Hindu scenes, and a newer type which is made of coarse granite with stupas.
December 15th, 2017- I was visiting the Badrinath temple which is where Vishnu meditated for 1000 years while Lakshmi sheltered him in the form of a badri tree. When I was there I saw many Hindu pilgrims that, to me, just acted like normal tourists. What's strange about this temple is that its architecture seems to be like that of a Buddhist vihara but it has the highly painted façade shared with Hindu temples, leading to an argument over whose it is.
December 18th, 2017- The Western Wall is the closest existing place to the Holy of Holies, it was the room which God was to reside in while on earth. The Holy of Holies is where all Jews direct their prayers and since the Western Wall is the closest place to it, they travel to pray at the Western Wall. I saw Jewish people go up to the wall to pray while leaning against it and sometimes put prayer cards in between the stones. While I was there the Jewish people were praying so passionately that it almost sounded like crying, which is why it was given the nickname "the Wailing Wall". I saw that it has three different types of masonry, but other than that it is extremely unmarked.
December 19th, 2017- The Church of The Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. The architecture of it is extremely confusing because it was sacked, burnt, and rebuilt many, many times, resulting in multiple layers of styles which I could not discern from each other. I noticed that there is a way to spend the night in the church. I didn't choose to participate in the overnight option but I saw plenty without it. I arrived in time to see the beginning of the greek Orthodox service, they were incensing the church at the time, others were in the Calvary, the spot where Jesus was crucified, and there was a huge group of people waiting to enter the Aedicule, where Jesus was entombed.
December 21st, 2017- I have just been to the Masjid Al-Haram, also called the Great Mosque of Mecca, and saw the Ka'ba. The Ka'ba is the most important religious structure in Islam since it is considered to be the "House of God." I saw Muslim people in the prayer area surrounding the Ka'ba praying in its direction. I saw that the Masjid Al-Haram surrounds a courtyard containing the Ka'ba, has nine minarets (little tower like structures from which the call to worship used to be given), it has several domed rooms, the structures have many decorated columns and arches, as well as a stone arcade (a covered walkway extended from the side of a building with columns to support the roof).