This is The Temple Mount or is also called al-Haram al-Sharif.
On August 10, 2016, I visited Jerusalem where I say this amazing building! I saw some Muslims there, they call this holy site The Temple Mount or al-Haram al-Sharif. The religious architecture here was very detailed, it looks like there is stone o the bottom half, while the top half has a very beautiful title. This temple is significant to the Muslims because it is were Mohammed ascended to heaven. This temple also includes a few major worship sites for the Muslims, such a as the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. For those how don't know there religions well, Muslim is a branch of Islam.
This is a sky view of Al-Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Masjid al-Haram is a sacred site to Islams, this is also called the Holy Mosque. This receives millions of Islams to do there prayers. Just outside of the mosque there are two hills. The pilgrims as they are called have to run or walk through them a one of their many rituals. Islam rituals are very strict, they can only pray facing a certain way, is just one example. The black cube like object in the middle is Islam's holiest object. This mosque has had many renovations through the years on trying to make it bigger, but it still is very crowed there! I have heard that the Islams have to make one trip in there life time to this mosque. I have also heard that you must be careful because people can get runner and hurt, so be careful!
This is the Dhamek pagoda in Deer Park Sarnath, India
On August 11, 2016 I visited Sarnath, India to look at the pagodas that had some rich history. This Dhamek pagoda was built in the third century and is probably the oldest surviving Buddhist structure in the world! Even though it is not the most detailed, it has the most character, unlike some of the new religious architecture. Buddhist made the pagodas to relate back to Budda, his body and his clothing, each different tier represent something different. However, no Buddhist were praying or worshiping by the pagodas. Buddha also spoke a sermon here.
Three Buddhist statues, the one in the middle is Buddha.
On August 11, 2016, I also visited Lumbini, Nepal. This sacred site is in Lumbini, Nepal where Buddha was born. The three different statues represent different gods Buddhist people worship. Buddha is the middle statue because he is the main god to them. Vesakha is a festival that Buddhist people participant in to celebrate Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death in the same day. This up coming year Vesaka comes on May 10, 2017, so you can go see Buddhist's interesting culture and worship rituals.
On August 12, 2016 I visited the Durga Temple, Aihole in Karnataka, India. The front side has intricate detail, while the back side of the temple is rounded, like a half circle. The statue detail on the front represents some many thing. The detail in person is so beautiful, the Hidus who made this temple did a real work of art! I recommend making this one of your go to spots for your vacation. This temple can give you an idea of what Hinduism is like and its rich history.
On August 12, 2016 I also visited Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is a temple located off the Ganges river. The view form across the river is very gorgeous and you should make that an item on your bucket list, I certainly have! This is one of many Hindu temples that you should visit, but I can only talk about this of the time being. This temple is where Hindu's make personal offerings to the gods and goddess.
The top of a synagogue with the Star of David
On August 13, 2016 I went all around Jerusalem and found the Star of David incorporated in just about everywhere especially in synagogues. This is put into architecture to remind the Jews of what they are supposed to do in there everyday life. I challenge you to look for all the Stars of David when you go to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is where most of the Jews live, so that is like their holy city. But you can always find Jews in your everyday life, like I have a classmate that is a Jew and we both live in Texas.
On August 13, 2016 I also visited the Western Wall. The Jews that do not live in Jerusalem try to come to the wall every year. Some Jews come for Bar Mitzvah, others to take pictures before a wedding, or to place a heartfelt prayer-note within the cracks between the stones. At this wall the Jewish people pray out loud their own prayers, when this is happening non-Jews call the wall the "Wailing Wall". The Jewish people think it is offensive that the non-Jews call them that, when it is their religious ritual. The Wall can get very crowed sound the evening.
A church in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
On August 14, 2016 I visited a church in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Christian architecture can be seen by all the crosses on top of the building. The cross is the Christian symbol because Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose three days later out of his tomb. The cross differentiates Christians from other religions. Since Christianity is the largest religion in the world, that is why you can almost always find a church where you are living or working.
This is First Baptist Church of Carollton.
Every Sunday, I go to First Baptist Church of Carrollton, FBCC, to worship God. With the Student Ministry we volunteer throughout our community. Our church has a Friendship House, which is where we collect food and the staples at the house to give to under privilege families in our community. We have a Christmas Store every year where each class donates gifts for children, so there parents can give them Christmas, kind of like the angle tree gifts we do at school. Our youth group is very fun and exciting because we have Christmas parties, paint wars, and Elevate. Elevate is most likely over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and we stay at host homes, play games across the whole town, and worship God while doing all of these things. This is a sacred place to me because I am a Christian.