This year, for my travel blog, I am researching the religious landscape tour of the world! I will be going to sacred sites of each of the five main world religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Day One: To start off, I took a plane 8,459 miles to India. I travelled to the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. The elaborate statures and temples amazed me beyond compare. Grand monuments embroidered in gold to show their patrism to their gods. it was filled with people from around the world to see such an significant prayer site. Big, ominous statues of the multiple gods were placed along with wealth symbolisms such as money, prayers for long living prosperity and life. Hinduism is one of the world's most oldest religion, and with around 800,000 believers. This temple is very sacred to Hindus, and brings a lot of people from all around to here.
Day Two: Buddhism came from Hinduism, in belief of Buddha as their savior, and is classified as a polytheism: the belief of multiple gods. I arrived in Bodhgaya, one of the most important sites of worship for the Hinduism religion. As it is believed to be where Siddhartha Gautama became "Buddha". Upon entering the temple, many monks and citizens milled around and dressed with traditional clothing. Thick, beautiful plants surrounded many of the status of Buddha, and the size of the sculptures were overwhelming. With an astounding 82 feet tall, the center statue of the enlightened one was always filled with people praying upon the ground.
Day Three: I travelled to the Western Wall (wailing wall) in Jerusalem, were Jews from all countries, and as well as tourists of other religious backgrounds, go to pray at the wall, where many people believe that one immediately has the "ear of God." It is 187 feet (57 m) long and is made of meleke limestone. The term western comes from the western stone used in parts of the wall. It was humongous. The sheer size of the structure was unfathomable and as many others there for the first time, in awe. Papers are slipped into the cracks of the wall in hope for God to answer their prayers. Most consider the wall to have been part of a Jewish temple, also called the Second Temple, which stood for hundreds of years, but burned down by the Roman Catholics. As noticed, the term of the weeping wall is due to the history of the persecution of Jews, and as seen in my visit there, people go to cry and morn over their losses.
Day Four: From Jerusalem, my next stop for my religion of the world destination is Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Ka'ba is a shrine, what was built by Abraham, around a black stone. The Prophet Muhammad designated Mecca as the holy city of Islam and the direction in which all Muslims should offer their prayers five times a day. The size of the place is great, with an estimate of 20 football fields could fit into the mosque. This is the most famous site for Islamic faith to go to, and is where Mohamed was born. Without wearing the traditional clothing of the religion, you cannot be permitted inside. White is the preferred color, as everyone I saw wore, (which shoes purity and faith to God).
Day Five: The final day, I made my way to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy, one of the famous churches of Christianity. Ordered by Pope Julius II in 1506, and wasn't completed until 1615. This is a major pilgrimage site for Christians, and is called the church of the pope. The interior of St. Peter’s is full with masterpieces of Renaissance art, among the most famous as Michelangelo’s Pietà, the baldachin by Bernini, the statue of St. Longinus, the tomb of Urban VIII, and the bronze cathedra of St. Peter. Christens and tourists of many religions come here to witness the beautiful art and cultural landscape this church had on the world like I did on the final day of my journey. With sharp points and beautiful landscape, the effect it had on many Catholic churches are shown today. Many base their structure and architecture on St. Peter, and with grand rooms and tall doors, the presense and the holiness is portrayed here.