A Religious Expedition A Blog by abby cummings

Left: woman practicing Hindu rituals. Center: Virupaksha Temple in Hampi in the State of Karnataka. Right: Girls dancing.

September 4: Today I traveled to Hampi which is located in Karnataka, a southern state in India. My first stop was The Virupaksha Temple. Virupaksha is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, and among all the surrounding ruins, this temple is intact and is still in use. Hampi is located on the banks of River Tungabhadra. Major renovations and additions were made in the 19th century and gopuras were established and ceilings were painted during this time. Some of the other surrounding structures are entrance gateways, pillared cloisters, smaller shrines, and a courtyard. The gateway located at the east is nine tiered and is the largest among all the gateways at 50 meters. As you pass through the smaller eastern gateway you enter the courtyard and you see the collection of small shrines that are located here. This temple was very beautiful and the architecture was astonishing. I would have to say the first leg of the trip is definitely a great start.

The Temple of Heaven, located in southern Beijing

September 6: Today we went to Beijing, which is in northeast China. The temple on the left is known as The Temple of Heaven, located in the Chongwen District. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the temple was where the emperors held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It was first built in 1420 then later enlarged and rebuilt during the reigns of the Ming emperor Jiajing and the Qing emperor Qianlong. The temple was opened to the public in 1988 as a park, showing ancient philosophy, history, and religion. The Buddhist temple is enclosed by a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth.

Left: Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

September 10: After a delayed flight we arrived to the beautiful city of Jerusalem. The temple on the left is a Jewish temple known as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Temple Mount is an elevated plateau in the Old City of Jerusalem. It has a trapezoid-shaped, walled-in area in the southeastern corner of the Old City of Jerusalem. The floor has a beautiful mosaic pattern. Jerusalem was kind of quiet today so we just explored. We enjoyed the sunrise on our way into the city.

This is the Santiago de Compostela located in Spain.

September 12: Today we visited the Santiago de Compostela, which is a Christian cathedral. It is located in the Galicia community in northwestern Spain. The cathedral is expansive so it could host pilgrims during the pilgrimage expedition around the world. Which is why they increased the altars of the chapels of the header. The cathedral was built by order of Alfonso II to house the remains of the Apostle. The construction began in 1075 and was interrupted in 1088 by disagreements with Bishop Diego Peláez. The work resumed in 1110 with Bishop Diego Gelmírez. The faculty began in 1124 and was rebuilt in the sixteenth century Gothic style. The main hall is covered by a barrel vault of Roman origin. There is a gallery located on the top floor of the ambulatory and the building receives indirect lighting through the windows of the aisles.

Abuja National Mosque located in Nigeria

September 14: Today we traveled to Abuja National Mosque is the national mosque of Nigeria, a country with a substantial Muslim population. The Islamic mosque was built in Abuja in 1987. The four minarets are high about 120 meters, while the large central dome is 60 meters. There is a library and a conference room located inside which is able to serve five hundred people. The mosque is located in the Independence Avenue, in front of the National Church of Nigeria. The design was made in such a way that the mosque has an imposing view that can be seen from various parts of the City Center.

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