On December 4th, the beginning of my journey, I visited Jerusalem, Israel for two sites important to the religion of Christianity. I went to the Church of Mary Magdalene. The church is named after Mary Magdalene, who is said to have witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and to have been the first person to see him after his resurrection, making the architecture important to the Christians. From there, I went to the River of Jordan. The River of Jordan is where John the Baptist baptised Jesus.
The Church of Mary Magdalene
On December 5th, I stayed in Jerusalem to find sites that were special to the Jews. I first found the Temple Mount. It is the holiest site for the Jews because it's the place where God's presence can be felt the most. While at the Temple Mount, I saw the Western Wall which is the holiest place Jews are allowed to pray.
On December 6th, I traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to find religious sites important to the Muslims. I explored the Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world. A mosque is the place of worship for Muslims. In the middle of the Masjid al-Haram, there is a building called the Kaaba. The Kaaba is said to be the House of Allah, Muslims are to face it when they pray from any point in the world. The Kaaba has something called the Black Stone on the eastern corner. Muslims try to stop and kiss it when they are near.
The Kaaba inside the Masjid al-Haram
The Black Stone on the Kaaba
On December 7th, I went to Bodhgaya, Bihar , India for two very interesting sites connected to the Buddhists. I started off with the Bodhi Tree. Buddha is said to have been where gained wisdom under the tree while meditating. Next, I made my way to the Mahabodhi Temple. The temple was built east of the tree to represent what the tree does in case it dies.
On December 8th, I proceeded to Badrinath, India. Here, I went to the Badrinath temple which is a great sacred and architectural site for the Hindus. This temple is one dedicated to Vishnu, one of their gods. A Hindu legend says Vishnu sat in meditation here.