Religious Insights Hinduism, Buddhism, JUDAISM, christianity, and islam

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Hey Blog! This week has been crazy! I visited so many places around the world searching for religious history that would teach me more about the top five world religions. Believe me guys, I definitely got what I was looking for!! Let me tell you about my travels...

Religion One: Christianity

Colossus of Constantine (right)

December 8, 2016

To start off , for Christianity I decided to go to Rome! When in Rome I went to The Colossus of Constantine. Constantine was a man that defeated his rival at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Before this he felt that the Heavens sent him a sign and they were foreshadowing a victory. After that victory Constantine became the principal patron of Christianity. Christianity did not become the official religion for Rome until later on but Constantine made Christianity well known. After seeing the The Colossus of Constantine I wanted to see some religious architecture. I decided to see Old St. Peter's Basilica which was the 4th-century church begun by the Emperor Constantine. This is just like a church but more Roman style which is wide and big. This basilica brought many together because of it ginormous size.

Religion Two: Islam

December 9, 2016

Okay, on to day number two!! For the Islamic religion I went to Saudi Arabia to see the La Mecca. Mecca, in a desert valley in western Saudi Arabia, is Islam’s holiest city, as it’s the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. Dating from the 7th century, the central Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) surrounds the Kaaba, the cloth-covered cubic structure that’s Islam’s most sacred place. The architecture part of the Islamic religion that I visited in Saudi Arabia was The Kaaba. The Kaaba is a building at the center of Islams most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram. So, when i went to mecca is was very easy for me to visit both at once. Both of these were beautiful places and many people came together t worship as a whole.

Religion Three: Judaism

December 10, 2016

Number three!!! For Judaism I went to Jerusalem which is such a beautifully amazing place, wow!!! Sacred site was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This site is the Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus. Many come to see the so called miracle of Jesus and to worship it. On to architecture, while in Jerusalem I decided to visit the The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. This is one of Judaism's most holy sites. According to Jewish tradition, despite the temple's destruction, the divine presence never left. While the wall itself stands as impressive archaeological amazingness. As Jews approach the base of the wall to pray it is captivating and Jews come from all over the word to place prayer notes in the wall's crevices..

Religion Four:Hinduism

December 11, 2016

Hinduism, here we go! I decided to go to India! For sacred sites I went to India's Varanasi. Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Known as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River's sacred waters and perform funerals. Along the city's winding streets are about 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Architecture... as i was in India i visited the Hindu Temple. The Hindu temple architecture is an open, symmetry driven structure, with many variations, on a square grid of padas, depicting perfect geometric shapes such as circles and squares. This was a beautiful place to see!!!

Religion Five: Buddhism

December 12, 2016

Last one!!! Okay I'm sad to say my trip is almost over but it was an amazing learning experience. So for Buddhism I stayed in India because India is its origin. I visited Lumbini, which is the birthplace of the Buddha. Buddhists from all over the world come to visit the holy site. On to architecture, still in India I visited Stupas. These are built of stones or bricks to pay respects to important events or mark important places associated with Buddhism. Ashok Maurya who laid the foundation of this group of monuments is said to have built 84,000 stupas, most of which have perished.

Credits:

Created with images by tpsdave - "diveevo russia church" • Herb@Victoria - "Stato della Città del Vaticano" • Bradley N. Weber - "Colossal Constantine" • Camera Eye - "Holly Ka'ba" • shahin olakara - "Kaaba, Masjid Al Haram, Mecca" • ines s. - "Convento de Cristo, Tomar" • BRBurton23 - "western wall israel prayer" • RonAlmog - "Jerusalem" • alexanderwragge0 - "varanasi ganges india" • VasenkaPhotography - "Java ~ Hindu Temple ~ Prambanan" • wonker - "Lumbini" • ancasta1901 - "Torre_Chianca_01"

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