AP HUG Religion Project By: Nicholas Dembla 1b

My first destination is India, the heart of Hinduism. Next to the Ganges River lies Varanasi, an ancient holy town of seven. Varanasi, a very beautiful land, is home to many temples and colors. Nicknamed "The City of Light", Varanasi is considered to be "older than history". Just near the river is Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is a Hindu Temple brandishing beautiful architecture and bright colors.

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The Ganges River is considered to be sacred to Hindus. It is said that it is the extension of God, Lord Shiva, and therefore, the river is divine and an image of the higher power. The Ganges River not only holds a sacred quality but it provides water and agricultural food for over 350 million people. The river begins in the center of the Himalayas and then moves through the north Indian plains.

Varanasi from the Ganges River

Paro Taktsang, or The Tigers Nest, is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliff side of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Built in 1692, it is believed that Padmasambhava ( a Buddhist master) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong. This temple's beautiful sights and colorful flags are held at over 3,000 feet above the valley.

Paro Taktsang Temple

Limbini is believed to be the location in which Buddha was born. It is surrounded by colorful flags and worshipers. These peaceful grounds are also covered with words of Buddha. Located in Nepal, multiple temples are within the area for prayers and worship.


Jewish Quarter is a beautiful area with old architecture in Jerusalem. If these walls could speak they'd tell you about the immense amount of history witnessed. The 116,000 square meter area lies in the southeastern sector of the walled city. Some portions of Jewish Quarter were built over by Romans. Before this, this area was just ruins.

Jewish Quarter

When Rome destroyed the Second Temple in 70 C.E., only one outer wall remained standing. This was The Western Wall. This wall is worshiped Jewish people from around the world. It's supposed to be the most holy spot in Jewish life.

The Western Wall

The Dome of The Rock is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is decorated with colorful tiles and a large gold dome. It was initially completed in 691 CE. It was constructed by the Muslim ruler Abd el-Malik,

The Dome of The Rock

The Kaaba is a building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, al-Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. It is considered the "House of Allah". This is the holiest site for Muslims. Every Mulsim is to visit this site at least once in their lifetime. It's a pilgrimage called "Haj".

The Kaaba circled by Muslims

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also an beautiful and old site. Located in Jerusalem, this is yet another location where many people come to visit. It has large and obvious, gold crosses at the top of the dome. It is made of very old brick from when it was originally constructed.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also a very sacred site to Christians. It is claimed to have been the tomb of Jesus. It's where he has been said to have been buried and resurrected. It was construced in 335. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Edicule.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

As for personal experiences with religion, I went to a church when I was in 4th grade with a friend. It wasn't really a choice or anything. We went to this church in a reletively modern looking building and I experienced what Christianity is about. They had video games... and candy... two items perfect for getting kids to want to come to church. And that's just step one to brainwashing kids to believe in Jesus, God, their religion. They told us things such as how rock music is the Devils music and how apperntly a 5 year old killed his parents after listening to rock music. Right, even as a 4th grader I was never that gullible. They expected me to believe that a 5 year old loaded a shotgun, carried it, and killed his parents while they were sleeping. All from rock music. Fortunately I don't have the parents that force me to be a certain way or believe the same things they do. It didn't just stop there, they spoke bad about Muslims and other nonsense. That really sparked my knowledge of religion and led me to so much more experience.


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