Landing the world Through cultural differences By: Meagan Griggs

Today was my first day to travel and view all the different cultural patterns and landscapes throughout many religions and country's. The first place I decided to visit was a very popular re site that presents the religious architecture of Hinduism. And it was called The Red Fort held in Delhi. This amazing place was made way back before us, so far it was 300BC. The red fort was structured to be a perfect polished piece of art that even the wood it was made from glistened. The former palace is so large it stretched one and a half miles long...WOW!! Later that day we went to see a more sacred site near the banks of the holy river Ganges , called Benares. The city known to be one of the holiest places in India. After passing many temples I found out that it held up to two thousand temples and half a million idols. There was so much different culture every corner , things I've never seen and so much color displayed throughout the town.

My next visit is a crazy architecture unlike many that is called stupas. The stupas are one of the most important form of Buddhist architecture. The stupas are dome shaped monuments that are used for housing relics or to commemorate significant facts of Buddhism. Burma is known to have the most stupas in the whole world. And I got to see the most preserved stupa in Sanchi. These homes are so cool and I think it would be so cool to live in one something like that. Another site that I saw the next day was a little more sacred to the culture of Buddhism known as Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India . Bodh Gaya is a religious site and a place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple. This temple is known to be a famous place where the Buddhist God named Gautama Buddha is said he obtained enlightenment under what they call the Bodhi tree. I loved seeing the many ways the Buddhist do things and the culture throughout everywhere.

A few days later I am now in Prague visiting the oldest synagogue called Ostia this in built 1270. This is a place made of stone where Jewish people came to worship during the reign of Claudius. This Prague was very small with only benches aligned three walls, and a water well for ritual washings. As I can see from the architecture of the building being made of stone that it is quite an old building being not many buildings are built with that anymore. Two days later I went to see a holy place is Jerusalem called Solomon's Temple. This temple is known as one of the oldest and first temples built according to the Hebrew bible. It was a religious focal point for worshiping and the sacrifice's known as the korbanot. Sadly I only got to see the pictures and read about the history of this holy place because it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586BC.

Almost at the end of my journey and I have finally reached some points of interest that I am most familiar with, the Christian architectural and sacred sites. I started my journey in Rome, Italy where I visited the Vatican. The Vatican is a state in and of itself, but the building is magnificent. The Catholic Church began here in 4 B.C. when St Peter's grave was constructed in the area. The area became a religious site and the church began to build around it. It eventually became the most popular Catholic religious site in the world. The Pope lives in the Vatican and it also houses the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo painted the ceiling. It is beautiful. Breathtaking. One of the most important sacred sites to the Christian religion is the tomb of Jesus Christ. Most people believe the tomb is in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the spot where Jesus Christ, the messiah, was laid to rest and later rose from the dead. Recently, the tomb, which has been sealed for almost 5 centuries, has been unsealed. The burial chamber had a limestone slab where Jesus was said to have been placed after being crucified. The burial slab itself, had not been seen since 1555 CE. It is very emotional for me to visit this area as I am a Christian believer and to walk among the area where the king of the world has walked makes me feel in awe.

My final stop is a beautiful historic village in Chefchaouen named The blue city in Morocco. This town is so beautiful full all of the little homes are colored blue and are so fun to look at many beautiful villages ...kinda reminded me of Greece. The village was surrounded by the Riff mountains and its known the shades of colors are supposed to ward off mosquitos, how cool is that! Throughout the city they were making the coolest hand crafts which were a big part of there cultural entertainment. Two days later I'm now in the most sacred place of islam called the Ka'Ba Mecca. The Ka'Ba is a shrine, built by Abraham according to the muslim traditions. This shrine was built specifically as the holy city of Islam and a very populated place where many muslims bow down to worship.

The picture of the left is The Blue City in Morocco and the Ka'Ba shrine in Saudi Arabia

Credits:

Created with images by mripp - "UNESCO World Heritage City Regensburg" • Graniers - "The Red Fort in Delhi" • kawanet - "屋上で遊ぶお坊さんたち?" • olgaberrios - "stupa" • manbartlett - "untitled image" • Herb@Victoria - "Ostia Antica" • Jorge Lascar - "The Monastery - Ad Deir" • kollynlund - "morocco blue city moroccan"

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