Hello, my name is Paul Boris, and I am blogging about all the religious places I went to and their significance. I will be travelling to visit sacred places for each of the five main world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. I will start on 12/9/16
12/9/16 First, I traveled to the Vatican city by taking a 14-hour long flight to Rome and a small 17 minute journey to the Vatican. The Vatican is known as the home of the pope and is the world's smallest independent-nation/state. I got to see buildings and gardens that were centuries old. I also saw the Vatican Necropolis, where St. Peter and other Christians were buried. I also visited the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's famous painting of the outstretched hand of God was made. The Sistine chapel is held up by many stone pillar rows.
12/11/16 At 6:00 a.m.,I traveled to Jerusalem by taking another 3 hour and 30 minute flight. I went to check out it's Jewish side. I visited the Western Wall, which is considered the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray. It was only one side of the wall that was left standing by the Romans. I also visited The old city, with places like the Hurva synagogue and the second temple, and has homes made of stone.
12/12/16 I traveled to Mecca to learn more about Islam. I visited The Dome of the Rock, a shrine in The Old City. It was built on where once stood Herod's Temple, destroyed in 70 C.E. I also visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It was originally a small prayer house but was expanded later on. Islamic tradition says that Muhammad led prayers toward it's site until the seventeenth month after their emigration from Mecca.
12/14/16 I left Mecca at 7:00 a.m., to take a 4 hour and 47 minute flight to India, where I came to learn about Hinduism. India is considered the "birthplace of Hinduism" with 80% of the population being Hindu. First, I visited the Vaishno Devi Shrine, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Vaishno. India also has many temples, I visited one called the Ranganathaswamy Temple, built for the god Ranganatha.
12/15/16 I left India at 6:30 A.M., to fly for 1 hour and 35 minutes to Nepal, To learn more about Buddhism. I first visited the ancient Maya Devi Temple, known to be the "birthplace of Buddhism". I also visited the Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. A stupa is a dome-shaped structure erected as a Buddhist shrine. It was said to be built right after the death of Lord Buddha.