On my trip to religious sights around the world I first stopped at St. Basil's cathedral. It was really cool to get to learn about the history of this place. It was built by Ivan the Terrible in honor of a military conquest. The cathedral is made up of nine chapels.The chapels are dedicated to the Protecting Veil of Mary: the Entry into Jerusalem, Saints Kiprian and Ustinia, the Holy Trinity, St. Nicholas Velikoretsky, St. Gregory of Armenia, St. Barlaam Khutynsky, St. Alexander Svirsky, and the Three Patriarchs. The ninth chapel was added in honor of Saint Basil.
The next place I went to was Tenole amount in Jerusalem. It's an important religious sight for Judaism. This is supposedly the place where God's presence is stronger than any other. He also allegedly expanded the world from here and created Adam here. It was really amazing to get to go to a place that's so significant to a different culture.
My next destination was Ayodhya, India. This is where Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, was born, according to the Hindu religion. It's regarded as one of the seven most important pilrgrimage sites. The name comes from a king in Hindu scripture that is a relative of Rama. The city was also allegedly founded by the first man, Manu.
Lumbini is a temple in Nepal that I thought might be cool to visit. It's an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It's supposed to be the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, the man who would later be known as the Gautama Buddha and go on to found Buddhism. It was really cool to learn about the origin story of a large religion and be a part of it by walking in the foot steps of the Gautama Buddha.
Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
My next stop was Kaaba in Saudi Arabia. It's considered the most sacred sight in Islam. One of the Five Pillars of Islam actually requires people to make a pilgrimage here at least once in their life. Another part of one of the Five Pilats of Islam is to walk around the building seven times in a counter-clockwise fashion. It is commonly known as the House of Allah or House of God.
Another stop I made was in Medina, Saudi Arabia this city is the burial place of the prophet Muhhamad, the man who created the Islamic religion. It's the second holiest city to Muslims, after Mecca. Medina is also home to the three oldest mosques that I got to stop by and look at. Muslims believe that the last two surahs of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad in Medina.
The next stop on my religious tour was Kushinagar, India. This is where most people believe Gautama Buddha died. A pilgrimage site and a temple were built in honor of Gautama Buddha's death. The Buddhist monks were forced to flee from the temple by the invading Muslim army in 1200 CE. It was rediscovered in the late 1800's. Since it has been rediscovered, it has become an important pilgrimage site for buddhists.
Dwarka is a Hindu sacred pilgrimage site that I decided to go to. It is comminly known as the kingdom of Krishna, the deity of love, beauty, and knowledge. The original temple dedicated to Krishna was destroyed by an Islamic Sultan. It was rebuilt back in the 16th century.
Yad Vashem is now Israel's official memorial to the victims of the holicaust. It was originally made as a safe haven to protect Jewish people from persecution. Today many people of Jewish decent visit the memorial to pay homage to their ancestors that risked their lives during the holocaust and those that lost their lives. Many world leaders have attended this memorial to show their respects as well.
Hope Fellowship Church, Frisco, Texas
On the last stop of my trip to religious sites around the world I went back to the religious site in most familiar with. This is the church that I go to every Sunday to worship God. It's a non-denominational church and I really enjoy the pastor. He finds a way to tie the Bible and Jesus into our everyday lives. It's a great church and I'm glad to have this place to follow my religion.