Monday July 11, 2016: I got to see the most beautiful works of art this morning. I walked into the Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michelangelo in the 1500's, and gasped at the beauty that was all around me. Everywhere you looked there was another painting that made you want to stop and stare for hours. The room was covered in angels and the most magnificent painting of Jesus and God. The sistine chapel is a significant site for Christians because it is where the Pope lives, and it is the first place you think of when you think about the Christian Religion.
Monday July 11, 2016: A sacred site for the Christian Religion would be The Garden Tomb located in the outskirts of Jerusalem. When I arrived at The Garden Tomb, all that I saw was the door where the rock was placed to seal the tomb, and a small window to look in through the thick wall. When you walk inside, it is very dark and damp, and to the left you can see where Jesus' casket was put. Outside of the tomb, they have showcased the massive stone that Jesus moved when he rose again. This is a big sacred site for Christians because this is where Jesus rose from the dead and forgave all of their sins. It proved that God can do the impossible.
Tuesday July 12, 2016: Today I got to visit an ancient mosque that took my breathe away. I walked into the courtyard outside the mosque, and turned a complete circle. I was shocked by the pure age and beauty of the mosque that was surrounding me. I then walked inside and looked around at the detail that was place into the inside of the mosque. The details all around me made me want to walk and gaze at the walls, floors, and chandeliers all day. This is a big architectural destination for the Islam religion because it is one of the largest and oldest mosques dating back to almost 705 AD.
Tuesday July 12, 2016: A very big sacred site in the Islam religion is Masjid al-Haram. Masjid al-Haram, otherwise known as the "The Sacred Mosque", is a large mosque located in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When I walked into the courtyard, I was stopped in my tracks. I looked around and was blown away at the sheer size and beauty of this sacred site. This mosque is highly impressive because it is the second largest mosque in Islam. This sacred site surrounds the Kaaba, which is the place where all Muslims pray towards every single day. This mosque is the second largest in Islam. It surrounds the Kaaba, the place which all Muslims turn towards each day in prayer, considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on Earth.
Wednesday July 13, 2016: I arrived a The Wise Temple on Plum Street, and immediately noticed the sheer size of the building that I was standing in front of. I looked at the outside of the building, and saw the color of the building was different from the other buildings surrounding it, and noticed the David's Star that was located above the door as you walked in. When you finally saw the inside of the temple, the first feel is the elegance that comes with the dark red and gold accents. This is an architectural site for the Jewish because it is a home for a religion that is very few and far between, and it gives these people a place where they can come together and feel welcomed.
Wednesday July 13, 2016: A sacred site for the Jewish people is the The Western Wall of the Temple Mount located in Jerusalem. This wall held the ancient temple up until it was destroyed, and the wall desintigrated after no longer being needed. When I arrived at the wall, I immediately noticed the height and size of the wall. It has been mostly knocked down, but it is still impressive when you finally get to see it in person. This is a sacred site for the Jewish because it held a sacred temple on a hill that is no longer there. When they see this wall, they can still remember the sacred temple that was so important to their religion in the past.
Thursday July 14, 2016: Today I got to see The Badrinath Temple which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Before you can even reach the temple, you have to travel up the most breathtaking road that shows you the most amazing views. Once you have arrived at the top of the hill, you see the temple that contains vibrant, beautiful colors. I wasn't allowed to go inside this temple, but it was so beautiful that I am hoping to return and go inside this temple. This is an architectural site for the Hindus because of the magnificent colors and design of the temple. While you are there, you are overtook with the overall beauty of the temple.
Thursday July 14, 2016: A sacred site in the Hindu religion is Benares which is located on the banks of the Ganges river. It is the holiest of sacred sites for the Hindu religion. This city is also known as Varanasi or Kasha, but is most commonly known as the city of Shiva. It contains over 2,000 shrines, and over half a million idols, mostly dedicated to Shiva and his family. Benares is one of the most visited sacred sites, and one of the holy cities.
Friday July 15, 2016: I got to visit the most beautiful mountain top Tibetan Monestary today. When you are traveling up the mountain to go and see the monastery, you see some amazing views that will take your breathe away. Once you finally get to the monastery, the beautiful colors, architecture, and size will make you stop in your tracks and just stare. This is an architectural destination because it is a gorgeous monastery that will take your breath away when you see it.
Friday July 15, 2016: Today, I got to visit the incredibly interesting Lumbini which is where Buddha was born. When you arrive at this massive building, you are not overwhelmed by the absolute beauty like many of the other religions. This building is very plain and simple when you first arrive. Sadly I wasn't able to go inside of this sacred building, but it was very interesting to hear about the birthplace of Buddha, which is also the person that this entire religion is centered around. Even though this building doesn't blow you away from the looks of it, it is an incredibly important place where the idol of an entire religion was born.