Religious Architecture Tour Religious and cultural landscape #senseofplace

HI, my name is Alex Chiaro. Ever since I was a small boy, I wanted to travel the world, and explore the architecture of different cultures. College was not allowing me to travel, so once I finished, I started to save money so that I can begin my adventure! I funded money to do my research and people donated money to me throughout social media. I started the hashtag,"#SENSEOFPLACE". I did my research and the estimated time this trip will take is about a week. Tomorrow, the 23 of December, I am traveling to India!

Today is the 23rd of December, and I woke up earlier than I should have just because i was too excited for my trip. I think that I would get homesick but in the end I'll be alright. my flight left at 5:00 in the morning. I got a good view of the sun rise. This is an 18 hour flight! I can't wait until I arrive at my hotel.

India: Hinduism

Here is my hotel! I really love the amount of nature that is provided by the environment. It is the 24th, Christmas Eve, and I woke up off schedule because of my flight schedule, but I am fully rested.

Today, I am going to travel with a Tour Guide called, Arjun Sivakumar. He is going to introduce me to the Kailash Temple at Elloral. this is a sacred site in India that represents the many different cultures and religions found in India. Arjun tells me that this place is very sacred and important to the Hindi people. I took this picture because the architecture and the detail placed in the temple is so precious that it brought my attention. Arjun has told me that the carving provided in this temple is to detailed and hard to make that the foreigners started a rumor saying that this temple, was designed and made with alien technology. in the Hindi religion, they believe in many gods, one of them is called, Brahma. Brahma is known as, "The creator".

Indian food that Arjun made me try!

It is Christmas Day, the 25th of December, and I am scheduled to say in India for the rest of the day until i go back to the airport. So, I asked Arjun to take me to an Indian restaurant outside of the hotel to try something new, he gave me this. to me it was very hard to fit in with everybody else because they ate differently and ate different food; all of them were staring at me with a confused face. After I finished my food, we headed back to the hotel. Once I got there, I decided to start working on my blog. The next day, I was feeling a little sick, I don't know if it was because I was homesick, or because of the food I ate yesterday...

I arrived to the Chinese airport

Well...yesterday was my last day in India. I was glad that I meet Arjun Sivakumar, and got to go visit many religious, and sacred sites. I hope that I can find a good tourist guide in China like I did here because it is a great stop, China!!!

China: Bud-ism

Welcome to China! Today it is the 26th of December... and right now my computer barely as any battery and I can not find an outlet to go charge my laptop...Luckily, I have found a website that allows me to look at many tourist guides based on my location. I found a man called Ruikun Liang Xu. on this website he had a total of a 4.8/5 star rating so i think that he will do an amazing job.

This is the picture of Ruikun Liang Xu that I found on the website... I'll say that he looks pretty happy!

My guide, Ruikun Liang Xu picked me up from the airport and took me to the hotel. This time, the hotel was much more luxurious and touristic than the one in India. I was wondering about my planned trip, so I managed to ask Ruikun Liang Xu what we were going to do tomorrow. He told me that me and the rest of the group were going to eat breakfast and travel to Buddhist temple. I was shocked with his response because I thought that I had signed up for something solo, not in a group, but there is nothing that I can do now...

Image of my group of tourist

It is the 27th and I ate my breakfast with the rest of my group. I was served a bowl of Asian soup, and I ordered a glass of orange juice as a side. When we finished our food, we grabbed our bags and started to walk towards the temple that Ruikun Liang Xu was going to show us. While we were walking to the temple, I managed to take this photograph of the rest of my group. our tour guide is behind me, so he does not appear in the image...I first thought that my group were locals, until I heard them speak in English. I was shocked! I asked them where they were from, and they all said that they were born here and moved to the United States of America at a very young age. they all already knew each other, and they were all second cousins.

Temples and Practices that we got to see

We finally got there and I was amazed by the detail and architecture that was applied to the temples. in total we managed to visit three. we only got to see a practice in one of the temples because they let us in, while in the other two, they did not let us pass while they were practicing their religion. Ruikun Liang Xu told us about the origin of bud-ism, he said that in the Himalayas where Nepal is now, there is a sacred site there called, Lumbini. Lumbini is important because that is where the Buddha was born.

my trip is almost over so i have to get going to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

I got here, it is very hot outside. I decided not to hire a tourist guide because I need the money, and it would take longer to travel like that, and I only have a couple more days until I have to travel back home.

Jewish synagogues, AKA: jewish temple or church

once, I landed to Jerusalem, it was the 28th of December. I traveled to Hebron because it is not that far away. First, I went to this synagogue, and learned that the jewish practice a lot about moral behavior. I did my research and learned that a man called Abraham once lived in this city. He was a very important icon for the Jewish. Another important icon was King David. King David once came to jerusalem and thousands of jewish followed him so stay near him because he was very important. I also noticed that the architecture in these types of communities are very plain, simple and made of a type of brick. It was very interesting to see all of the practices and buildings, but now i have to go back to my hotel to rest. Tomorrow I travel back to the center of jerusalem to learn about christianity and islam.

Stained glass window in a christian church

Today is the 29th, my second to last day here! I am happy to go back to the United States of America, but I will miss all of the amazing architecture and different forms of religion here...Have you noticed that in Jerusalem alone, three of the five popular religions can be found in such a small space? Okay, going back on track, today I visited this cathedral found in the city, and it is beautiful. the Architecture is far to amazing for a normal person like me. that is why they stain these windows for art and an appreciation to god. The Christians believe in the savior Jesus Christ, God's child. They believe that God sent him to save our soles and for us to be allowed to go to Heaven. For the Christian community, to them it is important to follow the five main practices, like getting baptized as a child, to the first communion, Holy orders, Penance, and the Anointing of the Sick.

My flight tomorrow leaves at 9.:15 PM local time. So, right now I am going to my hotel, pack, blog, take a shower, and rest. Tomorrow I am going to wake up early, eat breakfast, and go visit a mosque.

Islam mosque in Jerusalem

Today, is the 30th, my last day here! I can't wait until I get home and visit my family for new years, I am going to be very tired but it is worth it. I learned that the religion of Islam, person who follows or practises the religion of Islam is where the person who follows or practises the religion of Islam, a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. The architecture to this mosque in Jerusalem adds a sense of place, and it is really pretty. The practices are like the Five Pillars of Islam, Shahadah: the statement of faith, Salat: daily prayers, Zakat: charity, Sawm: fasting, Ramadan, and the Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca.

I am now going back to my hotel to pay for my stay, and I am going to start packing, and take a nap so that I have energy to pull an all nighter with my parents because of new years.

I learned that religion and architecture adds a #SENSEOFPLACE. This is important because it represents a lot of culture and shows how diverse our world really is.


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