November 25, 2016
I've never seen anything so beautiful and fascinating in my life! I was just outside the Masjid al-Haram in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Because it wasn't Hajj (A day where Muslims from all over the world got to Mecca to visit Masjid al-Haram. From what the locals told me, all Muslims are required to go to Mecca at least one time in their life) It wasn't as pack as the pictures showed it to be. I was told that it could hold about 820,000 worshippers at a time. I also heard that before Muslims could go to this Mosque, that had to try to seek forgiveness, discharge all debts, and seek good relations with anyone they know in order to be cleansed of their sins. It was over 350,00 square feet and had these huge pillars towering over it. It is very open to the outside and has arches and pillars everywhere and also there is no ceiling. There is a black stone cube in the middle called the Kaaba, which is supposed to be placed by Abraham and Ishmael to show their servitude to God. Islam is such a beautiful religion!
November 28, 2016
You wouldn't even believe where I just was! I was in the city of Jerusalem, Israel visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre! It was INCREDIABLE! Apparently, the Church contains to of the most holiest sites of Christianity; the site where Jesus was crucified, and Jesus's tomb, where he was buried and resurrected from the dead by God. This makes it a very important place for Christians alike. The Church itself was made from a light, yellow like stone and had two light blue domes on top of it. On one of those domes, there is a beautiful golden cross. Inside it, thought, is even more enchanting. The floors are completely polished and there is stained glass, paintings, and sculptures depicting Jesus, angles, and other holy figures. The beauty of the architecture is mind-blowing! I can't wait for the next sacred site!
December 1, 2016
I still haven't left the city of Jerusalem in Israel (there are just so many religious sites here) but I've just went to The Temple Mount. Now this is a very holy place, for it is important to many religious such as Islam and Christianity, but most importantly for Judaism. It is said to be the location of the First Temple, built by King Solomon to house the Ark of the Covenant (Like the one in the first Indian Jones). And also, the foundation stone under the golden dome was where earth was first created. Amazing, huh. It is also a beautiful building. It has blue, green, and yellow looking tiles placed in patterns on the outside of it with a giant dome on top of it. There is also no buildings surrounding it, making it completed isolated from everything else. It's defiantly hard to miss, that's for sure.
December 5, 2016
Okay, you aren't going to believe me, but I'm in India! I'm in the city of Sarnath visiting Dhamekh Stupa, a very sacred place if you are a Budapest. According to the locals, it's where Lord Buddha made his first sermon and even contains some of his ashes. It is considered "the seat of the holy Buddha". Many Budapest from other countries come here to worship the Buddha. It's way bigger than I thought it was going to be (34 feet high!) Its a cylinder looking building with carvings of florals, birds, and humans on the bottom part in stone and is about 28 feet wide in diameter. It is definitely older than any religious site I've been to already (Probably because Buddhism is the oldest religion). It is amazing how simple yet beautiful the Dhamekh Stupa is compared to the equally as beautiful and eye catching temples and buildings I've already seen on my adventure.
December 10, 2016
I was at my last religious site in a city in India called Ujjain. I just came from the Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, important to the religion Hinduism. It is one of the most famous Hindu temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingams (Jyotirlingams are suppose to be adobes dedicated to Lord Shiva himself). The first three levels of this temple are open and have many stone pillars that are sculpted beautifully. And it has a dome looking ceiling on top, but besides circular it is almost triangular, like and upside down ice-cream cone. On the top of this ceiling there is a red-orange flag on top. It is very different from the other places I have visited.