Religions Around the World maddie's journey around the world

This is 3 Muslim men staring down on their Holy sight, The Mecca. It is a very large scale area where millions of Muslims travel every year to respect their religion. This will represent architecture.
This is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jeruselum. This will represnt a sacred sight.

Today, on day one of my religion trip, I visited the Mecca, in Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. It was so interesting. At one AM, my party arrived in the main city, eating lunch at a traditional Muslim restaurant. Muslims are restricted from lots of foods so we ate a traditional meal. After lunch is when the real action started. We caught a cab to go to our destination. On the way there, we got to know the driver and learned about his family and what he thinks about his home country. He told us that he wished honor killings would stop but loves the atmosphere around the cities and the people. Once to the Mecca, we said goodbye to him and started to make our way. After looking around for a few hours, the experience can only be described as beautiful. The architecture was complex and the importance it held to the people was very obvious. The Mecca was a very important day of the trip, as it informed us even more about the religion known as Islam. It was huge, with people praying all around us. It resembled that of a football stadium, but more sacred to the people there because of religious reasons. A large box stood in the middle of everyone, what they prayed around. Because of it's vastness, Muslims hold it very sacred. Next up in the trip we visted the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where we got to experience the true beauty of Islamic archetecture. It is the third holiest site in Sunni Islam and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. There is speculation that there remains structure parts from The Church Of The Lady nearby, and possible evidence that substructures on the southeast corners of the mosque are remains of the church.

This is an image of The Western Wall, in Jeruselem, Isreal. This is the most popular place for Jewish people to visit and pray by.
This is the Ark, in which holy scrolls are kept. It is kept in Jeruselum. This will be for archetecture.

One of my favorite days (the second day) spent was when I visited the Western Wall in Israel. Being a Christian who supports Jews, it was a very neat experience. The Western Wall is the holiest place Jews are permitted to pray at. Millions of Jewish people a year make the journey to just touch the wall, due to it's significance to them. It is so importance because of it's relation to the Temple Mount, a Muslim sight also in Jerusalem. I saw thousands of Jews lined along the wall, praying and putting slips of paper in the cracks of the wall. It shares the same city as the previous Muslim mosque, so it holds sacredness to both Muslims and Jews. Next up is The Holy Ark, located in a synagogue in Israel. Though just a structure, it contains expert craftsman and really represented the Jewish culture through building. It is covered in the Jewish language, Hebrew, and is painted with excentric colors to make it stand out. The Torah Ark has been constructed for hundreds of years and posesses ancient archetecture style.

This is St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. It is a large catholic church in the heart of a Russian city. This will be representing architecture.
For the second structure, we visited the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, located in further into Russia. This will be representing the sacredness for Catholics.

After arriving to the St. Basil's cathedral I really gained more appreciation for Russia and the beautiful buildings there. Speaking of the architecture, the Cathedral has cone-shaped tops due to the snowy winters of Moscow. These help for snow to slide off the roof during winter time. The bright, exuberant colors on each cone represent the middle age building style along with the culture and rituals of the Soviet Union. It was started and renovated by Ivan the Terrible. Many visitors, including me, explain just how beautiful this experience is. The inside walls are lined with eccentric paintings very sacred to the Catholics, bringing me to my next point. Next in our trip we visited the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. This is one of the most important churches in the Moscow area because of it's history. It was started well before 1860, which is when scaffolding was removed for rennovation. This leads us to examin why this building is so important. Because of its long history of having mass, many find it extremely important to the Catholic branch of Christianity because of the deep roots it has. It was founded in 1561 and has been up and running ever since. Catholics and Jews alike, because of it's Orthodox roots in the church, make their way here if they cant make it to the Western Wall, in Israel

This is an above head image of the Haeinsa Budist Temple in the South Gyeongsang Province South Korea. This will represent sacredness.
This is Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodhgaya, India. This will represent archcetecture.

On our 4th day of traveling, arrived in South Korea for the beautiful, peaceful site of the Haeinsa Montesseri. This is nestled high on a mountain rage and is host to many tourists and people who practice Buddhism. It was started/renovated in the 10th century, making it hold great importance to people of the buddhist religion. This is preferrably the greatest reason why people always visit this temple. Citizens who practice Buddhism experience greater respect toward the religion when seeing one of it's oldest structures. The second place we visited that day was the Mahabodhi Montesorri. And man oh man was it awesome. This temple has existed since 260 BCE. Because of it's age, it has a very unusual building style. It was made by Emperor Ashoka in 260 BCE and was constructed with with extremely high stone walls that took our breath away.

This is a picture my crew took of two Hindus that were experiencing this famous Jagannath Temple, in Puri. This will represent Sacredness.
This is the Meenakshi Hindi Temple in Tamil Nadu, India. This will represent building style.

On our final day of the trip, we visited places related to the Hindu religion. First, we caught a cab to drive us to the Jagannath Temple. Though not Hindu, the second I stepped out of the car, I felt that this held great importance to the people there. This is because of its long history with Hindus. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple deities are hauled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Since medieval times, it is also associated with intense religious fervour. At nightfall, after attending this temple, my crew and I headed off to the Meenakshi Temple, which I have to say is one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple. It was on the list of top 30 nominees for the "New Seven Wonders of the World". The temple is the most prominent landmark and most visited tourist attraction in the city, and I for sure know my party had an awesome time. When I walked up to it, we saw extremely tall risers, almost as if we were in an ancient New York. It tought me about the very creative thinkers in Hinduism.

Credits:

Created with images by u07ch - "Wailing Wall / Western Wall" • GLady - "view mountains sky" • Kristoffer Trolle - "Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel" • BRBurton23 - "western wall israel prayer" • Chadica - "The ark in Caro Synagogue" • falco - "kremlin moscow russia" • flowcomm - "Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia" • Tim Brown Architecture - "Haeinsa" • Matt Stabile - "Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Bodhgaya" • Bhakua - "Rear gate-Jagannath Temple, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad" • col.hou - "Meenakshi temple"

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