Sense of Place Madeline Watkins

the temple of Borabudur

Day 1: I am currently in the country of Indonesia, I went to the temple of Borobudur. it was very enjoyable and interesting, the temple was very big and it was built in the 9th century. Over 1000 years ago the builders of this temple carted two million stones from local rivers and streams and fit them together. there is no written record of who built the structure or of its intended purpose. many of the tourists seemed to be very intrigued with the temple and i had a great time.

The steps of the structure.
There are some fruit trees outside of the structure

Day 4: I am now in Shingo Japan at the tomb of Jesus. this is a very popular tourist attraction in this part of the town, there are so many people from all over the world here to see the tomb. even though this may not be the tomb in which Jesus was actually entombed, there are still many people here and the locals around here seem to believe that this is the EXACT spot.

the place where the locals believe he was entombed.
one of the temples in Mathura,India.

Day 8: I am now in the town of Mathura india, it is one of the holy towns for Hinduism and it is an interesting town. the town is right by the water and it has gondolas running through the river. the people in this town travel by bike or by foot. some of the locals own a donkey to help them carry goods to sell. this town is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem

Day 12: I am in the Old City of Jerusalem and i am here visiting Temple Mount. i have talked with the locals and they said that it is the place where God's Divine presence is manifested more than any other placeIt was from here the world expanded into its present form and where God gathered the dust used to create the first human, Adam.

this is mecca

Day 14: i am now visiting the Mecca and it is so crowded here. everybody is against eachother and we all have very little room to walk. it is a lovely structure but it is so crowded in here that i don't think i would want to come back. throughout the day it gets worse and worse no matter the temperature. the locals enjoy coming here because to them it is one of their holiest structures.

Credits:

Created with images by voxeu - "borobudur candi stupa" • VasenkaPhotography - "Java ~ Borobudur" • VasenkaPhotography - "Java ~ Borobudur" • amanderson2 - "Possible site of Jesus Tomb- Garden Tomb East Jerusalem" • DEZALB - "india mathura tomb" • gunthersimmermacher - "jerusalem gold dome" • Al Fassam - "Kaaba"

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