Religions Around the World A tour of RELIGIOUS landscapes By: Madison burke

December 11, 2016 - Today I went to Madurai, India and visited the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which is one of the most important Indian Hindu temples. This temple is dedicated to Sundareswar and Meenakshi which has fourteen incredible towers including two golden Gopurams for the major gods that are well sculptured and painted.

Left- This is a close up picture of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Top Right- This is a picture of Sundareswar, one of the many gods in hinduism. Bottom Right- This is a picture of a map of India with the country that Meenakshi is which is Madurai.

December 15, 2016- After a long and amazing four days in Madurai, India, I went to Yangon, Burma and came across the Shewdagon Pagoda. This is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Burma and was first built by the Mon sometime between the sixth and tenth century AD. The temple complex is full of glittering, colorful strips, but the most attracted part of it was the 99 meter high main stupa that is completely covered in gold.

Right- This is a sculpture of Mon who was known to have built the Shewdagon Pagoda. Middle- This is a picture of a map showing where Yangon, Burma is located. Left- This is a picture of the Shewdagon Pagoda temple itself.

December 20, 2016 - After an amazing visit to Yangon, I then traveled to Rome, Italy and saw a Christian sacred site called San Marco. This was built for St. Mark, the Evangelist whose remains are under its main Altar. Its raised sanctuary shows its ancient basilica design. The inside of San Marco has elements of early Christian architecture because of its wooden ceiling and apse mosaics.

This is a picture of the famous architecture San Marco

This is a picture of a map showing Rome which is where San Marco is located.

This is a picture of Saint Mark whose remains are under the San Marco.

December 26, 2016 - I learned so much about San Marco and i would love to visit there again. I am currently in Jerusalem, Israel and I have seen The Western Wall which is also known as the "Wailing wall" because other nations see Jews cry and pray to the wall. It is part of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the Temples stood for more then 1000 years. It is Israel's most popular tour attraction ever.

Top Right- This picture shows a map showing where Jerusalem is located. Top Left- This is a picture of a bunch of tourists looking at the Western Wall. Bottom- This is a picture of the temple Mount that connects to the Western Wall.

January 2, 2017- Happy New Year everyone!! Spending New Years in Israel was amazing. I decided to make one last stop and that was to Damascus, Syria. The Great Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered to be by some Muslims the fourth holiest place in Islam. The mosque was built on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist. This mosque contains the tomb of Saladin which stands in a small garden joined with the north wall of the mosque.

Top Right- This is a picture of a map of Syria and the red dot represents Damascus which is where Umayyad Mosque is located. Top Left- This is a picture of the Great Mosque of Damascus. Bottom- This is a picture of John the baptist which the Mosque dedicates it to him.

Credits:

Created with images by Kenneth Moore Photography - "Yonghe Temple" • Arian Zwegers - "Madurai, Sri Meenakshi Temple, southern gopuram, detail"

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