First, in Jerusalem, I went to The dome of the Rock. This is an Islamic Mosque that is pretty famous. It was opened in 691 A.D. and is very important to the Islams in Jerusalem. The cost of this holy site was about seven times the yearly tax income of Egypt.
Hagia Sophia is another Islamic Mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was restored by over 800 workers in 1847, after being built in 537 A.D. It originally served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral. Famous for the large dome, it remained the largest cathedral in the world for 1000 years.
Most Hindu temples symbolize natural landscapes, so are usually located near forests, lakes, or rivers. These temples are supposed to inspire peace at mind. This particular temple, Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar, is located in Victoria Seychelles, near the edge of the city.
This Hindu Temple, called Angkor Wat is located in Angkor, Cambodia. This is a complex of temples built in the early 12th century for the king Suryavarman II. It was dedicated to the god Vishnu.
The Haeinsa Temple, located in the Gaya Mountains in South Korea, is one of the three jewel temples of Korea, and represents Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings. The temple was built in 802, after the king ordered its construction, after his wife had been healed by monks. The temple complex was renovated in the 10th century, during 1488, 1622, and 1644.
Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple located in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, in Thailand. The temple was built sometime during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was first called the Wat Makok temple, but changed due to a change of rulers over the years.
The Grand Choral Synagogue is sometimes referred to as the St. Petersburg Synagogue, and is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Construction started in 1880, and was finished in 1888.
The Belz Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Israel. It was built in 2000 and can seat over 10,000 people. There are multiple floors and rooms that serve multiple purposes.
The Cathedral of Milan in Italy took many hundreds of years to complete, with the original groundbreaking in 1386, and finished in 1965. This massive Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world, and can seat over 40,000. There are many statues and other pieces of art that make this church what it is today.
St. Paul's Cathedral located in London England was built between 1675 and 1711 the original building was founded in A.D. 604. The Cathedral had been struck by 2 bombs during the world wars, and another which was neutralized by a group of the Royal Engineers. That bomb would have completely destroyed the cathedral had it been detonated.