Religion Project By: Jadyn Gaudette

First, I traveled to the Pura Tanah Lot on June 1st, and I saw the most beautiful rock formation. There was water clashing up alongside the rocks and it was so magnificent. The Tanah Lot is off the Indonesian Island of Bali. This Hindu temple is completely made out of natural weathered rock, plus the trees grown all around it. This site is very important for a few reasons: one- the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, two- it is the one of the most important sea temples, and three- It’s said that each of the sea temples was meant to be within sight of the next, so they formed a chain along Bali’s southwestern coast.

Pura Tanah Lot- Hinduism

On the same day, June 1st, I went to the Ganges river, and this is considered a sacred site for the Hindu religion. When I got there the river was surrounded with many buildings of different colors. This river is in India and is 1,569 miles in length. I got to this section of the river and took a ferry down parts of it. As I went by, I saw many people practicing their religion and it made me realize how special this place is to them. Hindus believe that bathing in her holy waters will help wash one's sins away.

Ganges River- Hinduism

The next stop on June 2nd was The Great Stupa. This structure is 46 km north-east of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh. This structure was made out of stone and the middle portion is the Buddha’s body and the top of the mound, where a pole rises from the apex surrounded by a small fence, represents his head. This stands in front of a stupa which is a dirt burial mound covered with stone. This monument represents Buddha, the path to enlightenment, a mountain and a universe all at the same time.

The Great Stupa- Buddhism

On June 2nd was the Bagmati River. This wasn't as extravagant or as large as the Ganges river, but it was super cool to see these people worshiping at this place. This river runs through the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and separates Kathmandu from Patan. This river is 371 miles long and there is nothing but grass surrounding the river. I loved the way there wasn't many people at one time so it didn't feel so jammed. This river is considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists. A number of Hindu temples are located on its banks.

The Bagmati River- Buddhism

On June 3rd I took a stop at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. I was very impressed with how large and beautiful this building was. The Al-Aqsa is a very big off-white colored worship center that was opened in 705 AD. The importance of this place is that it is one of the three most holiest sites in Jerusalem. Muslims believe that Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to Al-Aqsa during the Night Journey and that is very important in their religion.

Al Aqsa- Jerusalem

I went to the Jordan River in Asia and it was very pretty and peaceful. There was a lot of nature surrounding this river which provides private and peaceful time for Jewish people to worship. I saw many bushes and trees bordering this river and it is 156 miles long. The cultural and religious significance of the Jordan River is equal to that of its modern practical uses. In the Tanakh, the Jordan River is mentioned several times as a source of fertility for Israel. It is the place where Joshua and the tribes of Israel crossed into Jericho, and also the scene of many biblical battles.

Jordan River- Judaism

The fourth day (June 4th) I took a trip to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski. I saw a large white statue of Jesus with his hands wide. There is a church also at this important Christian site. This statue is 125 feet tall and took 9 years to be assembled. The importance of this statue is that it is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world, symbolizes Rio, and at one point was the world's tallest Art Deco statue.

Christ the Redeemer- Christianity

On June 4th I also visited the Red Sea. This is between Africa and Asia and its area is 169,113 mi² and this is not the most important place but there is some churches that lie close to this place. At first I saw the sea and from where I was it looked very dark in color and a bit scary, but I then realized this is such a pretty place once you get up close to the body of water.

Red Sea- Christianity

The last trip I took was on June 5th to the Islamic Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey. When I got there you could tell you got to your destination. There was four tall, skinny sections on the building that really stood out from any other building surrounding it. This magnificent building is represented as Gothic architecture and was build all the way back to 1209. This Mosque is also known as St. Sofia Cathedral, and it used to be a Roman Catholic cathedral that was eventually converted into a mosque, located in North Nicosia. It is the main mosque of the city.

Selimiye Mosque- Islam

On June 5th I visited the Nile River, an Islamic River. This is the longest river in the world and it is 4,258 miles long. I've always heard so much about this River, but was never able to go. This river is spread through Sudan and Egypt. When I got there there was some tall buildings and some small, but they weren't too clustered. There wasn't people just sitting there on the sides of the river praying or worshiping, but there are many mosques on the river. So the history earlier in time was that they stayed for a while at the river, during which the Nile did not flow at all, neither a little nor a lot, until they thought of leaving.

Nile River- Islam

Credits:

Created with images by estall - "temple lds salt lake city" • koyne - "Sunset di Tanah Lot" • Travelbusy.com - "Ganges River India" • Arian Zwegers - "Sanchi, Stupa 3" • anantal - "Preparation on Sundarijal: Human Chain Formation on both sides of Bagmati River, Kathmandu" • Jean & Nathalie - "Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa Mosque" • wmrice - "Jordan River" • Noel Portugal - "Statue of Christ the Redeemer" • FrankWinkler - "sunset dusk last light" • ustung - "Turkey (Edirne-Selimiye Mosque) Another view of mosque at blue hour" • watchsmart - "The Nile River"

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