September 1st, 2017
I have just arrived in Varanasi, India. This city has very close ties to Hinduism, with religious temples and shrines appearing everywhere you look. I visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple dedicated to Shiva, the destroyer. It is a very large temple with gold spires and domes at the top. The designs are very intricate and detailed as well. Varanasi is a very spiritual city as a whole. It was nice seeing how different things are in other parts of the world.
September 6th, 2017
After I saw Varanasi, I went up just a short distance north to Nepal, where Lumbini lies. This is where the Buddha himself was born, and is a very sacred place to people who practice Buddhism. The Buddha was born here in 563 B.C.E., so you can tell it's pretty old! The influence that Buddhism has here is clear, from the architecture, to the clothes and the way of life and thinking. I even got to see Buddhist Monks on the hillsides. The whole town seems to be at peace with their surroundings.
September 9th, 2017
After that nice trip, I headed west via plane to Al-Masjid An-Nabawi, a mosque built by the Prophet Muhammad (also know as "The Prophet's Mosque"). Located in Medina, Saudi Arabia, this is very important to people of Islamic belief. It is the third mosque built in Islam history and is considered the second-holiest site, after the Mecca (only Muslims allowed with the city, so I couldn't travel there.) One of the main features is the Green Dome, built over Muhammad's tomb.
September 12th, 2017
Happy Birthday to me! I decided to walk on down to Palestine/Israel/Jordan (all three lay claim to Jerusalem) and visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem, which are very prominent with people who follow Christianity. Down in Bethlehem lies the Church of the Nativity, which marks the place of Jesus' birth. Built all the way back in 333 A.D., the architectural style is reminiscent of the Byzantine Empire. After visiting the church, I headed 7 kilometres north into the Holy CIty. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the main site for worship. Just by looking at these two places can give you a feeling of how long they've existed. It's amazing.
September 17th, 2017
Our last stop on this trip is the Western Wall. This wall, built in 20 B.C., is a site for Jewish people to come and pray against. It is the last remnants of the Temple Mount, built by Herod the Great. A common tradition is to put letters, notes and prayers in the cracks of the wall.