Religious Landscapes #TRAVELTHEWORLD


NOVEMBER 19TH, 2016 - TURKEY: I was incredibly pleased with the first religious landscape of my trip: Turkey. Turkey is an Islamic country, and has a variety of different landscapes for the religion. I visited the Grand Mosque of Bursa in Bursa, Turkey. There are 20 domes and 2 minarets. It was absolutely breathtaking and something I will definitely never forget. The architectural design of the mosque is astonishingly unique and worth the trip.

The Grand Mosque of Bursa in Bursa, Turkey

NOVEMBER 20TH, 2016 - TURKEY: The next day, I also visited the sacred site of Hierapolis, or Pamukkale in Turkish. The area seems unreal because of its terrace basins and waterfalls, therefore it gives it its name: Pamukkale, which means cotton palace. This area is significant as a result of the theories of it being the 'portal to the underworld'. The patterns, styles, designs, diversity, and the people I had seen in my trip to Turkey is without a doubt my favorite experience yet.

Hierapolis, or Pamukkale in Turkish, located in Denizli, Turkey


NOVEMBER 21ST, 2016 - ISREAL: My next stop to visit the beautiful architecture and sacred sites is Isreal. The architecture that I was most excited about seeing was the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The dome's gold exterior and blue patterns distinguish the building from other architectural structures all over the world. It is a gorgeous and elegant building that I would visit again in a heartbeat.

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Brazil

NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 - ISRAEL: The most popular sacred site in Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This site is incredibly significant for the entire country for all Christians because it is the holiest spot for both Catholics and Christians. It also marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre's gold tint and blue domes give it an ancient and royal appearance. It is definitely a must-see in someone's lifetime.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre located in Jerusalem, Turkey


NOVEMBER 21TH, 2016 - U.S.A.: I visited The Wise Temple on Plum Street. It was abnormally large, and had magnificent exterior colors unlike any other building I've seen. There was David's Star located right above the door as you are walking in. The star emphasizes the building as Jewish and that it is welcome to all Jews. The gold and red accents gives a feeling of elegance to the building and its visitors. This building is definitely a safe place for Jews and a place that they can come together.

The Wise Temple on Plum Street in Cincinnati, Ohio

NOVEMBER 22ND, 2016 - ISREAL: I took a quick visit back to Brazil, and I visited the special sacred site for Judaism. The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is a stunning sacred site for the religion because it represents the fallen Temple. The temple that used to be on the hill had been desintegrated over time, so the standing wall is a memory of the temple that was incredible sacred and significant for their religion.

The Western Wall of the Temple Mount located in Jerusalem, Brazil


NOVEMBER 23RD, 2016 - INDIA: Today, I gladly visited The Badrinath Temple in India. It was one of the most breathtaking sites I had ever seen in my entire life. In order to reach the temple, there is a road leading up to the temple which is located on the top of a hill. This architectural site is greatly important to Hinduism and its followers because of the design, color scheme, and the overall beauty of the temple.

The Badrinath Temple located in India

NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016 - INDIA: Benares is am important sacred site for the Hindu religion, and it is located on the banks of the Ganges river. This is the holiest of sacred site in the Hindu religion, therefore it has a great impact on the followers of Hinduism. This city is also called Varansi or Kasha, however, it is most commonly called Shiva. The city has over half a million idols and over 2,000 shrines, and it is also the most visited sacred site along with being one of the holy cities. When I arrived here, I was shocked at the beauty. I had never seen anything so close enough to the water that there are stairs leading down to it. The holiness of the city can be felt in the air, and I definitely recommend for you to visit.

The Benares, located on the Ganges river, in India


NOVEMBER 25TH, 2016 - INDIA: My last architectural structure visit was the Tibetan Monastery in India. The monastery is on a mountaintop, and a long trip up is necessary to reach the area. However, the views going up the mountain were gorgeous, but once you get to the top, the view is mesmerizing. The monastery itself has impressive colors, designs, and a size that you won't be able to get your eyes off. The Tibetan Monastery is a very important area for the Buddhists because of its mesmerizing beauty.

The Tibetan Monastery in India

NOVEMBER 26TH, 2016 - NEPAL: My last sacred site of the trip is a very interesting one: Lumbini, the place of Buddha's birth. It is massive, but it is very unexpected. The building is not beautiful, colorful, architecturally different like the sacred sites of the many other religions. The white and red color scheme e and not overwhelming at all. However, it plays a huge role in the Buddhist history. It is a significant area for the followers of Buddhism because it is the birthplace of their leader.

Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace, located in Nepal


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