Exploring Earth Religous Research

Day 1: Hinduism


Angkor Wat is a well-known Hindu temple located in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. This Hindu sacred site is known as the largest religious structure in the world. The temple was dedicated to a Hindu god named Vishnu, one of the three principle gods in the Hindu pantheon. As for architecture, Angkor wat is rich in details every way. The five stone towers as seen in the pictures below represent the five mountain ranges of Mt. Meru, which is home to the gods of this religion. Also, the floor plan of the building itself is supposed to resemble a mandala so that it is in harmony with the universe.

All three photos are of the Hindu temple Angkor Wat located in Krong Siem reap, Cambodia.

Day 2: Buddhism


Todaiji temple, also known as "Great Eastern Temple" is a religious structure and sacred site located in Nara, Japan. This Buddhist temple is the largest wooden structure in the world and is home to a huge statue of Rushana Butsu. This buddhist temple displays parts of traditional Buddhist and Japanese architecture. The slopping roofs and base columns are just two examples of buddhist temple architecture shown in this immense structure.

The three pictures are all of the massive Todaiji temple in Japan with tourists swarming the courtyard.

Day 3: Judaism

Hurva Synagogue

The Hurva Synagogue is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and was opened in 2010 after being reconstructed twice. Although the architectural and interior designs of Judaism synagogues vary greatly, there are still some similar characteristics between the religious structures. The Hurva synagogue sacred site has the Jewish architectural features such as the dome and the ark as seen in the pictures below. The ark is also known as Aron Kodesh and is an ornamental closet that holds Torah scrolls.

These three photos show the massive dome structure of the Jewish Hurva Synagogue.

Day 4: Christianity

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peters Basilica is a building located in Vatican City, a country in the middle of Rome. This religious architectural building is a trademark for the Christian religion. Filled with lavish paintings and architecture by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This building is one of the largest churches in the world. This church is a staple of Christian architecture containing a basilica, a bema, an atrium, and a mausoleum.

The top left photo is a church in the building, the top right is a picture of the numerous paintings in the building, and the bottom is a picture of the massive building itself, St. Peter's Basilica.

Day 5: Islam

Masjid al-Haram

Mecca is a city in Saudi Arabia that is home to the sacred structure, Masjid Al-Haram. This religious structure is located in Islam's holiest city that was the birthplace of the the religoion itself and the prophet Muhammed. The cube-like structure in the center of the structure is called the Kaaba which is Islam's most sacred shine. The architecture of the Masjid Al-Haram represents a traditional Islam mosque which consists of domes as seen in the bottom picture and vaulted corridors.

These are a collection of pictures in the city of Mecca at the central Masjid al-Haram. Muslims are surrounded this sacred site to complete one of their five pillars.


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