Delving Into Religion Matthew willner

Judaism (Day 1):

The Western Wall in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Citadel (Tower of David)

Today I visited the Western Wall and the Tower of David in Jerusalem. For the Jewish faith the Western Wall is very holy. It is one of the most sacred sites that someone can pray at. The Tower of David stands at the gates of Jerusalem. It is named after King David. It is a big symbol in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Islam (Day 2):

Dome of the Rock
Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are very prominent and sacred mosques in Jerusalem. They are considered to be some of the most holy sites in Islam. The Dome of the Rock was built in the 7th century and is located on the Temple Mount. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the 3rd most sacred site in Islam.

Christianity: (Day 3)

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Nativity Scene

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Church of the Nativity are both very important and sacred sites for Christians. The Church of the Nativity is in Bethlehem and marks the spot where Jesus was born. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in Jerusalem and is important because it is the spot where Jesus was Crucified and died on the cross.

Buddhism: (Day 4)

Bodh Gaya
Kushinagar

Today I visited two sacred Buddhist sites in India. The first stop was at the Bodh Gaya. This is said to be the place where Buddha was enlightened about the truth. The next stop was the Kushinagar. This is where the Buddha died and experienced Parinirvana which is when someone who has lived a good life and has been able to reach a state of Nirvana.

Hinduism: (Day 5)

Puri
Varanasi

Puri and Varanasi are very sacred in Hinduism. Puri is an ancient city and dates back over 10 centuries BC. It is home of many very sacred temples. Varanasi is the holiest site of Hinduism in India. It is even older than Puri and is said to be a site blessed by the gods. Many religious festivals occur is Varanasi.

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