Veneziano and I visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, is said to be over the tomb of Jesus Christ. We visited during the 'Holy Fire' ceremony, which is really a impressionante and beeindruckende site. During the 'Holy Fire' a blue flame arises within Jesus' tomb, forming a column of fire, candles surrounding the fire are then lit themselves. Pilgrims say the Holy fire doesn't hurt or burn them, but Veneziano and I didn't test to see if it was true or not.
Veneziano dragged his brother, Romano, with us to see the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem said to be over the birth place of Jesus Christ. This active place in Palestine has a Romanesque architecture style which was completed around the year 565. Romano refused to take pictures, so we settled for this postcard above.
After that, we saw The Himalayan Kingdom in Nepal. This wonderful, sacred site is said to be the birth place of Buddha. This place is a place you could visit for a short time or a little time. The terrain goes from sea level to Mt. Everest, but we didn't have time to see it all. When we took a lunch break we cheap and delicious food.
Next we went to the Wat Phrathat Doi Tung, in Thailand. This great piece of architecture was originally created in the reign of Phrachao Uchutarat, a King of the Singhanawat Royal Family. This is where the first signs of Buddhism was believed to be established in this country. It was amazing to see all 150 relics of the Buddha gifted to King Mangrai, who was the 4th king.
Following the momentum of the previous site, we visited the holy River, Tirtha. Tirtha directly translates to "River Ford". Romano fell in the river, but since it's used to wash away sin it was fine. Pilgrims usually bathe in the waters, then go to temples to make offerings to appease a deity. After they carry out a rite and their names will be recorded in the Priest's book.
After we visited Varanasi, which is one of the oldest cities. In it, Mandir, the Golden Temple, is here; The Temple was destroyed, but rebuilt at a later date. One of this cities claim to fame is its cremation ghats. Families come from all over to have their (dead) loved one burnt.
Later, we went to the Temple Mount. The Temple mount is the holiest site in the Jewish religion. As a added note, the Israelis and Palestinians are currently fighting over this area and claiming that the other is "contaminating" their holy place. When we were there we didn't encounter any violence, but Veneziano did drop, and nearly broke, his camera.
The next day we visited The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. Jews come to place prayer notes in the wall. We tried putting prayer notes in the ourselves, but it was a struggle to place the note in. The wall is what remains of Jerusalem's second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Veneziano loves Roman history, so he knew all about what happened during this time. This wall was much taller than the Berlin Wall.
We visited, the holiest city in Islam, Mecca. Since we came on the eighth day of the last month of the Islamic calendar people asked if we were performing the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca. Apparently every grown Muslim must perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime. Since performing Hajj seemed complex when we googled it, we just watched from afar.
After we went to Agra Fort, which is 2.5 km away from the Taj Mahal. This piece of architecture was so beautiful that I used up the rest of my space on my phone just to take pictures of it. Romano was excited to hear the this place was very important in the Sherlock Holmes book, The Sign of the Four. This place was built by Akbar and, from what the tour guide said, was military strategic point and royal residence. Agra was especially important after certain events in 1526. We would, of course, know more about these "certain events" if Veneziano hadn't been flirting with the tour guide the whole time. From what we did hear, only a few of nearly 500 Akbari buildings survived through the years.