My first stop on day 1 was the Hinduism Shiva Temple. I had always wanted to go to Indonesia and visit here because, I had heard such great things from friends. So, the Shiva temple is the main shrine of Prambanan and the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It is a very open symmetry driven structure and has many variations. It is a square grid of Padas and depicts perfect geometric circles and squares. The sacred sight I visited, was located inside the garbhagriha of the Shiva Temple and is called Shiva Mahadeva. It is a beatiful statue mostly, known for the third eye in the middle of his forehead, the serpent around his neck, and the adorning crescent moon. It is a worship sight for the Hindu's. I learned so much from this experience and would totally come back if I got the chance, and would visit some more sights. I would really recommend this!
On day 2, I traveled to Borobudar which is on the Indonesian island of Java, 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta. The Borobudur is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple in the world and I had seen some great reviews from people who had been. The Borobudur was built over a period of some 75 years in the 8th and 9th centuries by the kingdom of Sailendra, out of an estimated 2 million blocks of stone. It was abandoned in the 14th century for reasons that still remain a mystery and for centuries lay hidden in the jungle under layers of volcanic ash. It was such a cool temple and had extremely beautiful architecture. You should totally take your family and check it out if your into exploring different religions. The sacred sights I chose to visit, was called the Bodhi Tree and it was known to bring extreme enlightenment to everyone who visited it. It was a very large and old fig tree located in Bodh Gaya and many buddist people went to pray and worship their god(s) there.
On day 3, I traveled to the city of Jerusalem. I had heard there was a lot of sight seeing there and it really peeked my interest. The Temple in Jerusalem or Holy Temple was a series of structures which were located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, the current site of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. These successive temple stood at this location and functioned as a site of ancient Israelite and later Jewish worship. This was very architectural for the Jews and a place of worship. They were all made out of stone and extremely beautiful temples. I would totally go back and recommend it! The sacred sight I chose to visit for Judaism is called the Western Wall. It located at the foot of the western side of Temple Mount. It is significant because, it is the only remaining wall of The Second Temple, which was built on the site of Solomon's Temple. In ancient times the wall was the center of Jewish life, and still to this day it is considered a holy sight for Jews. It is a large rectangular structure topped by a huge flat platform and mostly made out of stone. These places were so fun to visit and you all should really check them out.
On day 4, I stayed in Jerusalem and went to the Golgotha, sometimes called Calvary Hill. It is outside of ancient Jerusalem’s early 1st century wall that contains the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of All Nations. This was a very architectural place of worship for the Christians, because they could go to this "hill" and chose any one of the churches located on it to pray and worship their father. The sacred sight I visited was also located on the Calvary Hill and it was called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church contains the 2 most holiest sights in all Christianity and it is the sight where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. It is made out of stone and wood and was demolished in 1009 but rebuilt in 1048. I had always wanted to go and I'm so glad I finally got the opportunity.
On day 5, I traveled to Saudia Arabia to the most sacred place in all of Islam. It is called the Ka'ba in Mecca and its a shrine, built by Abraham according to Muslim tradition, around a black stone. The Prophet Muhammad specifically designated Mecca as the holy city of Islam and the direction in which all Muslims should offer their prayers. This had a lot of architectural importance for the Muslims. The sacred sight I visited was called The Prophets Mosque, also referred to as the noble sanctuary. It is located in Jerusalem and the third holiest sight in all of Islam. It is believed that one prayer in the mosque is equivalent to one thousand prayers. The mosque was extremely beautiful and a very sacred sight, but not as architectural as the Ka'ba in Mecca. The 5 days of my trip has included so much traveling and I'm so ready to be home, but I'm so happy I got to go out and explore different religions and their architectural and sacred sights! I recommend them all.