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This is the Hindu temple Sri Ranganathaswamy.

Over the summer I had the chance to go visit different churches and temples all around the world. I decided to go visit India and I was astoninished when I visited the Hindu temple Sri Ranganathaswamy. I leaned that this temple was dedicated to Lord Ranganatha and was considered to be a holy worship site in honor of him. It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the Hindu temples. I noticed this temple had lots of detail put into it and it was made in similar colors. The architecture was amazing to see in person and I couldn't believe what I saw.

This is the Meenaksi Temple located in India.

During my trip in India I also had to take a look at the Meenaksi Temple. I learned that this Hindu temple is one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest. There are over 33,000 sculptures made on this temple. What I found most interesting about this temple was that this temple won the coveted place of honor as one of the Seven Wonders of India for its architectural importance. I saw and noticed that this temples architecture has variety of bright colors and statues. The importance to this temple is that its dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi and that the temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city.

This is the Shwedagon Pagoda.

I also decided to make a stop at Burma where I visited the Schwedagon Pagoda. I thought it was amazing to see this golden temple with my own eyes. I knew this place was important because it is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda is also covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa with 4531 diamonds also implanted in them to give the temple a unique and beautiful architecture. I thought is was amazing that this very temple is made entirely out of gold by monks that were devoted to making this temple in honor of Buddha.

This is the Borobudur temple.

After I traveled to Burma I couldn't wait to arrive in Indonesia and take a look at the Borobudur temple. It wasn't a surprise when I heard that the Borobudur temple is the biggest and one of the oldest Buddhist temples on Earth. It was abandoned in the 14th century for reasons we still don't know today. The architecture of this 3 story temple was made of around two million accent bricks. I couldn't help, but noticing how massive this temple is compared to other buddhist temples I have seen in the past. This temple is mainly important due to its age and its beauty.

This is the Dome of the Rock

Midway through my trip I arrived in Jerusalem and I thought it would be pretty cool to go to the Dome of the Rock. This Muslim Shrine is known to be one of the oldest shrines to first use Islamic architecture. The architecture and mosaics were patterned after nearby Byzantine churches and palaces. I noticed myself that there were lots of cultural patterns all around the shrine. This shrine is important because it is known here that this is the same temple that the prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven.

This is the Al-Masjid al-Haram.

While I was traveling around the Middle East area I decided to take a stop at Saudi-Ariabia. I then went to the Al-Masjid al-Haram. I saw hundreds maybe thousands of Muslims all gathered up to worship. The architecture there obviously Islamic architecture, but it was crazy how the building was enlarged and embellished: the outer walls were raised, the ceiling was covered with teak and the capitals were painted in gold. This Mosque is the most important mosque in the Islamic religion. Each muslim is due to go on their own journey and arrive at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (also known as the holy temple) and worship allah all day. Each muslim is required to have this journey at least once in his or her lifetime.

This is the New Synagogue.

After staying in the Middle East for a while I thought it would be nice to go to Europe in Berlin, Germany and gaze at the New Synagogue. This synagogue has a Moorish Revival architectural style and is made of mostly brick and cement. I noticed that this synagogue has much different and unique design compared to other religious sites such as Hindu and Muslim sites. I learned that this synagogue is important because it is possible one of the biggest landmarks for Jewish culture and is also known for its outstanding Holocaust memorial.

This is the Congregation Sheath.

After being in Germany for a while, I assumed it would be a good time to go back home to America and visit the Congregation Sheath in New York. What closely noticing after looking at this Sheath was that the design looked much different and didn't have lots of statues around it like a lot of the common ones found in Asia. The sheath has an Neoclassical architecture style which basically means the style is simple and not too over the top. I found out that the Congregation Sheath is important because is the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. I also thought it was cool that this sheath was also called The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.

This is a model of Bethlehem during Jesus' birth.

After I visited all these temples, shrines, and synagogues I thought for a change I could visit a city of religious importance so I went to Bethlehem in Palestine. I saw that this city was actually very small at the time of its importance, but is known to be one of the most important towns in Christianity. For back then its architecture contained mostly just small wooden houses or farms that were all clustered together. The importance of this city was that it was the same town Jesus was born in. In Bethlehem Mary gave birth to the son of God.

This is Jerusalem.

I later on decided to go back to the middle east and go to the city of Jerusalem. I noticed there were lots of Christians around this area, but also some muslims and Jews. The architecture in Jerusalem is mostly made of stone including buildings, churches, and homes. This city is important because it is where Jesus was crucified. Christians believe that when Jesus died on the cross, he died for our sins so we could get to heaven through him.


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