Religious Landscapes The power of religion on LANDSCAPES By Nathan Moonesinghe

On August 20, I traveled to Kedarnath, India to commence the start of my journeys. Here, I saw the Kedarnath temple, which was located in the Himalayas. The weather was very cold and the elevation was pretty high. The temple looked over a thousand years old, and had huge stone slabs that overlapped a large rectangular platform. I found out that the importance of this temple is that it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, which are the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. These shrines are said to be able to relieve your sins and give supreme knowledge, which is why the shrine was so crowded.

This is the Kedarnath temple, in Kedarnath, India. This is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas temples that are dedicated to the Hindu religion.

On September 7, I traveled to Nepal, to see a Buddhist temple. I went to Lumbini, which is where the Buddha was born, and therefore considered one of the most holy places in the world. Lumbini is located at the foot of the Himalayas in Nepal. Lumbini consisted of a few different buildings. Outside of the main building were a few brick structures that were assorted in a cross-system. The main building was made out of sandstone, and was very beautiful.

This photo is of Lumbini in Nepal

On September 20, I traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to see the Masjid al Haram mosque, where muslims are obligated to make a pilgrimage to. Also, it is known as the holiest place of the Islam religion and the largest mosque in the world. The holy mosque architecture style is Islamic, which consists of domes and tall spires.

This picture is of the Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia.

On October 5, I went to Jerusalem to see the western wall. This wall is considered the most holy place and why it is the holiest place for Jews to pray. The wall is made out of ancient limestone and 1,066 feet long. with black markings and a tan like color. I was surprised to see so many people in one place!

This is the western wall in Jerusalem

On October 20, I went the Holy Sepulchre, which was also located in Jerusalem. This very intricate building was huge! It looked like it was made out of limestone, and had a blueish roof. I later found out it was made out of Romanesque and Baroque architecture. This place was said to be the place of Jesus's tomb, and where he was crucified and buried.

This photo is of the church of the holy sepulchre

Credits:

Created with images by TravelingShapy - "temple" • varunshiv - "Ukhimath Temple" • taylorandayumi - "Lumbini" • Basheer Olakara - "Masjid Al Haram" • israeltourism - "Dome of the Rock and Western Wall" • Chadica - "View of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre"

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