Mosques, Temples, Churches and Synagogues

Mosques, Temples, Churches and Synagogues

religioussite12aAl-Masjid an-Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia
Home and tomb of the Prophet Muhammad, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi spreads out rather than up, allowing for a sense of openness and an interaction with nature that is central to the faith of adherents.
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religioussite12bCathedral of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
The modern design of this sweeping comes from Oscar Niemeyer who made it with the intent of two hands reaching skyward to receive divine blessings. Inside and out it is unlike any other cathedral in the world, prominently displaying the intermixing of contemporary building styles with matters of devotion.
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religioussite12cSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
One of the few mosques in the area available to non-Muslims, Ramanathaswamy boasts more than 80 of the sterling marble domes. The entire structure is interlaced with delicate floral artwork and glittering stones, but the build is only traditional on the outside. Inside is more modern, offering a seamless melding of new and old.
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religioussite12dEl Castillo, Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico
A starkly symbolic representation of the darker side of faith, El Castillo, the Mayan crown jewel of Chichén Itzá carries not only time-honored architecture, but also walls of skulls and scenes of warrior worship that marked the culture that would one day be wiped out by European invaders.
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religioussite12ePhraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand
Stunning and serene, the perfect combination of natural beauty and man-made wonder allows this humble subterranean temple to be one of the most photographed places in the world, yet pictures cannot do the gentle, natural experience justice.
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from: “21 Amazing Mosques, Temples, Churches and Synagogues”
by M. W. Byrne

more at The Coolist


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