Thursday, July 7, 2011

8 AMAZING PLACES OF WORSHIP

8 Amazing Places of Worship Around the World
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Shwezigon Paya Zedi
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The Shwezigon Paya (pagoda, stupa or zedi), was built during the reign of King Anawrahta (1044-1077) and is one of the Bagan area and Myanmars, most significant religious structures. Located four miles north east of Old Bagan, it served as a prototype for many later stupas built throughout Myanmar. The Shwezigon is also a major national center of worship. Pilgrims come from many parts of Myanmar for its festival held during the Burmese month of Nadaw (November/December) both because of its historic character and because of its religious significance for Burmese Buddhism. While the Shwezigon was one of the earliest symbols of the triumph of the purified Theravada Buddhism, it was also the first pagoda to allow nat images pre-Buddhist spirits who had the power to do good or evil- within its walls.

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St. Basils Cathedral
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St. Basils Cathedral on Red Square is Moscows most famous tourist attraction.It was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561. Legend has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again. (He did in fact go on to build another cathedral in Vladimir despite his ocular impediment!) The cathedral was built to commemorate Ivan the Terribles successful military campaign against the Tartar Mongols in 1552 in the besieged city of Kazan. 

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Bahai Lotus Temple, New Delhi India
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The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flower like shape, is a Bahai House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. 

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Gaudis Temple de la Sagrada Familia
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La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudis most famous works in Barcelona. It is a giant temple that has been under construction since 1882 and its not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years, Much controversy surrounds the building of the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi played an active role in directing the construction of the Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926. He would often request that work be modified and adjusted until it was exactly what he had in mind. However today, because of the nature of the existing designs, his work is partly open to interpretation. 

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Worlds Biggest and largest Hindu Temple -Swaminarayan Akshardham
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Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham. 

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Murudeshwara temple
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Murudeshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, lies in the holy beach town in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. The statue of Shiva here is the worlds tallest, 123 feet (37 m) in height, took about 2 years to build and it lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. 

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Faisal Mosque Islamabad
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The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and one of the largest mosques in the world. It was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 to 1993 when overtaken in size by the completion of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.Subsequent expansions of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophets Mosque) in Medina, Saudi Arabia during the 1990s relegated Faisal Mosque to fourth place in terms of size.Faisal Mosque is conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan. It has a covered area of 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) and has a capacity to accommodate approximately 300,000 worshippers (100,000 in its main prayer hall, courtyard and porticoes and another 200,000 in its adjoining grounds). 

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The Hassan II Mosque
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The Hassan II Mosque located in Casablanca is the largest mosque in Morocco and the fifth largest mosque in the world.
Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosques adjoining grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers present at any given time at the Hassan II mosque. Its minaretis the world tallest at 210 m (689 ft).

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