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Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques. oh, my !!

Henry Wong
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First, I don't want this topic to be about religion -- as that can degenerate quickly... please be considerate.

Anyway, places of worship are some of the most beautiful places that I have seen. In fact, whenever I visit some place new, one of the first places that I try to see are such places. To start, do you agree with me? And if you do, do you have some pictures of some of your favorite places?

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Sameer Jamal
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Here are two of my favourites

Church in Almora, India my Hometown



Jama Masjid (Mosque) in Delhi

Stephan van Hulst
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One of the favorites I have visited was the shrine of Torreciudad, in northern Spain.

Randall Twede
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i agree. some of the best architecture is seen in places of worship. i mean, it's not like a house where the builders main concern is maximizing profit, it is about doing a "perfect" job. the same can be said for other things like music in the old days(Handel for example), and the wonderful illustrations and calligraphy in old hand-written bibles.


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Henry Wong
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FYI.... for me, my favorite church is currently this, in Saint Petersburg...

http://www.saint-petersburg.com/virtual-tour/church-of-savior.asp


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Henry Wong
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And if you think that the outside is pretty, take a look at the inside.



And BTW, everything on the walls and ceilings are mosaics.

Henry
Frank Silbermann
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I've been told it was Roman Catholic doctrine that there was but one true Church. Nevertheless, I haven't found anyone who could tell me its address, or even what city it's in.
Maneesh Godbole
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I am an atheist so can't say much about places of worship. However I do remember seeing a documentary years back about a place of worship in India, where at the altar....is a mirror.
I found this concept very beautiful. Believe in yourself. God is inside you.


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Kaustubh G Sharma
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I don't visit religion place often but i like this creation of swaminarayan temple in toronto canada or some very old temples



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Rambo Prasad
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Photos from India

some photos of Brihadeeswarar Temple in my home town Thanjavur,Tamilnadu,India

360 degree view of this temple check this out and follow the red arrows
http://www.view360.in/virtualtour/thanjavur/









Madurai Meenakshi amman temple,Madurai,Tamilnadu









1000 pillar hall of madurai meenakshi amman temple






Temple elephant



Vellore Golden temple,Vellore,Tamilnadu





Auroville - Pondicherry



Vellankanni Bascilla,Tamilnadu




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Rambo Prasad
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Thiruvanamallai temple - View of nine towers of the temple






Rambo Prasad
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Golden Temple -Amritsar



Somnath temple



Tirupathi Temple -Andhra Pradesh



Srirangam Temple



Srirangapatna temple



Khajurao temple





Ashoka - Buddist temple

Rambo Prasad
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Akshardam Temple - Delhi









fred rosenberger
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:I am an atheist so can't say much about places of worship.

Why not? You can still comment on their beauty, the craftsmanship required to make it, or other aesthetic qualities, can't you?


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Matthew Brown
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Possibly my favourite in this country is York Minster:




But those are photos from the web. This is probably the nicest one I took myself...



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Rambo Prasad
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Some more photos

Iskcon,Bangalore



Lotus Temple,Delhi (Bahai faith)



Jama Masjid -Largest mosque in India



Mecca Masjid,Hyderabad


Buddhist temple,Bodh gaya


Buddha statue,Bodh gaya
 
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