But walk through the hallowed passages of a majestic temple or kneel at the foot of an ancient tomb, and you may feel the sacred to be an almost palpable force. For artists and architects, the task of evoking the divine through structures and shapes is a difficult one, said Michael J. On top of that, religious architecture typically reflects the traditions and forms of a particular faith and distinguishes itself in some way from the other buildings that surround it, he noted. They are all either new projects or renovations of existing works, and roughly half were designed or created for sites outside of North America. US Edition U.
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13 Amazing Religious Buildings Across The World
These 13 buildings span continents, timelines, and religions, and could not look more different from one another. However, all all are united by their unique settings and the wonder of their architecture. From a Thai Buddhist temple with Hello Kitty engravings to a Finnish church carved out of granite, here are thirteen of the most amazing religious buildings around the world. Ngu Hanh Son , or the Marble Mountains, are a group of five towering mountains, located south of Danang City, Vietnam, and named after metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. In the 19th century, Hindu and Buddhist grottos were built in the caves and tunnels running through the mountains. One with a particularly religious feeling is the Huyen Khong Grotto, where there is no light except for that cast through the holes in the ceiling of the cave. These classically religious qualities are made further atmospheric by the seclusion of being in hidden caves, accessed by stone steps leading up into the mountains.
The story of South Asian religious life begins with the river Indus and its tributaries. The Indus was the center of the earliest complex urban culture of which we have evidence in the region, the Indus Valley or Harappan culture ca. Some scholars postulate continuities between elements of the culture, such as possible goddess or fertility worship, and later religious developments in South Asia, such as the growth of the cult of the goddess in Hinduism. The great Hindu god Shiva, who gained prominence later, may also relate to a figure present on Indus Valley seals. Similarities between the Indus Valley and later cultures are difficult to verify, because the script found in the Indus Valley is undeciphered and available evidence is entirely material.
Architecture is characterized by the region, religion, nationality, and times. Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Catholicism have a long history in China. As a melting pot of religious cultures , there is a variety of religious buildings in China. Below are four representatives of different religions. Built in the early s during the Ming Dynasty — , this Taoist temple was the altar where emperors offered sacrifices to God and prayed for a good harvest.