One thing Carolyn and I really enjoy doing when we go places is exploring sights that are a) old, b) free, and c) of a religious nature. Neither of us is very religious, but it’s pretty amazing how good humans are at architecture and engineering when they’re divinely inspired. We’ve wound up exploring the churches of New York City in the midst of a shopping trip. Our day trip to Macau turned into a trail of Catholic churches left by the Portuguese explorers half a millennium ago. I fully expect every stop we make in Europe to include at least one church, and probably more than a few classical era temples, too. For today’s post, I thought it would be cool to compile some pictures of old churches, temples, and other religious sites that we’ve visited over the years.
Mission San Jose, one of Spain’s old missionary outposts from the conquistador days.
The interior of St. Augustine’s Church.
The beautiful interior of St. Laurence’s Church
A golden Buddha statue inside the temple building.
Wong Tai Sin temple,
St. John the Divine – New York
St. Dominic’s Church, smack dab in the middle of the historical district.
The exterior of St. Laurence’s Church.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church are Macau’s most iconic site (other than the Grand Lisboa, perhaps).
Inside Igreja da Se
Inside St. Dominic’s.
Wat Chalong Complex
Wat Karon, a new temple in Karon.
Wat Chalong is a stunningly beautiful temple complex
The temple and pagoda at Sensoji are beautiful old structures in a super modern city.
Incense smoke filling the air in Wong Tai Sin temple.
Inside Wong Tai Sin temple.
Why do they call it the Golden Pavilion?
Ginkakuji Temple – the silver pavilion.
One of the oldest temples in Korea, on Mt. Gaya
Pura Batur – Bali