A religious building is a structure and consecrated space where people perform acts of devotions, veneration or religious studies. These buildings include temples, churches, mosques and synagogues as well as monasteries which are both houses for religious people and places of worship for individuals.
Religious architectures outline both religious beliefs, aesthetic choices and the skills of the artists who created them. Therefore, different religious buildings outline distinct styles depending on the time and places they have been built.
Religious buildings can have particular architectures depending on the religion they are related to. Firstly, Buddhist temples are places where individuals can pray and meditate. These buildings contain shrines which help believers remembering their ancestor. Every shrine usually has an image of Buddha, a vase of flowers, candles and incense.
Secondly, mosques are related to the Islamic religion and since their origins have served many purposes. The main goal of a mosque is to praise Allah. As well as this, a mosque can be considered as a community space or an open area.
Thirdly, churches are places where Christians pray to God and can have both a traditional or modern architecture. Churches include different areas such as the sanctuary, the navy, the altar and the pulpit.
Fourthly, the Jewish place of worship is known as shul, congregation or temple. Nevertheless, 'synagogue' is the most general term as well as the most recognised. The most important part of the synagogue is the ark, a cabinet containing the Torah scroll.
Finally, Hinduists usually pray at home, in a temple or on a streetside shrine. As well as this, most of the Hindu houses have a small shrine dedicated to Gods.
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