“A golden mystery…a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun.” Thus marveled Rudyard Kipling at spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, a collection of temples and shrines that is one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist world. Located on a hill in Myanmar’s capital city of Yangon (formally called Rangoon), the Shwedagon Pagoda is a sacred center of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Chock full of stellar architecture and art, I found it mesmerizing to share this spiritual place with devotees and monks as they made offerings and worshipped.
St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the architectural wonders of the world. Located in Moscow’s Red Square beside the Kremlin, the church’s fanciful design, brilliant colors and onion domes are a singular phenomenon – a symbol of Russia and its culture.