torii

torii

Torii 鳥居 "bird abode"
A traditional Japanese gate
At the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine
Transition from the mundane to the sacred

Kumano Hongū Taisha 熊野本宮大社 in Tanabe
Marked by the largest Torii shrine gate in the world

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Umrah

(عُمْرَة) An Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year. Sometimes considered the “lesser pilgrimage” compared to the Hajj, because not compulsory, but still highly recommended. Etym. lit. “to visit a populated place”.

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Fushimi-Inari

Fushimi-Inari

Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 - The head shrine of the god Inari, god of rice and the patron of business, located in Kyoto – Known because of the rows of many torii gates, around 1,000 - Foxes (kitsune) are often found in Inari shrines as they are regarded as the messengers.


Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 - Sanctuaire principal du dieu Inari, dieu du riz et patron des affaires, situé à Kyoto. Connu pour ses rangées de nombreux torii, on en trouve environ 1 000 - Des renards (kitsune) se trouvent souvent dans les sanctuaires dédiées à Inari car ils en sont considérés comme les messagers.

Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib is the holy book of Sikhism. It was developed in several phases of compilation from the beginning of the 17th century to the beginning of the following century. He succeeded the last guru of the community, Guru Gobind Singh, and became at his death in 1708, the only supreme authority.

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Tokyo Wan Kannon

Tokyo Wan Kannon

Tokyo Wan Kannon 東京湾観音 - A Kannon Statue located in Chiba - 56m high, it was built in 1961 for the world peace by Masae Usami. The statue face the entrance of Tokyo Bay that you can see at the observation stand.


Tokyo Wan Kannon 音 観 音 - Une statue de Kannon située à Chiba - Haute de 56 m, elle a été construite en 1961 pour la paix mondiale par Masae Usami. La statue fait face à l'entrée de la baie de Tokyo que l’on peut voir à partir du poste d'observation.

Jeddah Gate to Makkah

Jeddah Gate to Makkah

Al-Balad - Historical area of Jeddah, founded in the 7th century - Gate to Makkah - UNESCO World Heritage Site 2014 - “… Historic Jeddah is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century AD it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channelling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. These twin roles saw the city develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.”


Al-Balad - Zone historique de Djeddah, fondée au 7ème siècle - Porte de la Mecque - Site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO 2014 - « … Sur la rive orientale de la mer Rouge, Djedda a été à partir du VIIe siècle l’un des ports les plus importants sur les routes commerciales de l’océan Indien. C’est ici qu’arrivaient les marchandises à destination de La Mecque. C’était aussi le port d’arrivée pour les pèlerins voyageant par la mer. Ce double rôle a permis le développement d’une ville multiculturelle, caractérisée par une tradition architecturale originale, née de la fusion des traditions de construction en corail de la région côtière de la mer Rouge avec des idées et savoir-faire glanés le long des routes commerciales. Au XIXe siècle, les élites marchandes y ont notamment bâti de superbes maisons-tours. »

Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius

Saints Cyril (826–869) and Methodius (815–885): "Apostles to the Slavs" - Creators of the Glagolitic alphabet.


Saints Cyrille (826–869) et Méthode (815–885): « Les apôtres des Slaves» - Créateurs de l'alphabet glagolitique, ancêtre de l'alphabet cyrillique.