GOD’S HOUSES Our little church is painted whiteAnd in the safety of the nightWe all go quiet as a mouseFor the word is outThat God is in the house South Australia's Coober Pedy produces nearly all the world's opal, and is famed for its undergrounded houses. Hotels, campgrounds, and even churches, like the Serbian Orthodox Church, are underground.Sri Lanka's so-called "Cultural Triangle" is its historical Buddhist centre beginning from Kandy, and includes places such as Anuradhapura to the north, Polonaruwa to the east and Dambulla.130km west of Alice Springs, Hermannsburg Lutheran Church, part of the mission established by Germans in 1877 to "educate" the Western Arrernte people of central Australia.Located in western Iran, The Armenian Monastry Of St Thaddeus became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.A mosque's minaret peers between two old buildings in Stonetown, Zanzibar.The site of the Temple of Bel has been occupied for 5000 years. ISIS destroyed this temple which stood in Syria for 2000.Massive columns, at a west bank temple, Luxor. Much of an Egyptian pharoah's time and energy went into assuring his place in the afterlife as well as his memory on earth.Zoroastrian faith is strong in Yazd, Iran. An eternal flame (ateshkadeh) in the city has burnt since 470. These Tower Of Silence burial grounds are outside the city.Temple of Maggid-Janraiseg, Ulan Batur, Mongolia, a Tibetan influenced Buddhist construction.Erdene Zuu Monastry is part of Kharkhorin, seat of the mighty Mongol conqueror, Genghis Khan.The minaret of a mosque on the Corniche, Muscat, Oman.Rugged cliffs and mountains ring the Omani capital of Muscat.The blue Arabian sky highlights the dome and minaret of Nizwa's mosque, in central Oman.Masshad, Iran is home to one of Shia Islam's holiest sites, the Shrine of Emam Reza. I tried to use a timer to capture it at night, but this friendy fellow was one of many who walked into view.The Iranian city of Esfahan boasts many epic silk road structures, like the Emam Mosque, one of several exquisite buildings that surround Nagsh E Jahan square.Amongst the finest examples of Islamic design, the Emam Mosque is not just vast, but also intricate.A small mosque in the Usambara mountains area of Tanzania's east.In Uzbekistan's capital, is Tashkent's Hast-Imam Square. This modest building holds one of Islam's most sacred relics, the oldest copy of the Koran. A massive deerskin tome, the Othman Koran was written in 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death.The tapering of Khiva's Islam Khoja Minaret exaggerates its height. The large green dome is another Uzbek highlight, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum.Mohammed Amin Khan, the ruler of Khiva,commissioned the Kalta-minor Minaret in 1851, with a designed height of 70m, believing he could see Bukhara 390km away. He died in 1855, with the minaret at its 26m height.One of the most atmospheric mosques of the silk road, Bolo Hauz Mosque was built 1712 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The old grey beards fill the local chaikhana before and after Friday prayers.The Kalyan Mosque is another gem of Timurid architecure. Completed around 1530 on the site of a 12th century mosque destroyed by Genghis Khan, it is the 3rd largest in central Asia.In Bukhara, Uzbekistan, men gather at the entrance of Mir-i Arab Madrasa (1536). Dozens of "hujra" (cells or rooms) line a rectangular courtyard inside, like most central Asian Islamic schools.Details of the entrance of the 16th century Kaylan Mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.The serene entrance to the Kalyan Mosque.The Jami Mosque was one of the few buildings to survive the 1902 earhquake which devastated Andijon, Uzbekistan. Visitors are welcome to climb the minaret.Entrance to Samarkand's Bibi Khanum Mosque, begun in 1399. It was the tallest building in Uzbekistan until the 20th century.Timur's ambitious plans for the mosque later lead to its structural faults, with massice cracks and destablisation occuring.Restorian begun by Russians in 1970s saved the moneument, although it has been criticised for some aspects. "This is not a carbuncle on the face of a well-loved friend; it is plastic surgery carried out by a butcher," said architectural historian Robert Hillenbrand.Meaning "Blue Dome", The Kok Gombaz Mosque was built by Uleg Beg in 1437 shows the influence of Indian craftsmen who worked on it.Richly decorated, and standing on a hill, the Hazrat Hizr mosque is a 19th century restoration of the 8th century mosque torched by Genghis. It's style is like no other in Samarkand.Still in Uzbekistan, the Sher Dor Madrasah in Samarkand, built 1619-36.Shimmering gold and blue inside Samarkand's Ulegh Beg madrasah.Also in Uzbekistan's Ulegh Beg Madrasah, Koranic verses in gold.A gilded warrior guards a temple in Phrae, Thailand, as a reclining Buddha rests inside.Founded by the first Mon ruler of Lampang in Thailand's north, Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao housed the revered Emerald Buddha from 1434 to 1468.A lion guard the grounds of of one Chiang Mai, Thailand's many temples.An ornate false window leads into a glittering hall in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Looking along the outside of hallways at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.The front view of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1993. Enjoying these magnificent monuments with such low tourist numbers was a privilege.