HOUSES OF GODS MANY are our beliefs. Many are our practises. Many are the places people come to say thanks or ask a wee favour. The shrine of Shah Jahal, in Sylhet, Bangladesh is a pilgrimage site. Born in Konyu, Turkey, he brought Islam to the region in the 13th century.Many Hindus fled East Pakistan to neighbouring India after partition, although many chose to stay. Still used for worship, Puthia Temple is in Rajshahi.In Bagerhat, Bangladesh, the arched interior of the 1422 Shait Gumbad (100 domes) mosque.There are actually 77 domes.In Dinajpur, Bangladesh, carvings adorn the walls of 18th century Hindu Kantanagar Temple.Once boasting nine spires, the Kantanager Temple in Dinajpur is the finest example of terracotta architecture in Bangladesh.50km on a bumpy bus from Bogra, Bangladesh, carvings on the 8th century Buddhist monastry Somapura Mahavihara.Somapura Mahavihara, Bogra, Bangladesh. The 8th century monastry has 177 rooms which monks used for meditation and accommodation.An Ottoman mosque viewed through the Crusader fort archway, on Greece's Rhodes.Construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece, spanned from 170BC to 131AD.The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral on Santorini, Greece, was built in 1827, rebuilt after a 1956 earthquake.Meteora, Greece, where ancient monastries were constructed high on mountain tops, for priests and monks to enjoy isolation. The stairs are a recent addition.Built high on the mountains of Meteora, Greece, these monastries date back to the 14th century.One of 504 Buddha statues on Borobodur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, on Java, Indonesia.In the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the Masjid Raya (Great Mosque) survived virtually unscathed the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.Arabic writing adorns the pastel walls of an old mosque in Harar, Ethiopia. The historic city has bth churches and mosques in large numbers.The northern Ethiopian region of Tigray has many centuries old churches, high on mountain tops, carved into and out of the rock. The hikes to get there are also very rewarding.Bete Giyorgis (Church of St. George) carved deep into the ground in the 13th century, Ethiopia.Another view of Lalibela's St George Church. St George is also Ethiopia's most popular beer.In the Wakhan Corridor, where Tajikistan squeezes Afghanistan, a small Islamic shrine.300,000 Dungan -ethnic Chinese Muslims- fled to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan in the late 1800s. This small but ornate mosque reflects their Chinese heritage and pre-Islamic Buddhist roots.The mosque was built from 1907 to 1910, and is made withou a single nail.One of the many exquisite buddhist wats in Luang Prabang, Laos.Ornate entrance to one of Bangkok's many Buddhist wats.Sun catches the gold border of the roof, in a wat in Bangkok, Thailand.Glittering like jewels in the sun, the decorative roofs of a Buddihst wat in Bangkok, Thailand.Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan in Bangkok, Thailand, is usually shortened to just Wat Arun, The Temple Of Dawn.One the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok's most recognisable landmarks.Sultan Ahmad Shah mosque in Kuantan, one of the more conservative cities in Malaysia.The Dutch completed construction of Christ Church in 1753, after having taken Malacca (Malaysia) from the Portugese.Interior of the Masjid Negara (State Mosque), in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.A colourful Chinese temple stands out in the south of the jungle state of Sabah, Malaysia.A small rural mosque in Sabah, Malaysia, where cultures and beliefs are varied.St Petersburg's Savior on the Spilled Blood Orthdox Church - what an evocative name! Completed in 1907 by the Romanov family in memory of assissinated Czar Alexander II.One of the most iconic buildings in the world, right in Moscow's Red Square, Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, or Saint Basil's Cathedral, was completed in 1561.Thailand's Sukhothai Kingdom reigned for 200 years from the early 13th century, after escaping from Khmer rule.Wat Si Sawai is one of the oldest temple in Thailand's Sukhothai Historical Park. It was originally built as a Hindu temple to Vishnu.A sitting Buddha in Sukhothai, Thailand. Possibly Wat Sa Si. The historic park is spread out on plain of temples and Buddhas, making for a fun day's exploration.Either unknown or overlooked by farang, Thailand's Kamphaeng Phet temples are set in quiet forests a short bike ride from town.Low clouds and mist seep around Cambodia's famed Ta Prohm temple, which has been reclaimed in the large parts by the surrounding jungle.