Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A different Dina

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Welcome to our ABC Wednesday meme fun. Today is the day for D.

D is for . . . Dina?
But definitely a different Dina, not me. One who would write her name in thick black ink and add two exclamation marks!!

Believe it or not, this slab of stone was set up in the venerable Holy Sepulchre (the church consecrated in 335 and restored and rebuilt in the 11th century).
Here, and only here, on this slab, is it kosher for tourists to leave their mark for posterity.

Why oh why then, did some have to scrawl their graffiti on the walls just five steps away?
Click on the photo to enlarge and see the scandal on the arch. Shame.
This place is at the extreme eastern part of the cavernous church, a bit out of the way.
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The inner dark chamber is now called the Prison of Christ. According to a tradition dating to Crusader times, Jesus and the two thieves were held here before the crucifixion.
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The outer part is the Chapel of the Bonds (or Stocks).
Behind the glass are two holes which some say held the stocks which held the feet of Jesus. Pilgrims find a way to stick their prayer notes inside what for Christians must be a very holy place.
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28 comments:

RuneE said...

Even if one does not agree with various beliefs, there is something called respect. Not everyone has it.

A pity.

mrsnesbitt said...

Grafitti exists everywhere we go! Some say the youth of today have nothing to do...well make em clean the walls I say!

photowannabe said...

Fascinating. I can not understand why people want to write their names and ruin history.
Great post Dina.

anthonynorth said...

This is most definitely on my list of places I'd want to visit one day. And I'd keep my marker pen well and truly in my pocket.

Cloudia said...

Ah! We love to leave notes for God, or teeth for the tooth fairy, or cookies for Santa....I have used the web to have a Rabbinical student place MY note in the Wall (hm, perhaps a new note would not be presumptious...it's been a few years)

Aloha my Sistah Dina!!
(Yes, 2!! ;-)

Aloha,

Comfort Spiral

Pietro said...

Really interesting. It's not the same thing, but in Rome and in many other towns, on the bridges, on the gates, on the street lamps, on the doors of the churches, there are the love padlocks of the young sweethearts. :-)

Mara said...

There are always some morons who just don't care about anything. Great to find your own name though...

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

It is nice to catch up on your site. Such history and then the grafitti. I really enjoyed your Western wall photos also. You might like our new travel photo sites at www.vivalavoyage.com. We started with Petra and then India. We post the photos on sunday. We hope all is well.

ArneA said...

Different Dina or was it Dana from your country we heard about some years ago

James said...

What a shame. It seems nothing is sacred anymore.

Reader Wil said...

This is extremely interesting, but what a shame to put graffiti on the walls of such holy places.

Dina ... UK said...

It was not me, not guilty.
(how many more of us are there)?

Thank you, I enjoyed looking at your pic's and the informatiom.

Leif Hagen said...

Now Dina, R U sure it wasn't you who wrote "DINA!!" on the wall???

Welcome to CDPB! It seems silly to say that to a veteran city daily photo blogger like you but welcome anyway!!

Babooshka said...

I was really surprised and horrified to see graffiti in such a holy place. It is one thing we rarely see here. Always surprised when I visit today by what I learn today I am genuinely shocked.

Dr M said...

"Fools' names, like fools' faces, Are often seen in public places."
~ ~ ~ Thomas Fuller

I cannot imagine anyone allowing grafitti all over the Rambam's tomb...Yet, the poor Holy Sepulchre has been plastered with it since the Crusader period--hence, all the little crosses marked on the walls as you descend to the Chapel of St. Helena..... http://www.3disrael.com/jerusalem/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulcher_inside.cfm

Great post as always, Dina....

Tumblewords: said...

Interesting post! One does tend to wonder what goes on in others' minds.

Ann said...

Well spotted. Beyond me why people have to leave their mark everywhere, especially on sacred/historic sites.

Ann said...

Just noticed you've finally officially joined CDP - about time.

Grace and Bradley said...

Well some people just cannot stop themselves. One unlucky Chinese tourist wrote his name on the rock of one of the eco-sensitive area in Taiwan. The television picked up the story and tranced him all the way back to his home town in China and made into national news in China. he was highly embarrassed. May be this is one way of stop graffiti writer.

Hilda said...

Oh my gosh, that actually looks like my handwriting! Haha, I wish! Never been there, though I would like to be able to visit some day and walk in places that Jesus himself may have. It's really shameful about the graffiti though.

spacedlaw said...

A common depredation, alas. All the monuments in Rome seemed plagued by graffiti (which is an Italian name, after all and a very old tradition when you look at Pompei's ancient ones). Walls, trees, bridges, billboards are rife with them.

Roger Owen Green said...

spacedlaw is right; graffiti is a very old practice, and the more others do it, the more acceptable it becomes. You're SURE it's not you?

Sailor Girl said...

AH AH AH!!! I will write your name in a wall here in Lisbon and send you a picture!!!

(Thank you also for your comment. It's part of the motto «One Ocean. One Colour. The Atlantic Blue.», aiming at uniting good people around this planet and spreading LOVE and FRIENDSHIP, which are common to all creeds and religions and faiths!!!

Your «Blue and White» is AWESOME and so is the Star in it!!!)

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

Kay said...

When we were in Egypt, we saw ancient graffiti on the many gorgeous Egyptian ruins. Unfortunately, graffit seems to have been around ever since cavemen decided to write on walls. You'd think we'd have advanced enough since then.

jay said...

Good heavens. The things people do! I am appalled.

Good one for D though!

Rose said...

Grafitti is everywhere, but to write on such an important piece of history is simply vandalism. I cannot understand what these people were thinking. Thank you for sharing another fascinating place to visit!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

this Dina's a stand out too!

Leslie: said...

Oh well...I LOVE the name anyways!