Friday, August 7, 2009

A simple bench in a complicated church



Inside the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one lone bench.
I was always mystified about those three padlocked doors above the bench.

Finally one day I looked down from the Rock of Golgotha and saw these men open one of the doors!
That's it?? Nothing more mysterious than a disorderly cabinet?
Sometimes it is better not to know . . .
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24 comments:

RuneE said...

Isn't that very often the way with "closed doors"? When you open them, there is often not very much inside. That is why there is someone who do will anything to prevent such an opening. They rely on the assumed presence of a "ghost" that does not exist.

BTW - the bench was nice too :-)

PERBS said...

It is a very sturdy bench and a lovely door to reach it. I hope the men didn't have plans to remove it. . . if they did, you know who the thieves are and can report them! lol

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ha! Well, I love it that you no longer need to feel curious about what's inside the cabinet. So now don't you wonder why the bench id there? ;-)

Vagabonde said...

I think that it’s a good idea – place some interesting doors to hide your disorderly closets – I need to do that in my house. That is an interesting pic, Dina.

Petrea said...

Maybe there's something important written on the papers?

Fascinating.

Dick said...

Hahaha, you are right it was better not to know, a secret less for you.

Stanley said...

Sometimes not knowing is better, like a magician's trick!

Ackworth born said...

ah the different uses to which benches are put

Caprice- said...

Dina,
Maybe there's a good story about why they were put there to begin with???
I enjoy your blog so very much. You are a wonderful guide through Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
I'm working on a trip to Israel. Would you be willing to help me fig out where to stay, what to see?
Thanks for sharing your wonderful city!
Caprice

pasadenaadjacent said...

yeah, some truths are better left untold

Barbara Martin said...

Now that one of the doors has been opened and contents revealed...what is written on the papers that they have to be locked up? Curious. As for the bench, a sturdy one from appearances with the visitors that come to and fro.

Sara said...

Looks like they've got everything from letters to scrub brushes in there! Not the sort of thing one would have imagined.

SandyCarlson said...

You are right! To create so much mystery! Wow.

Dr M said...

Thanks for a wonderful puzzle, Dina! I searched and searched for an answer to the origins of the "doors", but alas! no clear solution. I do think that one of the men in your picture may be Wajeeh Nuseibeh, the doorkeeper. Only he knows the answers!
Perhaps the "spare key" that was made after the original was kidnapped some time ago and is kept locked in the Church (how could it be used?) is behind Door #2....or #1....or?

Thanks for a wonderful post!

gogouci said...

Oh my. You're first photo is an awesome display of exposure control. It's beautiful. Great image and story. Thanks for stopping by.

Bergson said...

A beautiful light on the first photo full of mystery

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very nice photos. I like seeing on the inside.

chanpheng said...

Yes, the top picture is definitely more mysterious!

JM said...

I love the first shot!
Sorry the mystery regarding the doors no longer exists... :-)

FA said...

Indeed, interesting from the outside, not so on the inside. Would love to hear more about the "Rock of Golgotha" sometime.

Pietro said...

Oh yes, it is better the mystery about those doors! And three: they are not too many?! ;-) Are you sure that in the other two doors there is the same thing???

Mimi said...

Beautiful shots of a place I would LOVE to visit!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Dina,
your 1st photo is just great..

Kay said...

Yessss... but maybe there are mysterious secrets in those cabinets.