Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mary in the clouds

This afternoon the clouds seemed to be pointing to the haloed Madonnina, the patron saint of Milan.
By tradition, no building in Milan is higher than the Madonnina. Not so in Jerusalem.

Mary's hands and gesture look so graceful, even from far below.

This is the Terra Santa building that I showed you last night, across from France Square.
This monumental building typical of Italian public buildings of the period was dedicated in 1927.
It served as a boys' college (high school), administered by the Franciscan order.
From 1949 it was used by the Hebrew University and by the National Library.
At the beginning of this century the Franciscans took it back.
Terra Santa was designed by Antonio Barluzzi, the Italian architect who made many of the newer Catholic churches in Jerusalem.
The wintery Jerusalem sky says Shalom to all the different skies appearing tonight at SkyWatch Friday. Keep looking up!


J Bar said...

A threatening sky.
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Sylvia K said...

Wonderful and interesting post as always, Dina! Such a lovely statue and building -- even with the grumpy sky!

Have a great weekend!


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. "Shalom" to you.

Rune said...

Dramatic and beautiful clouds, might soon rain from it?

Anonymous said...

A beautiful building and great photos, Dina.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful building, Dina!

Kay said...

At first I was looking for Mary in the cloud formation before I realized what you really meant.
This is such a beautiful building, Dina. The statue of Mary is indeed beautiful and elegant.

Leif Hagen said...

Happy Hanukkah, Dina!

Happy ultra sound! Happy Grandma Dina!

Petrea said...

It's good to know all these different entities have shepherded this building so well over the years.

Pietro said...

Dina, what a wonderful view of Jerusalem. The graceful Madonnina really lights up the landscape.

JM said...

So this is the building I liked, this time at daylight!