Sunday, July 4, 2010

Touches of America in Jerusalem

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Happy 4th of July to all Americans!


In honor of Independence Day, I give you the Great Seal of the United States!
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Here it is in mosaic on the ceiling of the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives.
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The Basilica of the Agony was built in 1919-24 with funding from 12 different countries, which gave it its nickname, "the Church of All Nations."
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Inside, the symbols of each country that contributed are incorporated into the inlaid gold ceilings of each of 12 cupolas.
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My previous 4th of July posts are about Jerusalem's Statue of Liberty and our Liberty Bell.
Happy day to all!
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13 comments:

JM said...

That's a really nice building!

Louis la Vache said...

Very nice, Dina!

Petrea said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Dina. Let freedom ring!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks! I'm having a wonderful 4th in the US. Beirut blog is still going on though . . .

Cloudia said...

you live in a treasure chest, Dina!

magiceye said...

beautiful captures!

Hilda said...

Wow. That looks like another very interesting church.

Kay said...

This is lovely to see. Happy 4th to you, too, Dina. You're still an American, right?

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

The 4th of July came and went with barely a whimper. I heard some distance, faint, fireworks late last night while waiting on sleep in bed. I saw the heavens light up and counted the seconds between the light and the rumbling sound echo. Gosh, it was far away.

This is a great place and when you are born here it is hard to imagine living somewhere else.

VP said...

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Suzanne said...

Thanks Dina. I don't remember seeing the seal.

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a beautiful basilica! I was surprised to see the US seal on the ceiling!

L. D. Burgus said...

This is so cool. Thanks for sharing it.