Sunday, July 10, 2011

A grotto with a door

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For Monday Doorways meme here is a peek into the grotto in which John the Baptist may have lived.
Enlarge the photo and see Elisabeth and her son John painted on the wall.

And here we stand inside his cave and look out past the open door.
The Jerusalem Hills are round about.

The Franciscan monastery and church are built over the grotto.
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18 comments:

Madge said...

Wonderful, I've never seen this before... wonderful place full of history...

Kay said...

Oh wow! This is so very wonderful and interesting, Dina. It's just so charming and beautiful. I would love to see this in person.

Leif Hagen said...

Fascinating foto find!

Hels said...

I don't know if John the Baptist ever lived there, but the whole area has a natural, old, even primitive look about it. How wonderful that it all survived. Even better, Franciscan monasteries were usually built in meaningful locations!

Karl said...

A beautiful historical place Dina, I would explore this personally...
Thank you for sharing.

VP said...

Not a bad place to live for John the Baptist. In an ocean of English terms, grotto is another wayward Italian word (grotta) who found its place in the world.

Birdman said...

I love the historical significance to your photos, especially this one. Interesting lighted doorway too.

Reader Wil said...

What a lovely romantic place! His life, however ended in the most cruel way. In Cornwall there is a town named after this event. It's Penzance( Holy Headland).Beautiful post, Dina!

Lesley said...

i was thinking this looked like a nice roomy doorway into the cave, until I saw the monastery above which rather dwarfs it!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It looks very enchanting....more like the home of a character in a fairy tale than John the Baptist.

Petrea Burchard said...

I guess we can't know for sure, but it's beautiful to imagine. What a gorgeous place.

Pietro said...

Such a picturesque place, with those flowers and the green!

Rob and Mandy said...

What a wonderful place this is!

Rayna Eliana said...

What gorgeous and mystical photos.

Suzanne said...

Ahh, yes! The first photo is absolutely stunning with the illumined 'doorway' and the green and grey of the cave a growth.

Spiderdama said...

I recognize this place.. wonderful! That last picture is so lovely with the flower hanging down.
Hope you have happy days Dina:-)
Bless you!

JM said...

What a fantastic place! Glad you've shown it, Dina.

Nicole said...

Dear Dina,
i am happy that you posted these photos. The place is in my heart.
Love, Nicole