Monday, September 5, 2011

Green door with a grate

Here's a strong and serious door for Monday Doorways meme.

In this close-up of the monastery's sign you can see some reflection of the Israeli Arab town of Abu Ghosh.
Just outside the monastery wall is a mosque and minaret; sometimes the muezzin's call mingles with the Latin + French Mass being sung in the church.

The little door of the grate was open and the lush greenery of palm trees and gardens was visible inside.
The church was built by the Crusaders over a spring in the 12th century.

The Olivetan Benedictines have a double monastery; the men's and the women's monasteries are within the same walled compound, and each has its own superior.
Enlarge the photo and see a nun carrying a tall musical instrument into the modern monastic enclosure.
Pictures of her playing that Senegalese kora or bridge-harp are in an earlier post.
More pictures inside and outside the church are here.
UPDATE: I just learned that That's MyWorld is being continued in the form of Our World Tuesday. Thanks to hosts Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, and Sandy for giving it new life after founder Klaus, z"l, died. He would be happy to know that.


Louis la Vache said...

Dina, your posts are consistently thoughtful and fascinating. «Louis» always appreciates and welcomes your participation both in Monday Doorways and Sunday Bridges.

Lesley said...

Monasteries have a way of retreating into the most luscious world behind the most inauspicious looking doors.

Leif Hagen said...

What a gorgeous garden! Beautiful flowering trees/bushes!

Rob and Mandy said...

One more of the hidden treasures...

Irina said...

I like the feeling when you look into small holes in old doors - waiting for some mysteries.

Anonymous said...

What an adventure ! Thank you for this journey very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

VP said...

It is a pity that there are no benches inside...

lotusleaf said...

Fascinating post! The musical instrument carried by the nun is so unusual. The gardens are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Arija said...

Dina, thank you for this beautiful post with that lovely garden. And Thank you for your kind words. I know we had to let Klaus go but somehow it was important to keep what he started going even if with a slight name change.

Thank you for continuing to post on this meme.

Kay L. Davies said...

The garden is so beautiful and serene, Dina.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Genie said...

Dina...Having been educated by Dominican nuns in a boarding school, I was entranced with all of your posts of days past. I enlarged all of the photos so I could see more and more. I was absolutely in seventh heaven viewing the many beautiful images. Thank you so very much for putting this series together for all of us to enjoy. genie