Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Quiet in the crypt!

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Quiet is the key word for today's Q post for ABC Wednesday.

Shhhh, we are descending to the dark crypt beneath the Armenian Catholic church in the Old City.

OK, no talking; the mysteries of faith seldom have an explanation anyway . . . .

A nun in black is behind the glass doors in this unusual chapel.
First read the signs carefully, if you dare to enter.
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(More about the quiet Our Lady of the Spasm Church is
here and here, including how it got its rather queer name.)
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This post is also for Our World Tuesday.
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25 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

The altar is very impressive! But... No photos.

Spiderdama said...

Wow, we were there today! I could not understand what the round gold thing was. But, the place and picture of Jesus and Maria was very special. That`s a good word for Q! I was quiet:-)

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the first photo, Dina. It is so serene.
Unfortunately, I decided to look up the Armenian genocide, and the subject did not make pleasant reading. However, I am now more well-informed.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Theanne and Baron said...

I learn something new from you everyday Dina! The name of the church Our Lady of the Spasm gave me quite a start...so I decided to check out your related posts...now I understand. There is a lot to be said for QUIET in this modern world, so if it can found under a church it is a precious thing!

Roger Owen Green said...

I LOVE THAT SIGN. Mystical.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Rinkly Rimes said...

I almost stopped breathing as I looked at your photographs! I was afraid to cause a disturbance!

VP said...

I bet that some Italians let their cellphones ring down there...

Scriptor Senex said...

What a beautifully serene photo that first one is.

Cloudia said...

I felt the shiver of the forbidden and mysterious, Dina. Another wonderful post. Thank you.
Reminds me of one of my favorite place in Honolulu: the Royal (Hawaiian) Mausoleum. The Kalakaua Dynasty Crypt is like you top photo
with artifacts and niches behind a gate at the bottom of the steps, including a bust of the king. . .

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Leif Hagen said...

A fun adventure to go down in the crypt! We sure don't have crypts here in Eagan!

cieldequimper said...

Fabulous first shot Dina!

crystal said...

Neat photos! I've never been in an adoration chapel - didn't have one at my church. Crypts are so interesting.

ρομπερτ said...

What an oasis it must be ! Thank you for the much needed escape. Please have a good Wednesday.

And yes, there might be some mobiles ringing from here as well.

Genie said...

When the nuns tell you to be quiet, they mean it. I know from experience after many years of boarding school with the Dominicans. Love the pictures especially the first one. It looks so nun-like. genie

Fran said...

This church was never open when I tried to visit - thanks for "letting me in."

Linda said...

That first photo is so peaceful.

Linda
ABC WEdnesday Team

Louis la Vache said...

Dina, you come up with the most amazingly delightful posts!

Petrea Burchard said...

Absolutely fascinating, Dina. You never miss.

Mar said...

Perfect for the theme. Fantastic shots, particularly the first one.

Q is for quadruped

diane b said...

That sure is an unusual name. Great shots.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

What a haunting photo! And a GREAT "Q" Silentium" sounds like a word that would appear in a J.K. Rowling novel.

Kim, USA said...

I only wonder if I could visit this place but because of you Dina, I did ^_^ Now I knew why it is called "spasm" I think mother Mary has suffered more than that. Seeing her son being flagged, crowned with thorns, carrying a cross, geez a common mother could not take it, it will suffer heart attack! A beautiful place to be quite and be alone in the presence of God, just remarkable post you've got in here Dina. Thanks!

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Virginia said...

Interesting post. I think I'd have a hard time obeying the rules!

This reminds me that my 6 year old grandson heard the word NUN on the car radio and said, "I don't know what a nun is , but I know what a noun is!" And he did~! :)
V

Reader Wil said...

Interesting to know that prie- dieu means kneeler. I didn't know this. We have no kneelers in our protestant churches, only with weddings for the married couples.

Rohit Sareen said...

mysterious...i liked the 1st photo!

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