Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pulvinate shadows

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The pulvinate elements above the door of the Holy Sepulchre gave crisp shadows for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.
Such "cushions" or boofim or poofim are typical of Crusader architecture.

Oh, and there is the immovable ladder.
Someone put it there sometime before 1852, when the status quo defined both the doors and the window ledges as common ground.
Under the status quo, no part of what is designated as common territory may be so much as rearranged without consent from all the communities that have rights inside the church.
So no one dares to remove the old ladder.

Please enlarge the photos to enjoy the stonework.
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18 comments:

VP said...

I like architectural details... and love that ladder!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful old architecture.

Regards and best wishes

Gemma Wiseman said...

Adore the ladder story! And the sharp shadow of the protuding element on the building is like the ragged edge of a saw! Lovely post!

Kelly said...

This stonework is gorgeous! I would love to visit someday.

How interesting about the ladder, too!!

Theanne said...

Dina...great story about the ladder...the stone details are beautiful!

John McElveen said...

The Arch is magnificent--Great eye!

John

Sara said...

Well, I've added a new word to my vocabulary...if only I can remember it next time I might need it! I do love those pulvinate details and the shadows they cast.

sparrow said...

Poofim! That's wonderful, - the plural of pooffee (French)? I wonder if the French stole it from the Ottomans or the Ottomans stole it from the French?

Cassie said...

Very nice Shadow Shots. Boofin or poofin...they leave exquisite shadows! Followed the link on the status quo and found that quite interesting. Have a good weekend.

Doru said...

Amazing stone details!
Regards and best wishes!

Birdman said...

What a story about this ladder! So simple. So important to the story, to this building.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful arches! Thanks for joining SS2!

Brass Kettle Shadow.

Have a blessed Sunday!
Rose, SS2 Team

JM said...

Beautiful details, Dina!

NixBlog said...

A lovely series of photos to illustrate this beautiful hymn, Dina.
I remember doing a lot of standing in church when I was a child in Greece. I am glad there are seats in churches in Australia now...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I love the story of the ladder! People do silly things in the name of religion and politics, don't they? :)

Shadowlands

Reader Wil said...

I read a lot about the Holy Sepulchre in my book about Jerusalem. The photos show how beautiful this building is.

Kay said...

No kidding? That's amazing about the ladder. The stonework is really beautiful.

Costin Comba said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for that you share with us. Have a nice week. Greetings from Romania.