An ancient capital reflected in the glass ramp that leads to
the Church of the Flagellation, which was originally built by the Crusaders in the 12th century.
The Convent (monastery) of the Flagellation now belongs to the Franciscans.
The external wall of the sanctuary is the 2nd Station of the Way of the Cross, marking the imposition of the cross.
(A post for Weekend Reflections.)
I see that many readers are freaked out by the name Church of the Flagellation (or Scourging).
It refers, of course, to the whipping Jesus got from the Romans in that place.
But by some strange coincidence, I now notice that today is Ashura, a major Shi'ite holiday marked by bloody self-flagellation.
I just saw a YouTube video from Lebanon but will spare you by not giving the link.
The Shi'ite men walk through the street in procession, rhythmically whipping their bare back with chains, or hitting their head and chest, or cutting their scalp with razor blades or swords.
The street is literally running with blood.
The most shocking is to see a few fathers cutting on the head of their young sons!