Restoration was supposed to be yesterday's R word, until I found out it was Rodin's birthday.
Rodin won, but the restoration in the Romanian church on the top of Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee certainly deserves a post too, so here it is.
There is a man working up there on the scaffold.
You'll have to do the click trick to see him, and then another click on the photo that opens to see the man really well.
I think it was the top (canopy?) of the throne (cathedra) that he was meticulously painting.
He seemed aware that the saints on the dome above him were watching him work.
The Eastern Orthodox monastery was built in the mid-19th century with funds from Romania.
The Church of St. Elias was dedicated to the prophet Elijah and was the first religious structure built by Romanian Christians in the Holy Land.
The wall paintings (all around!) were added in 1912.
The Orthodox place is totally different in feeling and appearance from its more famous neighbor on Mt. Tabor, Barluzzi's Church of the Transfiguration.
A Catholic friend took me there in August for the Franciscan Mass on the Feast of the Transfiguration.
I'll show you more pictures from the mountain sometime soon.