Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gethsemane at closing time

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A few more pictures from my recent short trip back to Jerusalem, these for Skywatch Friday.
Such a blue late afternoon sky above the Mount of Olives!
The golden tiles of the mosaic reflected the setting sun with blinding light. 


I never noticed there is a little mosaic on the side of the facade too.
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I came at closing time (for a special event) and the usual throngs of tourist groups were gone, allowing one to see and hear much more. 
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Inside, the mosaics of the ceiling of the Church of All Nations were recently painstakingly cleaned and repaired and now they sparkle.
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UPDATE, Thursday evening:
I should have added this nice video about the restorers.  You will be happy you watched it.
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(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)
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15 comments:

Hels said...

I have taken lots of photos from the front, but have also never seen the mosaics on the side of the facade or the ceiling. Next time!

Dina said...

Hels, really? I'll post some ceiling shots soon. Each country who donated to the erection of the basilica has its own part of the ceiling.
I have one shot of the Great Seal of the United States up there. :)

VP said...

Mosaics on the side? I have to come back!

William Kendall said...

It's an incredible entrance, Dina.

Dina said...

VP, well I'm glad I'm not the only one who never saw the side one. Yes, you are due for a visit.

William, the church is almost a hundred years old, but the famous Italian Barluzzi.

Christian Weiß said...

That is a beautiful church, I made also only photos from the front.

Jim said...

Beautiful.
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Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful views, Dina.

Bill Nicholls said...

Beautiful looking building

José Mendonça said...

What a gorgeous façade!

Heather said...

Beautiful backdrop for a beautiful building. My Skies

crystal said...

So pretty :) It reminds me a lottle of the chapel at Stanford University ... http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Memorial_Church.jpg

Adullamite said...

I never got in there. It closed as I arrived. tsk!

toby said...

That is a funny coincidence, yes. I fixed your link, it had been aiming back to me...
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Spiderdama said...

Special place! I like to be there, and like others I will be back