Sunday, July 10, 2011

A grotto with a door

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For Monday Doorways meme here is a peek into the grotto in which John the Baptist may have lived.
Enlarge the photo and see Elisabeth and her son John painted on the wall.

And here we stand inside his cave and look out past the open door.
The Jerusalem Hills are round about.

The Franciscan monastery and church are built over the grotto.
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18 comments:

  1. Wonderful, I've never seen this before... wonderful place full of history...

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  2. Oh wow! This is so very wonderful and interesting, Dina. It's just so charming and beautiful. I would love to see this in person.

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  3. I don't know if John the Baptist ever lived there, but the whole area has a natural, old, even primitive look about it. How wonderful that it all survived. Even better, Franciscan monasteries were usually built in meaningful locations!

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  4. A beautiful historical place Dina, I would explore this personally...
    Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Not a bad place to live for John the Baptist. In an ocean of English terms, grotto is another wayward Italian word (grotta) who found its place in the world.

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  6. I love the historical significance to your photos, especially this one. Interesting lighted doorway too.

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  7. What a lovely romantic place! His life, however ended in the most cruel way. In Cornwall there is a town named after this event. It's Penzance( Holy Headland).Beautiful post, Dina!

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  8. i was thinking this looked like a nice roomy doorway into the cave, until I saw the monastery above which rather dwarfs it!

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  9. It looks very enchanting....more like the home of a character in a fairy tale than John the Baptist.

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  10. I guess we can't know for sure, but it's beautiful to imagine. What a gorgeous place.

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  11. Such a picturesque place, with those flowers and the green!

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  12. What a wonderful place this is!

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  13. What gorgeous and mystical photos.

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  14. Ahh, yes! The first photo is absolutely stunning with the illumined 'doorway' and the green and grey of the cave a growth.

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  15. I recognize this place.. wonderful! That last picture is so lovely with the flower hanging down.
    Hope you have happy days Dina:-)
    Bless you!

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  16. What a fantastic place! Glad you've shown it, Dina.

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  17. Dear Dina,
    i am happy that you posted these photos. The place is in my heart.
    Love, Nicole

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