Friday, June 17, 2011

Shrine-ify it!

Although Israel is a predominantly Jewish country, it was interesting to see the influence of other religions there, namely Catholicism.  What I found most noteworthy was that every site deemed holy had a Catholic church plopped on top of it.

Check it:

Mary's home, where she was informed by angel Gabriel that she was pregnant? Now inside a church.
Joseph's carpentry shop?  Also inside a church.
The manger where Christ was born?  You guessed it: inside a church.
The home where the bedridden man with palsy was let down through the roof? Under a church.
The Garden of Gethsemane?  In front of a church (because they couldn't put one on top of it). But to compensate, the garden is fully gated.
The widely believed crucifixion site and nearby tomb? Yes, they too are inside a church - an enormous church.

View of Mary's home from the Church of Annunciation

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