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Mind the children


Before I started the tour of the backpackers hostels, we were on our way to Caphernaum. Close to that archaelogical site is a Greek Orthodox church. The interior was decorated with paintings, literally from top to bottom. The part of one mural that caught my eye, was this picture of a holy man (no indication of who it would be - but probably someone from the orthodox past) holding children against his heart.



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  • Ray
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2016, 00:31
Quite fabulous, Louis, and very much in the style of religious murals in Thai temples.
Louis: This is the kind of place, where I needed a fish eye lens. Laying on my back, I could probably have caught all murals and roofals in one go.
amazing artwork...
Louis: I agree, Larry.
Amazing, Louis!
Louis: I thought so, too, Elizabeth.
A fabulous piece of art Louis!
Louis: Rather special and clear in its expression, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Feb 2016, 06:41
He loves them Louis
Louis: Probably the orthodox patron saint for children, St Nicholas of Myra.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Feb 2016, 06:50
I have never seen a religious picture like this before, Louis
Louis: It was a first timer for me as well, Lisl.
Jesus, however, said, "Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these." -- Matthew 19:14
Louis: A well known passage. But the figure is clearly and older person, so could not be Jesus. There was no-one about, that could provide info at the time I was in the church. My best guess is that it could be the orthodox patron saint for children, St Nicholas of Myra.
That is too weird!
Louis: Close to the heart, Mary
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Feb 2016, 11:14
This is such a 'speaking' picture. A wonderful,paining with a deeper meaning, protect the children, don't harm the children. What a find.
Louis: It was a special find for me too, Astrid.
It is a wonderful painting, the children on the right are excellent, I presume the others are supposed to be clutched to his chest, but I find that part rather strange.
Louis: I can only guess that it was the best way the painter could come up, to portray "holding the children dear to (or close to) his heart".
A very nice and interesting image.
Louis: I thought so too, Martin.
He has a saintly halo Louis.
Louis: I believe he is an orthodox patron saint, gutteridge.
A rather disturbing image!
Louis: In a sense it is, yes, Tom
Whatever this is the people in it don't look very happy
Louis: If one would come across children that need looking after, I guess the finder won't be happy and the children wouldn't be happy as well.
it is a wonderful mural Louis... i love the theme of taking care of the children... our future....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter - it is sad when parents don't take care of their children.
I like that you shared this...
the children look up to this figure, Louis. nice frame here.

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