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The way of grief - fifth posting

 

I am still on the Via Dolorosa, nearing the end of the road. The very large structure, all around this square, is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built on Golgotha ("Calvary" in Latin), where Jesus was crucified.

 

Station 10 is the little Chapel of the Franks in the corner, with the big window and sashes. This station commemorates that Jesus was stripped of his garments. Mark 15: 24 "And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take".

 

The Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD built a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite in order to bury the cave in which Jesus had been buried. (This building contains a cave in which it is said that Jesus was buried - there are two other claims in Jerusalem). The first Christian emperor, Constantine the Great, ordered in about 325 AD that the temple be replaced by a church. A fire and later an earthquake damaged the original building. In 1009 AD Muslim rulers had the church destroyed and forced Christians to adopt Muslim law - for all purposes, they had to convert to become Muslims. About 20 years later the Byzantine Empire convinced the Muslim leaders to allow rebuilding of the church and recanting of Muslim faith by erstwhile Christians. In periods of repair and reconstruction, various denominations added their own little piece. The result is that this bits and pieces building became the focus of differences about control, which is now shared between several Christian denominations and secular entities in complicated arrangements. The main part is that no building or alterations will take place, without agreement of all parties.

 

When these agreements were reached, a mason was doing something for which he required the ladder. Everything had to stop promptly and the ladder was left there - somewhere in the middle of the 18th century and cannot be taken away. The ladder is now the symbol of irreconcilable differences.

 

 

comments (18)

Irreconcilable differences will do us in...
Louis: Strange attitudes from churches, who should know the Bible, Larry
I really like your image of this place- the light and shadows are great. Crazy about the ladder...
Louis: Thanks Elizabeth - that ladder is something special
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2016, 02:26
Somehow, Louis, it is hard for me to see this as Calvary, when I am more used to a stark hill with 3 wooden crosses.
Louis: You will have noticed the last few posts, there were a lot of steps in the streets - meaning that the road was ascending. This church is on the hill, but like much in the Old City, the ground is 100% covered by buildings and paving - some leveling will have been done in the building process. Anyway, one don't see the hills, you just know you are going up- or downwards. What I forgot to mention is that Calvary was outside the city of that time, while today it is inside the Old City walls. Still, I agree that it is difficult to see the hill with crosses, when looking at this picture. Too many years of strife and alterations went by.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Jun 2016, 04:17
Oh que c'est beau ! J'aime beaucoup.
Louis: Merci Martine
I love that little chapel in the corner Louis!
Louis: Nice looking on its own, Richard
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 20 Jun 2016, 06:28
This particular Station seems even more steeped in history, Louis
Louis: If you like history, you will love this place, Lisl. One can write a proper paper just about the history of this one church..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jun 2016, 06:49
Oh, the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre- how often did I stand there before or sat on the stony benches - a wonderful quiet image!
Louis: I was sitting on the steps, having a break; with dates, pistachio sweets and water. I sat there for half and hour. This plain filled up and emptied out many times.
Without reading your write-up, Louis, one would never know by looking at this that so much hate and mistrust and antagonism is represented here!
Louis: This is the country of Jews and Muslims. No love lost. So what was surprising, was to learn that Christain churches was experiencing a major case of mistrust. That excludes all Protestant churches ...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2016, 07:37
Wish I was there, I'd like to know what it feels like in the wake of such momentous events Louis
Louis: As someone who is interested in history and did a lot of reading on the places and countries I visit, I did feel very aware of what took place all over the land - and sometimes wondered how it would have been to be an ordinary citizen at certain times.
Absolutely fascinating Louis.
Louis: Indeed so, gutteridge.
You got a very nice shot here and without the many people.
Louis: Thank you Mary. I was sitting on the steps, having a break; with dates, pistachio sweets and water. I sat there for half and hour. This plain filled up and emptied out many times.
Great image Louis, and better for not having too many people about. Oh what a tangled history it has though, but it is a grand looking building.
Louis: The number of people, was just luck of the moment, Brian. Grand it is.
A quite amazing history, Louis...We should learn from the ladder.
Louis: That ladder is meaningful, I agree Frank.
Interesting architectural styles.
Louis: This shot doesn't show everything - but you are right - the plural applies.
At one time in my less than illustrious working life I sold ladders. I am glad i do not belong to any religious sect
Louis: So you were into supporting those with higher aspirations smile Well, if you belonged to one of them, you would have had to make your own ladder.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jun 2016, 09:08
A lovely story to match the fine photograph. I have never come across the ladder as a symbol of irreconcilable differences. More a bridge between, but I understand the context here.
Louis: Sort of crazy stuff that happens around this Calvary place. Thanks blackdog.
this has been quite the series through the Stations of the Cross Louis... we have always called it Calvary... i had never herd the name Golgotha before this series....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. Golgotha is derived from the Aramaic and refers to the place of the skull.
I really like your image!
Louis: Thank you Roland.

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