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small doorways to enter the church of the holy sepulchre, jerusalem: isreal photo/image 12

21 May

small doorways to enter the church of the holy sepulchre, jerusalem: isreal photo/image 12

This mural in the church of the holy sepulchre paints a very idealize picture of Christ’s death and resurrection. Colours are bright; the mural large in story; His body in good stead after the crucifixion; many hands to help. An idealize of death. The church is built around the tomb hewn in a cave outside the city. At least four Christian groups have ‘churches’ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. When they clean, armed guards oversee the cleaning as if one group cleans the space of another christian group, the ‘cleaners’ can put a claim in for space cleaned.

The doorways to enter the church are about 4 feet high. Small doorways. Why? The Crusaders built the doorways small so that if and when attacked in the Holy City horses of the attackers could not enter the church’s entrance square or the church itself. The hand to hand fighting between the crusaders and the turks must have been horrific in such tight, close quarters. Like a grave, as a tomb, while standing.

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One Response to “small doorways to enter the church of the holy sepulchre, jerusalem: isreal photo/image 12”

  1. Brendan Joyce May 22, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    Reblogged this on brendan joyce.

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