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Tagged With: Church

TRAVELS In The Land Of The Catharists …

THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN SECT in the 12th and the 13th century, all over Europe but mainly in the Southwest of France. A purists order, who hated the catholic structures of the church and the papal Rome, preached the simple life and lived in seclusion in fortresses on top of rocky cliffs and almost unreachable … Weiterlesen »

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ART THEFT … And Then came George!

FIRST OF ALL – you might know The Cloisters in New York, this seeming- ly mispla- red roma- nic-gothic monas- tery on the nor- thern tip of Manha- ttan, overlooking the big city. Naturally, you called it a copy, as I did for years.Then you discover, that the Metropolitan Museum, only a couple of miles … Weiterlesen »

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QUESTION What Happened To The Bell Towers?

WHEN TRAVELLING BETWEEN AVIGNON AND PERPIGNAN, you encounter churches with silly looking wrought iron construction for bellfries. On some enormous towers sit delicate metal tops, much too small in appearance, compared to the towers underneath, holding a bell (or two) and almost invisible from a distance. Why didn’t they finish the church towers properly, why … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS The Old Prison Is Like New …

IT’S CALLED „CARCER TULLIANUS“, was built around 300 B.C. and was used for more than a 1000 years – in all of its ancient cruelty, unchanged and with a horrifying reputation. You find it right in the centre of the Italian capital Rome, on the edge of the legendary Forum Romanum (in the map look … Weiterlesen »

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DISCOVERY The Viking’s Graffiti in Istanbul

I CONFESS I HAD NO IDEA that the VIKINGS came to Istanbul/Konstantinople and left something (otherwise looting the town ruthlessly). But my dear old friend Hamit, the omniscient guide you can meet in the shadow of a plane tree in the garden of the Topkape Palace, showed me this curiosity as well – grafittis of … Weiterlesen »

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RELIGION Follow The Arrows …

THE PEACEFUL AND SUCCESSFUL ADVANCE OF THE ISLAM in Christian countries is, in my opinion, strongly manifested in ARROWS! In those small, sometimes discreet signs in international hotels all over Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Ocenania, all pointing in one direction – to Mecca! I found them on the ceilings of rooms (in the „Swiss … Weiterlesen »

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ART A Conversation Piece … (No. 51)

The church in Borja (Spain) is wonderful and 400 years old. The oil painting of Jesus, originally from the 19th century, was also a good on in the adapted style of Guido Reni, I would say. But the church fell into oblivion and the painting rotted away. There was not much left of the suffering … Weiterlesen »

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FAITH A Conversation Piece … (No. 43)

The island of course is Giglio. Unknown even to most Italians but world famous after the cruiseship „Costa Concordia“ ran ashore in front of the island’s harbor by the same name on the 13th January of 2012, capsized because of the negligence of her crew and rested for months half hidden in the sea. 32 … Weiterlesen »

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TREES The Critic At Large … (No. 29)

Incense is tapped from the bark of the Boswellia tree in Somalia and Yemen (mainly). They slash the bark, the tree bleeds the raisin – and tapped trees produce seeds that germinate at only 16 %. In other words: The church and the parfume industry need so much incense that the trees don’t reproduce and … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Nice Advice … (No. 45)

In the Reich of the gigantic moskitoes, in the middle of the Finnish nowhere, 30 km west of Jyräskyla (see map) and on a peninsula between the lakes Jämsänvesi and Petäjävesi – jessus, you still want to go there? You should. For the wooden church of Petäjävesi, a unique House of God, built in the … Weiterlesen »

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