Amelia G. Alvarez Mon May 28 13:40:19 UTC 2018
Amelia the Lost Wanderer: welcome to the Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is said to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. A church has sat here continuously since Byzantine Emperor Constantine built a chapel on this spot in the 4th century AD. This was superseded by a 6th-century basilica, commissioned by Emperor Justinian, which was again built over by the Crusaders in the 12th century. The central doorway shows this overlap work of many centuries, with the original door surround and the relief-decorated architrave of Justinian's church still in place. The Crusaders reduced the size of the entrance, inserting a doorway with a pointed arch and walling in the upper part of the original one. Later, the doorway was further reduced in order to prevent the Mamluks from riding into the church on horseback. It is now only 1.2 meters high so that visitors must bend down on entering. Inside, the interior has essentially preserved the tranquil monumental trappings of the 6th century. In the north transept, are the Armenian Altars of the Virgin and the Three Kings; in the south transept is the Altar of the Circumcision, which belongs to the Greeks. From the south transept, a finely-carved doorway gives access to the stairs leading down to the Grotto of the Nativity; the actual place where Jesus is said to have been born is marked by a silver star. For Christian pilgrims, this tiny grotto is a place of deep religious significance and the major highlight of a visit here. The clerestory of the church's nave is borne on four rows of eleven monolithic columns with Corinthian capitals. Two openings in the floor allow visitors to see mosaics on the floor of Emperor Constantine's church of AD 325, which is 60 centimeters below the present floor level. Paintings from the Crusader period have been preserved on the columns and on the clerestory walls. On the south side are depicted the ancestors of Christ, whilst on the columns are pictures of figures of saints and Baldwin I's (first King of Jerusalem in the Crusader era) helmet. #ameliasworldtittletattle #ameliatheexplorer #ameliathehistorian #ameliastraveljourney #seekingthebirthplaceofJesus #myvoyage2018 #travello #travellolife #wheninbethlehemđŸ‡”đŸ‡ž
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Amelia G. Alvarez Sun Jun 24 19:01:59 UTC 2018
@MarioEdmundoIriasBanegas pardon me, I couldn’t understand your comment! 😎
Mario Edmundo Irias Banegas Wed May 30 16:59:59 UTC 2018
Eres critiana?