All religions must be tolerated... for... every man must get to heaven his own way.
~Frederick the Great
Today I thought I'd share a few pictures with you of some places I love to visit. No, I'm not talking about graveyards, though as you all know I LOVE wandering through cemeteries. In fact, sometimes I think dead people are a lot more interesting than live ones! LOL
For example, this picture was taken yesterday at the Cathedral de Barcelona. (more on this later). It is the sepulchral of the Count and Countess Barcelona, who in 1058 founded the cathedral.
Their tombs hang on the wall of the church under those beautiful fresco type paintings. So very unique. Something I hadn't seen before.
For those of you who'd like to take an armchair tour to meet a few other dead people, I've put all my pics (so far) in a album online in photobucket. So, if you're interested, head HERE.
But another place I love spending time in is a church or cathedral. And in Europe I've hit the jackpot. The number of churches here are legion and I just wish I had time to see all of them. I try...some of my best distractions turn out to be churches. Beautiful, serene, some filled with priceless art, some with dead people, but every one I've been to over here has had an air of peace and love in it, no matter how many tourists are milling around.
I always light a candle, even though I'm not 'religious'. I pray, though, because I know God doesn't care what denomination I am or am not. As long as I love him, that's what matters. And it's because of this I can enjoy churches of all kinds. I've lit a candle at Notre Dame in Paris, heard mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in London, and even sat through a Russian Orthodox service in Macau I couldn't understand, but enjoyed anyway.
My point is, when I visit a church, for a service or not, I'm tuning into the vibrations of the building itself. What it stands for...what it's experienced over time. And I can sit and soak in that peace for hours.
So, I thought I'd share some of the beautiful places I've seen. Enjoy!
Probably my favorite church on the planet. Beautiful and with an air of peace that defies the thousands of sometimes rude tourists who swarm over it. I spent many days here.
Sitting just outside the Louvre, in Paris, I stumbled up this little gem quite by accident. But it's beauty and quiet serenity brought me back several times.
Another little church I came upon as I was just walking in Paris. The rounded, beautiful interior caught my eye immediately. But it was the absolute silence that kept me sitting there for a very long time.
Saint Maria del Mar
This was the first church I discovered in Barcelona. Set in a busy square, once you go inside, there is nothing but soft murmured prayers and peace. Already a favorite.
And Finally, a couple of pictures of the beautiful cathedral we discovered yesterday.
Cathedral de Barcelona
As you can see it is quite magnificent. These two pics don't do it justice, so if you want, take a moment and google it. You'll see exactly why this is one of the most visited churches in Spain.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your armchair tour. I'll be back on Friday with a new Lighter Side blog. And this one will really send you into orbit!
Have a great hump day!