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CHURCH OF SAINT PETER IN GALLICANTU
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(c) Daniel Amarilio
Please give Humanity wisdom
To eliminate the Poverty in the World.
So that the rich become richer.
So that no Poverty exists.
So that no Parent bury his Child.
So that our wonderful Planet is safe.
So that we to live with Joy, in Peace and surrounded by
So that we will glorify You through our short lives,
finished even before
So that to hear New prayers coming from every humans
Which is the same for every Human in this World,
independently rich or
poor, white or colored, Abraham or Buddhas children.
Because I believe only in Goodness..
Catholic - Assumptionist Order
Located on the eastern slopes of Mount Zion
Few structures combine the ancient with the new as successfully as
the dazzling Church of St. Peter on the eastern slopes of Mount
Zion. Erected in 1931 to commemorate Peter's triple rejection of
Jesus and his subsequent remorse, the church is an amazing blend of
contemporary lines, primitive art, and antiquity.
Beneath the church are a series of carved-out chambers from the
Second Temple period. Since Catholic tradition positions the palace
of Caiaphas on this very site, it logically follows that Jesus may
have been imprisoned in one of these very same underground crypts.
A Byzantine shrine dedicated to Peter's repentance was erected on
this spot in the middle of the fifth century and was later destroyed
by Moslem invaders. The chapel was rebuilt by the Crusaders and
given a new name: St. Peter's in Gallicantu. Galli-cantu means
cock-crow in Latin and today a golden rooster protrudes prominently
from the sanctuary roof.
At least one tour guide believes that the grotto in which Jesus was
held is missing a pillar. It is to this column that Jesus was tied,
he reports, and notes that when the Crusaders rebuilt the Byzantine
shrine they removed the sacred pillar.
The extraordinary church interior is a giant, multi-colored mosaic
portraying New Testament figures. Most of the colors are joyous and
lively; they also fade into one another and offer subtle gradients
of each shade. Perhaps the most striking feature of this unusual
church is the ceiling. It is dominated by a huge cross-shaped window
designed in a radiant variety of colors.
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