Posts tagged ‘Virgin Mary’

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

Wishing Wall

Location: Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey
A wishing wall can be found near the House of the Virgin Mary where it’s said she spent the last days of her earthly life. According to tradition, you tie a piece of your cloth for every wish you make and when the wish is granted you come back and untie the cloth.

Popular among Catholic and Muslim devotees, the House of Mary sits on top of Mt. Koressos about five miles from the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was discovered in 1881 based on the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a Bavarian nun who was beatified on October 3, 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

Although several Popes had visited it in the past, the Roman Catholic Church has never officially declared its authenticity as the house of the Virgin Mary and Mother of Jesus.

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March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

Virgin Mary
Location: Lake Bled, Slovenia

While in Lake Bled, Slovenia, our guide took us to the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary located on the island in the middle of the lake. He directed us to the Virgin Mary statue on the altar.

“Look at her face,” he said. “Do you notice something?”

It was Caucasian just like how she is portrayed in Europe. What distinguished it from the others, though, was the artist’s decision to make it look like the Empress Maria Theresa, ruler of the Habsburg empire in the 18th century.

Virgin Mary
Another statue of the Virgin Mary had the same resemblance to the empress.

According to our guide, the practice wasn’t totally isolated during the time of her reign.

It was an artistic license brought to extreme for sure. But can we blame the artist?

Every artist past and present has faced (no pun intended) an unenviable challenge of depicting a subject that he hasn’t seen. The task becomes even more daunting when no physical description exists. As a result, we should look at his art with understanding and an open mind.

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May 14, 2016 at 9:45 am 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: House of the Virgin Mary

House of the Virgin Mary
Location: Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey

February 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm 10 comments

From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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