Catching A Glimpse

5 Mar

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Entering The Metropolitan Cathedral of Malta in Medina my eyes were drawn to the floor. There are a large number of gravestones along the central passage. Most of these are not actually tombs but commemorative art in honor of Malta’s bishops. As in the Cathedral of St. John in Valletta the figures are often skeletons and skulls, but these are of a later period and show a fluidity of design not found in the more stringently baroque St. John’s.

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And some are a bit more lyrical.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral is dedicated to St. Paul. The cathedral’s ceilings are covered with frescoes and paintings depicting the shipwreck of St Paul on Malta in A.D. 60. This event colors all of Malteze history and influences many of the religious celebrations on the island as well as the naming of many important locations on the island like St. Paul’s Bay.

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It is so hard to capture the intricacy of what is here. We hope you catch a glimpse of what we saw.

 

3 Responses to “Catching A Glimpse”

  1. Eleni Cahn March 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Dear Jill & Dana,

    We are enjoying the your trip descriptions very much. It is like taking a course on Malta and fine it so educational. It is fun to live vicariously!

    Just to let you know that Gilles is under hospice care now and needs oxygen 24/7. He will be leaving us shortly, I think. He is still able to read your blog so please continue as it is enjoyable to him.

    Love to both of you.

    Leni Cahn

    • Jill March 7, 2017 at 1:33 am #

      Dear Leni and Gilles,
      It is wonderful to know my words and Dana’s pictures are reaching you both. I wish I was there to hug you now. You are so dear to us. Know that you are in our thoughts and our hearts. And I will be thinking of you as I write.

      With much love for you and Gilles,
      Jill and Dana

  2. Derek March 5, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    A glimpse, yes. And thank you

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