Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nativity Grotto

Grotto of the Nativity, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank
Grotto of the Nativity, Church of the Nativity
Bethlehem, West Bank, May 1995

7 comments:

cieldequimper said...

OK, forgive my absolute lack of religious culture: are these wax or real?

I really like the warm colours.

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - They're real and are celebrating mass at the altar built over the (alleged) place where Jesus was born.

tapirgal said...

This is actually a little creepy. I thought it was Madame Tussaud's! Thanks for the explanation; it certainly has a lot of meaning for many people and is something you don't see every day. I saw one grotto, and it was in Sicily. It was more theatrical than real, so I would have been very confused if you hadn't said what it was!

cieldequimper said...

Oh thanks Tapirgal. I feel a little less stupid now.

amatamari© said...

Wonderful!

Dina said...

Too bad Bethlehem is now legally off limits to me.
Nice photo.

Tinsie said...

Wonderful shot! Thanks for sharing :-)