My World Tuesday: House of Pain?

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I'd love to live for a year near the Cathedral of St. John the Divine just so I could stare at the thing and take pictures every day. I marvel at the various styles of the carvings and the intense detail. I was struck this last visit by the agony in the faces of some of the figures. Maybe it's right that these figures are on the outside; the feeling inside is one of peace and hope and the sublime joy that comes with these. The Christian version of Chaos and Confusion, maybe. While I am intrigued by what's on the outside, I so want what is on the inside.

My World Tuesday

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  1. Amazing photos and it does indeed look like a house of pain! I hope that it isn't yours in any sense of the word, Sandy! Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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  2. museum, church or hospital?

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  3. I thought churches were supposed to be calming...not this one! I'd love to know the stories behind these carvings.

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  4. Pain - and beauty too.

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  5. Such pensive and sad carvings. I hope all is well and good on your end of the camera.

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  6. The anguish on some of those faces leaps out of the green. Powerful art.

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  7. religious stories are sometimes like this...

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  8. I guess the message here is "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will you rest." :)

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  9. Interesting sculptures.

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  10. There is probably a great story that goes with these sculptures.

    @EGWow: very good :)

    word verification is feist, these outside persons are quite feisty

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  11. Beautiful sculptures on the cathedral.

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  12. alady'slife9:58 PM

    I also love to look at such things and wonder.
    I also feel the sadness and I think
    they are sad for the world and indeed the world is in need of something different other than chaos.

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  13. human sacrifices through the ages.:p these are very interesting sculptures.

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  14. The expressions on the faces tell us one thing.... that tragedy ha always been with us.

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  15. Many stories there on those mute sculptures. Great captures.

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  16. Sandy: Some artist can show the darnedest things,

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  17. These are magnificent carvings.
    Great captures Sandy.

    R e g i n a

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  18. fascinating! couldn't expect those sculptures of tortured people outside the church. quite interesting!

    My world is here.

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