By Simon Goldhill
Jerusalem is the positioning of a few of the main well-known spiritual monuments on this planet, from the Dome of the Rock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall of the Temple. because the 19th century, town has been a most excellent vacationer vacation spot, no longer least as a result of the numerous non secular pilgrims from the 3 Abrahamic faiths. yet Jerusalem is greater than a vacationer site—it is a urban the place each sq. mile is layered with old value, non secular depth, and impressive tales. it's a urban rebuilt by means of each one ruling Empire in its personal method: the Jews, the Romans, the Christians, the Muslims, and for the previous sixty years, the fashionable Israelis. What makes Jerusalem so precise is the heady combine, in a single position, of centuries of ardour and scandal, kingdom-threatening wars and petty squabbles, architectural beauty and weird relics, religious longing and political cruelty. it's a historical past marked via 3 nice forces: faith, struggle, and monumentality. during this publication, Simon Goldhill takes in this strange archaeology of human mind's eye, wish, and catastrophe to supply a travel during the heritage of this so much image-filled and ideology-laden city—from the bedrock of the previous urban to the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre. alongside the way in which, we find via layers of buried and uncovered memories—the lengthy background, the forgotten tales, and the lesser-known features of latest politics that proceed to make Jerusalem essentially the most embattled towns on the earth. (20080415)
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In this chapel alone we can see an organ. The shaven monks in their brown habits contrast immediately with the Greek priests in black with their long beards. It is as if we are in a European church. The Latin community in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre arrived later than the Greeks and the Armenians—its presence was established only after the crusader capture of the city in 1099. But especially in the nineteenth century, the European powers of France and Italy in particular engaged in heavy political lobbying to increase the power of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem, and the Franciscans were at the forefront of this power play.
Immediately, a cluster of candles is passed through the hole in the south side of the edicule, and an Armenian layman runs helter-skelter to the gallery to present them to the Armenian patriarch. From the hole on the north side, candles are rushed to the catholicon, the Greek chapel at the center of the church. Amid scenes of fervid excitement, the patriarch emerges with candles, and the light is spread throughout the church. The Greek Orthodox clergy explain quietly that this is not a miracle.
Jerusalem: City of Longing by Simon Goldhill