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Temple Offerings

Temple Offerings For Sale, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Located in the royal palace complex in capital of  the former Kingdom of Kandy, the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic houses a relic of the tooth of the Buddha.  Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. Flowers are a typical offering in temples in Sri Lanka.

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A Holy Book

Religious Text on Altar, Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark

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Golden Bells

It’s in the Details

Golden Bells, Tower of Hope, part of the former Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California

Christ Cathedral, once called the Crystal Cathedral and the site of televangelist Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power,” is now part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in Garden Grove, California. The Golden Bells are part of the exterior architectural elements of the Tower of Hope, a 13-story office complex on the grounds of the church.  Designed in 1968 by  architect Richard Neutra and his son Dion, the Tower of Hope was the tallest building in Orange County when it opened. The fiberglass golden bells, donated by Walt Disney and known as the “Disney Bells,” don’t ring

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Sacred Details: The Ceiling of the Clérigos Church

Look Toward the Heavens

 

 

 

The Clérigos Church in Porto, Portugal, was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an extensive body of work in the north of Portugal during the 18th century.

Construction of the church proper began in 1732 and was completed in 1750; the bell tower and the monumental divided stairway in front of the church were completed in 1763.  The Clérigos Church was one of the first baroque churches in Portugal to adopt a typical baroque elliptic floor plan, which is reflected in the ceiling and its decoration.

The coat of arms of the Brotherhood of the Clerics was created after the Fraternity of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Peter ad Vincula and St. Philip Neri joined to become what is now called the Brotherhood in 1707.The coat of arms combines the monogram of Mary (AM), the keys and the papal tiara of St. Peter, and the lily of St. Philip Néri.  See for further information.  http://www.torredosclerigos.pt/en/brotherhood-clerics/brotherhood-history

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Towering Glass

Crystal Bells

The bell tower at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Formerly the Crystal Catherdal of Rev. Robert Schuller, the church is now the cathedral of the Diocese of Orange. Built in 1981.

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Avenue of the Sphinxes

Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt

An avenue of sandstone sphinxes stretches over 1.5 miles from the Temple of Luxor to the Temple of Karnak. At one time, over 1300 statues lined the road, which was used annually for the Opet Festival honoring the ancient Egyptian god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. The the sacred pathway was used as early as the 15th century BCE.  The pharaoh Nectenabo I (380-362 BCE) built the existing avenue and lined it with sphinxes bearing his name. Most of the sphinxes have human heads, but some earlier statues near Karnak have rams heads. In 2004, the Egyptian government began a massive excavation and restoration project to restore the road and its sphinxes, many of which had deteriorated, been buried in the sand, or used for other projects by the Romans and others.  Large sections of the avenue linking the two temples have been completed.

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