Architecture Moments™ 10: Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land

in Architecture+Design2 years ago (edited)

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The Central Altar of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

If you haven't been to Israel yet, this more than a century-old religious sanctuary in Washington D.C., USA offers you fascinating architectural encounters of American replicas of The Holy Land and more.

Ever since I began traveling to the North American continent, investing time for architectural tours has always been my top priority. And while the United States is blessed with plenty of fabulous built environments of various genres, the country's overwhelming number of sacred monuments is likewise a must-visit for architecture and design enthusiasts. On this particular trip, I was destined for the nation's capital city and was simply eager to discover for myself what this sacred sanctuary was all about.

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Entrance Signage with Facade of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Perched on top of a hill named Mount Saint Sepulcher and situated at the intersection of the 14th and Quincy Streets in the Brookland community of Northeast Washington D.C., the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land is our special feature for the 10th Edition of Architecture Moments™. Walk with me as I gladly present to you virtual glimpses of this one-of-a-kind landmark.

Did you know that the Franciscans are a group of Catholic religious practitioners that was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209?

This particular order consists of the Order of Friars Minor, the Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis. They conform to the spiritual doctrines and educational practices of the original founder, including their core affiliates namely Anthony of Padua, Clare of Assisi, and Elizabeth of Hungary.

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Main Entry Gates of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land

During my high school days, my undivided attention was glued to their remarkable stories as narrated by our academic institution's priests, clergy, and catechism teachers. Fast forward to today's pilgrimage, it further unfolded an excellent opportunity for me to study their current advocacies, programs, services, and most importantly, the spectacular architecture embodying the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land. The entire complex highlights a church, a secluded Franciscan monastery, and related spaces encompassing a communal environment of statuaries, chapels, shrines, gardens, and burial grounds.

Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Exterior)

Upon entering the gates of this religious landmark, I was greeted by its iconic centerpiece, a Neo-Byzantine-styled church.

This prestigious building was constructed in 1899, sporting a buff tone (medium to dark tan color) as designed by its Italian architect Aristides Leonori, born in Rome and who was a recognized specialist building churches and other religious structures.

The commission required him to travel to The Holy Land in Israel to record actual measurements, document details, and capture photographs of the mentioned sites to be replicated in the D.C. sanctuary. Regardless of the hot weather, I endured the scorching heat outside on purpose merely to marvel at the built creation in front of me. It definitely took a while to grasp the reality of my presence there.

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Exterior of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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Exterior of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

"Isn't that an amazing piece of architecture!? It may not completely resemble the original church in Israel, but it surely gives you the feeling of being there!" I pondered while continuously gazing at its exterior splendor.

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The Original Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel | Source

To confirm my thoughts, I did a bit of research by asking around and discovered that the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher in D.C. is actually an inspired architectural model of its primary edifice in Israel's city of Jerusalem.

This holy ground in Jerusalem is said to be the actual site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, a significant global location for Christianity, thus becoming a highly visited destination for pilgrims and faithful around the world.

It's probably the reason why they added the word "Memorial" to its D.C, replica as part of its official name. With its floor plan mimicking the fivefold Jerusalem cross, this building embodies the Neo-Byzantine character, with references to the majestic Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, now known as the city of Istanbul in Turkey. Some interesting Romanesque details were eventually merged with the overall design.

Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Interior)

Approaching the entrance doors of the church, it was now time to be more intimate with this renowned shrine. After stepping inside, my head and eyebrows raised while my eyes widely opened to an incredible smorgasbord of religious paintings, sculptures, mosaics, imagery, stained glass windows, symbolisms of Catholicism, plus distinctive ecclesiastical elements.

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Floor Layout of the Five-Fold Jerusalem Cross

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Central Interior of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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Neo-Byzantine Architecture of the Main Interior

"Because of the presence of relics here, pilgrims find this holy place immensely spiritual compared to other religious sites, intensifying their close feelings to the pain and suffering Jesus Christ have undergone on the Cross," our assigned church guide explained.

Our honorable tour master was a friendly Black fellow, who with his amazing narrations, transported us back in time to the ancient streets of Israel. During this occasion, my companions and I were the only ones there, feasting on the entire venue to ourselves. The heartwarming stories shared with us opened our hearts and minds to several incredible revelations covering this historic milestone.

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The Elevated Altar of Calvary behind me

Moving on to the other interior spaces within the church, I've noticed that elevated platforms were specially created on each side of the cross floor plan to represent significant events in Christ's life. Some of these included sculptural depictions and paintings of the Acts of Jesus and his Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the miraculous works of the Saints, most especially Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Jesus Christ with his Disciples and his Glorious Resurrection

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Altar of the Holy Spirit with Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and the Franciscans

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The Transfiguration showing Jesus and the Prophets Moses and Elijah

We had to ascend some steps towards these raised levels to have a sense of these narrative altars, each celebrating a crucial chapter in the historic pages of Christianity. These beautiful murals were typically divided by a lower area exhibiting marvelous frescos together with magnificent stained glass artworks above them. In my opinion, this desired arrangement portrayed the symbolism of Earth at the bottom segment while magnifying the heavenly kingdom on top.

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The Altar of Calvary

The Altar of Calvary, for instance, as similar to the other elevated spaces, has been set in that high elevation to mimic the actual height of Mount Calvary, the site of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

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Saint Francis of Assisi with his Divine Works

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The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

After being shown the different aspects on the ground level, our tour guide then brought us to a staircase leading to the basement section. This special area houses replicas from Nazareth, situated in the Lower Galilee region of Israel, and recognized as the humble home of the young child Jesus.

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Staircase leading to Nazareth at the Lower Levels

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View of the Church's Main Dome from the Nazareth grounds

Located in these lower chambers were also replicas of catacombs in Rome holding the important remains of St. Benignus, a religious martyr from the second century executed to death by the Roman Emperor, plus that of St. Innocent, a child martyr clearly exhibiting the persecution suffered by ancient Christians.

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The Annunciation of Mary by the angel Gabriel

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Sculptural Presentation of Heaven and Hell

I couldn't help but shed tears as we journeyed through the different phases of Jesus Christ's life, from his birth to his early childhood until the day of his sorrowful Crucifixion.

The architectural elements in these spaces were extremely realistic that it was simply impossible for me not to be moved by their emotional impact. Would you feel the same way if you were here?

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The Burial Tomb of Jesus Christ

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One of the Burial Chambers in Nazareth

Our tour guide narrated that Jesus' body was transferred to a burial chamber following the exact distance from the church, replicating the same tomb in its current location. What was even more interesting was that stone fragments from the real tomb in Jerusalem were also used as part of the D.C. replica's construction.

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The Holy Child Jesus

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Replica of the Birthplace of Jesus with Mary, Joseph, and 3 Kings

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The Manger where Jesus Christ was born

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One of the Auxiliary Altars of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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Sculpture depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ

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Various Memorabilia of the City of Jerusalem in Israel

The elaborate details within the church's interior spaces were definitely products of fine craftsmanship. The marvelous intricacies displayed by these ecclesiastical projects are undoubtedly profound labors of love, signifying the firm foundation of the faithful who contributed to these religious endeavors. After the extensive tour of its interior architecture, we expressed our big thanks and bid farewell to our kind tour guide while proceeding to the exterior environments on our own.

Other Landmarks in the Religious Complex

Aside from this complex's main attraction: the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher, there was still more to see at the sacred grounds. Because this community was located in a hilly neighborhood, I expected to breathe unpolluted air as well as experience a tranquil atmosphere which were all realized afterward.

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The Rosary Portico surrounding the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Rosary Portico was designed by John Joseph Earley, a well-known architect, artisan, and innovator in the creative use of concrete. This gorgeous enclosure was surrounded by 15 chapels, representing the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

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One of the Chapels within the Rosary Portico

Interestingly, each of these chapels consisted of plaques commemorating the Hail Mary translated in approximately 200 ancient and modern languages. This enlarged porch was aesthetically inspired by the Cloister of St. John Lateran in Rome including Saint Paul's Outside the Walls. Marks of Christian symbolism from Roman catacombs were also adorning its exterior facade.

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Lush Gardens of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land

On the outside, the monastery was tremendously decorated with vast gardens cultivated with exotic flowers, plant species, and a variety of trees. Here, we also discovered fabulous replicas of the Garden of Gethsemane, the tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Portiuncula Chapel as revived by St. Francis.

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One of the massive Flower Gardens at the Outdoors

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Panorama of the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes

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A replica of the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes

I've heard from other visitors that the Franciscan Monastery was planning a massive expansion of its outdoor facilities incorporating more private and solitary estates allowing ideal places for meditation, reflection, and prayer.

Perhaps on my next visit to this religious site, this welcoming news would be verified. Until then, I might as well just enjoy the serenity of the nature surrounding me during those moments.

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One of the Chapel at the Exterior Gardens

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Sacred Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We had no access to the existing Neo-Romanesque monastery of the Franciscans attached to the main church because visitors were not allowed to disturb the private quarters of this religious order.

A Remarkable Pilgrimage to Remember

Because this distinguished monastery is the headquarters of the Commissariat of the Holy Land for the United States of America, it mirrors a fundamental aspect of the historical significance of the Order of Friars Minor. Their core duty was geared towards the actual preservation of this national shrine for the valuable benefit of the American people as well as pilgrims from around the world.

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Interior of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Besides its religious purpose, my memorable visit to the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land was surely a sensual feast of architecture, with a particular focus on the outstanding characteristics of an ecclesiastical design. And while the original landmarks in Israel have heavily influenced the American replicas in its physical, visual, and functional manifestations, there's a much deeper connection involved - a spiritual attachment linking us to our Divine Creator who is the Master Architect of humanity's story of eternal salvation since time immemorial.

#Hive, what are your thoughts about the architecture and design of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land? Do you also participate in religious pilgrimages to sacred sites across the globe? Share your conversations in the comments.


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I have always wanted to get to know the Holy Land, especially to be able to see and feel the Al-Aksá mosque, the Dome of the Rock, the one that was the Mother House of the Order of the Temple and the model of many Romanesque architectures imported into the Iberian Peninsula. But Franciscan architecture also seems very interesting to me, above all, because many of the Templars and stonemasons who accompanied them on their formidable historical adventure, when the Order was abolished, entered that of San Francisco and in many of its constructions it is felt his imprint. Some magnificent photographs for a magnificent report. An affectionate greeting.

Hello dear @juancar347. As with the divine mysteries and remarkable stories regarding The Holy Land, their architectural marvels deserve our curiosity and attention. In addition, the Franciscan religious order was indeed a formidable force and a significant part of history. This included their tremendous influences spread across various civilizations like the Templars who protected ancient pilgrims and the Holy Sepulcher. This goes to show how profound the legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi was in the pages of religion, culture, and architecture. Best of health and wealth always! 😊

how are you dear friend @storiesoferne good day

How beautiful that it has been thought to recreate the beautiful constructions of the Holy Land; If these replicas look so beautiful, I don't want to imagine what the original buildings in Israel could be; That is a tourist destination that is on my wish list

What an interesting fact; That stones from the royal tomb were used in the construction of the replica; How much knowledge of the guide to narrate this detail

I love that you have invested your time in tours to see the beauties of the architecture of places as beautiful as these; I appreciate that you let us know these wonders

I like the idea of integrating the monastery buildings with nature; It is what we have been talking about for some time, the satisfaction of seeing the buildings in a natural environment

Thank you very much for letting us know this place, the beautiful photographs and the historical data

have a beautiful day

Greetings dear friend @jlufer. Truly, the amazing architectural reconstructions and remarkable replicas of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land were simply unbelievable at first. But you had simply to believe, surrender, and have faith, and the rest would follow. This was how I'd summarize my unforgettable experiences of this sacred sanctuary. Aside from the spiritual satisfaction, you also enjoy a magnificent taste of ecclesiastical architecture and design at its finest. The natural surroundings were also a huge bonus for all pilgrims of this religious complex. Thank you for your sincere admiration. Have a fantastic one! 😊

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it looks like you really enjoy the splendor of this architecture which is very beautiful @storiesoferne😍

You have a very impressive description and also you bring us the inspiration of splendor that is filled with the beauty of exterior and interior design of a world that lives through time ,,Although I've never been there, but by looking at the architectural design of the building from you, I feel like I'm there..

and @storiesoferne I hope you are always healthy and my greetings to you and your family.

Hello @deltasteem. Your beautiful remarks definitely created a huge smile on my face! If you were physically present on the holy grounds of this Franciscan Monastery, you would surely be impressed by the ecclesiastical designs of this religious monument. Thank you for walking with me in this publication to enjoy the virtual experiences of this special architectural tour. Until then, stay healthy as well. Warmest regards to your wonderful family! 😊

Franciscan Monastery replica in DC looks amazing, I can see the inspiration from the original. I particularly liked the interior, the ecclesial elements on the ceiling is what really grabs my attention with places like this. Much attention to detail and story telling at its finest.

Me personally, while I believe in God, I pray to the creator at Japanese shrines as there aren't many churches around. And the shrines are more peaceful and on my terms. Would love to visit some Christian holy grounds one day but until then....

Many thanks, bro @dmilliz for your sincere appreciation of my publication as well as your admiration for the architectural splendor of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land. I'm truly touched by your personal encounters with Japanese shrines because they offered you the intended spiritual connection with God. As much as you desire to continue your sacred relationship with our Divine Creator, I do hope that your planned visits to churches would be eventually realized. Until that time comes, here's to more blessings in your life journey there. Best wishes to your lovely family! 😊

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Greetings!! Dear @storiesoferne, all your content is wonderful, a beautiful replica elaborated by that great architect, raises to my thoughts how many architectural works converge with the spiritual, impossible not to be moved and even more so in these Lenten times of fasting and prayer remembering life of our Lord Jesus Christ, I think that, like you and I think that like most of the people who visit that monastery, I would be moved to tears just by meditating on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, a great place to connect with the plane spiritual, I would like to be able to visit both places like in the US, just like the one in Israel is fantastic, I love the way the portico of the rosary is designed, it is a very beautiful walk, which obviously you have to have a guide that explains to know each meaning of its structures, but with your content I feel very grateful because I lived it as if I were really in the place the flower gardens at outdoors and the chapels in the outside gardens are fabulous. Thank you very much for such valuable content, greetings and blessings!

Hello dear @armasdiaze. I'm truly glad my publication has touched you spiritually, especially due to its religious significance during this appropriate season of Lent. This is vital evidence of how powerful a magnificent work of sacred architecture can influence people from different walks of life through its ecclesiastical elements. The featured built environment of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land is certainly an incredible masterpiece produced by seasoned artisans, builders, craftsmen, artists, sculptures, and of course the original Architect. If you get the chance to visit Washington D.C. someday, I highly recommend the spiritual and architectural experiences here. Warm greetings! 😊

A monastery to explore in peace, that was what I felt when I saw the images, being there you should breathe a lot of peace. Awesome greetings.

Certainly @jhonnygo. Authentic peace of mind plus the serenity of spirituality were the valuable experiences I've found in this spectacular shrine. I invite you to visit this religious landmark someday to savor the same. Thank you and kind regards. 😊


Dear friend Erne, this visit of yours to the USA has been very productive from the point of view of Architecture, since you have given us some fantastic writings on architecture and, therefore, on the history and culture of the USA. This post, in particular, reflects your religious spirit, as well as your interest in the architectural aspect. The photographs, as always impeccable and full of details, help the reader to get to know the object of your photographic lens up close. Thank you for making us part of your interests and giving us your writings and photographs. Receive a brotherly hug.

Lots of thanks for your fantastic message dear friend, Benjamin! Certainly, my memorable pilgrimage to the American replica of The Holy Land: the Franciscan Monastery fulfilled 2 crucial aspects. Like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone, I fully savored the architectural as well as the spiritual significance of the sacred landmark. I became a better person after that particular visit. As always, I truly appreciate your continuous interest and immersion in my various publications. Have a safe, healthy, and productive one! 😊

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Wow, it's amazing that in the USA you can find so many amazing architecture - copies from all over the world. Like last time you told us about a part of Denmark in the USA. Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher in neo-Byzantine style causes admiration. The Italian architect Aristide Leonori did an amazing and meticulous job. Its interior decoration is striking in its grandeur, I especially liked the images with significant events in the life of Jesus Christ. Every detail of this stunning church is thought out to the smallest detail.
As you know, I often explore places of worship, but the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land is truly a blessedly spiritual place. I will imagine the feeling that you experienced when you were there.
Awesome post, thanks for sharing!

Indeed The USA has its own incredible world of architectural replicas that often resemble the real thing. My previous story about Solvang in California, for instance, was an interesting case study. Although this will be advantageous to locals who are unable to travel outside the American borders, it's even much better if they can reach other countries that hold the original landmarks. However, regardless of being smart copies of relevant monuments such as the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land, they are still effective in their primary mission - to influence visitors with their intended stories.

You have your own share of magnificent churches, temples, and sacred landmarks in Belarus. And with your frequent exposure to these spiritual places, it's no wonder you have accumulated a lot of professional experiences in their technical assessments. I'm joyful that you found our featured architecture here according to your remarkable taste. Thank you, as always, for your ever-supportive appreciation and marvelous contributions. Happy weekend! 😊

Greetings @storiesoferne before this blog of yours I never knew that such a replica exists, it is so amazing. I can only imagine the effort and amount of money used in building the replica. By the way, this is again a brilliant blog that captured my imagination.

Hey @afterglow, it's with great pleasure to share with you places of amazing architecture that you weren't aware of in the first place. As much as the American replica of The Holy Land is undoubtedly expensive, it has definitely fulfilled its primary advocacy of bringing the religious faithful closer to the Divine Source - a valuable achievement that no amount of money can ever produce. Would you agree? Have an enjoyable weekend kaibigan! 😊

a valuable achievement that no amount of money can ever produce. Would you agree? Have an enjoyable weekend kaibigan! 😊

Indeed, and I strongly agree with you kaibigan! 😊

Greetings @storiesoferne. You were on holy ground. Beautifully presented material as always. Spectacular level of detail in the architecture in these religious spaces and monuments. Thanks!

What a tremendous delight to see you again dear @xandra79! My amazing experiences with the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land were not only a religious pilgrimage in itself, but also an architectural journey that became a satisfying endeavor worth sharing on Hive. Hope to receive more of your fabulous stories about architecture and design in our beloved community soon. Take care and enjoy your weekend! 😊

My dear @storiesoferne. I am always inspired by your posts and comments. Thank you for sharing your experiences where you live architecture from the inside and show on the outside, its art, beauty and meaning. I have not been active in our beloved community, my apologies for that, I hope to post soon. On the other hand, I deeply wish that your nation is more recovered from the damages caused by the typhoon. Likewise have a happy weekend!

Oh, thank you so much as well my dear @xandra79 for sticking around. With your valuable expertise as a Civil Engineer, our beloved community will surely benefit from your technical contributions to architecture and design. And with regards to the recovery efforts of my homeland during last year's devastating typhoon, we're happy to say that we're finally standing up progressively on our feet - thanks to all the fervent prayers plus the kind support we can get. Take care always. See you soon! 😊

I am very grateful for your motivating words and I am very happy that your region has moved forward. Willpower and helping hands are fundamental. Take care of yourself. See you! 🙃

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What a great post @storiesoferne
To see a replica build in Washington DC. Very fascinating. It has so much details and architectural features.
Yes, they are must visits when in the area. I always try to explore stunning masterpieces while traveling around the world.
I haven’t been to the northern areas of the USA but hopefully this year, neither I have been to countries like Israel.
I am not religious, but do appreciate the history and buildings build for it around the world.

Hello dear @littlebee4. Again, my sincere congratulations on your gorgeous wedding! I truly appreciate your admirable descriptions of the Franciscan Monastery of The Holy Land. Despite being a remarkable replica, the shrine succeeded in its spiritual mission - to bring us closer to our Divine Creator. That's understandable. I fully respect your non-religious inclination to the built environment, as everyone has their own belief systems and personal principles.

On the other hand, your authentic fascination and tremendous interest in architectural masterpieces around the world are what drive the Architecture+Design Community on the Hive forward. Having said that, will you be publishing your next awesome content about architecture and design soon? We're definitely excited! 😊

Hello dear @storiesoferne,
Thank you so much 😊 for your well wishes here. (Again 😉 really appreciate it)

That’s nice to hear that it brought us closer together to your divine creator.
Thank you so much.
I do understand it and I like that the community is doing just that.

I had some busy last weeks as you can imagine.
But we did visit also some remarkable places, buildings and other architectural objects like bridges… lately that will be great new posts in this community.
So I hope to write very soon about it and post here in this community, probably this weekend. I have not forgotten about it. Especially as it is one of my passions.
I studied engineering and was an architect / draftswoman myself 😉 many moons ago…

I did post yesterday a walk through an medieval city in Malta, but I can’t cross post it.
But I have many other adventures and ideas… that can be posted here directly. I am excited to be here too and on hive. Still learning so much since I joined last December. 😁

Have a wonderful evening/ day ☀️

With great pleasure always dear @littlebee4. I wasn't aware that you had a previous background in architecture, drafting, and engineering. If this is the case, I'd be confident now to warmly receive you again in our beloved community by saying "Welcome Home"! 😍

Your interesting encounters with the various built environments during your personal travels are amazing treats for our vibrant tribe. To guide you further, feel free to review our Community Content Criteria on the different topics you can publish here. See you soon. Have fun! 😊

Thank you so much @storiesoferne for the warm welcome /best wishes.
I am happy that this community exist here in Hive as I do want to draw some technical drawings again and put my ideas on paper. Include my travels and the architectural finds next to it, also my furniture builds etc. lots of possibilities.
We do have a big move planned this year if all goes well. We want to buy eventually a house where we will renovate ourselves lots of it… so more projects will follow.

I will have a read through the community criteria to familiarise myself with it. Thank you for the link to it.
We will talk soon again! It always will be fun 😁
Have a great day and weekend ☀️

This is truly heartwarming news dear @littlebee4. And I'm super thrilled to eventually experience the architectural encounters, travels, drawings, concepts, furniture, and other possible projects you have in store for all architecture and design enthusiasts on the Hive blockchain. Your first 2 posts on furniture design were simply a delicious appetizer of more incredible publications that are next in line. Moreover, your technical know-how and professional ideas surely mean a lot to the continuous growth of our beloved community. Rest assured, all your plans of moving, buying a house, and renovating your property will come to fruition. Let's claim that now! 🙏

Of course, I can't wait to speak with you again soon. Until then, have a fantastic weekend. Take care and enjoy! 😊

Thank you so much @storiesoferne 😊
Your nice words just made my day!
One step at a time and it will all be good…

Have a fantastic weekend too, take care and enjoy ☀️👋🏻

Thank you so much for the badge @storiesoferne 🥳😊
Just saw it in peakd
Much appreciated!

With utmost pleasure @littlebee4, you truly deserve it. More power! 😊

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Creator your own community and allowing plagiarism (including in your own posts) does not give license to abuse the Hive ecosystem with plagiarism-fraud.

Your explanation about "descriptions, elements, and supporting details" makes no sense. Just because the information is related to "descriptions, elements, and supporting details" does not mean that it gives you a right to copy someone else's writing about these things, or to keep refusing to cite the source from where you copied it.

Okay understood. I will cite all the sources and references in my future publications. Again, I have no intention of plagiarizing content but if you say I've committed this offense, my sincere apologies for this honest mistake.

Thank you so much dear @soulsdetour. I was actually skeptical the first time I heard about an American replica of the Holy Land. So I had to see the landmark in person to believe it! Again, I'm not saying this due to lack of faith or an unstable religious foundation, but fundamentally from an architectural point of view. You see, my memorable experiences at this sacred sanctuary could not be explained by mere words - despite having tried my best to narrate them in this post. Besides the sensual, mental, and emotional impressions of this location's architecture, apparently, there was a spiritual connection at work! And that was simply what I was looking forward to for pilgrimage sites such as this one.

I agree. Indeed, our dear friend @juancar347 is a master storyteller of history, culture, and most importantly, architecture. Being an architectural explorer and researcher himself, his interesting adventures and personal experiences are a tremendous inspiration for all. It's a great honor to have him with us.

On the other hand, you're doing pretty well here too! And I truly admire the way you express yourself in written content - they're highly stimulating, positively provocative, encouraging readers to think outside the box and be more constructively critical in their approach. Do you have other brilliant ideas about how our community members can improve their engagement with each other? Perhaps @juancar347 can also offer his valuable advice here. 😊

First of all, dear friends, @soulsdetour and @storiesoferne, I would like to thank you for the generosity with which you treat me, undeserved, on the other hand, because I only try to contribute my vision of things, which may or may not be understood or shared or not shared. I have nothing against replicas, but I will say something that I think is important and has a lot to do with it: in the past, temples were not built anywhere, but in very specific places and that they had important antecedents, both as a replacement for a place of ancient cult, as of harnessing, let us say, telluric energies (in the Romanesque, our friends the little mermaids, apart from exoterically representing passionate sin, had, according to many authors (an idea I share), the purpose of 'signaling' the currents telluric, which generally coincided with the most important place in the temple: the apse and hence the number of its queues) that 'charged' the place with energies, generally positive, that people really felt. In my comment to the excellent work, both descriptive and photographic, of our friend Erne, I was tempted by the detail of Franciscan architecture, due to its relationship with Templar architecture (a topic that obviously interests me a lot) and I let myself be carried away by my particular enthusiasm and for my experiences with Franciscan architecture, especially in Galicia, where there are very good examples, both in Betanzos (A Coruña) and in the capital Lugo itself, where both were. Besides, I confirm my desire to one day see the Al Aksá mosque, the Dome of the Rock, since it was not only the Mother House of the Temple, as I said in my comment, but its model was also imported to Spain and can be found in numerous and curious temples, some of which I think you know from having done the Camino de Santiago, such as Santa María de Eunate or San Miguel de Olcoz. An affectionate greeting to both of you.

Thank you very much for your words of wisdom dear friend @juancar347. More power! 😊

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In no way has it bothered me that you tag me. On the contrary, I believe that the contributions and impressions of all are important and enriching, since I always start from the basis that we all learn from each other. An affectionate greeting and a good weekend.

So grateful to you dear @soulsdetour for sharing your personal opinion. I'm surely moved by your humility, plus your ardent desire to accumulate more knowledge derived from the wealth of learning experiences of the authors and members of our beloved community. Please continue doing what you love - immersing yourself in the various stories about architecture and design from around the world. I'm truly glad we have encouraged you to be more open as a person, being more active in our special channel by interacting, commenting, and showing interest in our advocacies. Stay awesome, as always! 😊