Saturday 6 April 2013

St Peter in Gallicantu

Edoardo was going for a walk, so I joined him to St Peter in Gallicantu, which I had visited for the very first time on Good Friday. A truly beautiful church, I like it very much. It is supposed to be built on the site of an ancient Byzantine basilica, which itself was supposed to have been built on the house of Annas or was it Caiaphas. At any rate, there is a very beautiful upper church, then a lower church, and then, below that, caves that were very probably used as dungeons, and where it is likely that Jesus was held on the night of his arrest.

Outside is a flight of Roman steps going down into the old City of David, to the Pool of Siloam - at the time of Jesus, all these were enclosed within the city walls. So Jesus, after his arrest in Gethsemane, must have been led along the Kidron valley and into the gate near the Pool of Siloam, and up this very flight of steps to the house of the high priest. Vernet says that these might be the only site in all of the Holy Land on which we can say with some certainty that Jesus walked. I have to return there at a better hour. The hot afternoon sun was not quite conducive to meditation. And then, next to the lower church, the courtyard where Peter is said to have betrayed Jesus...

The church is managed by the Assumptionist Fathers. There is also a convent of sisters that look after the church, I believe. Very French, very elegant, very beautiful - the church, I mean. Impressive. Perhaps one of the best, if not the best, church in the Holy Land. 

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