The Cave in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer, was born. The baby Jesus is in the crib. Mary and Joseph are beside him. Hayley & Lucy also enjoyed this exhibit. I don't know what they saw, but I think they must have smelled critters in the exhibit. It was kind of dark and musty in there - a great place for critters to call home.
Brother Joseph gathered the ideas for his work from extensive readings of history and the Bible -- and from his wonderful imagination. Of all the factual replicas constructed, he had seen only about six: those in his home town of Landshut, Bavaria, and those at St. Bernard Abbey.
|Tower of Thanks|
|Shine of St. Peter|
Montserrat Abbey is a famous Benedictine Abbey located about 30 miles northwest of Barcelona, Spain. Montserrat consists of jagged pinnacles and spires rising from the base of the mass, which is cloven by ravines, and abounds with precipices. The mountain is named in allusion to its jagged appearance. Spanish legend holds that this occurred at the time of the Crucifixion, when the rocks were rent. The monastery stands 2,910 feet high on the edge of Valle Malo. It owes its existence to an image of the Virgin, said to have been carved by St. Luke and brought to Barcelona by St. Peter in 30 A.D.
When the Moors invaded the province in 717 the image was hidden in a cave at Montserrat. In 880 Gondemar, bishop of Vich, was attracted to the cave by sweet sounds and smells, he found the image and was in the process of taking it to Manresa, however, at a certain spot the image would go no further. It was deposited there and a chapel erected around it. The church is visited annually by more than 60,000 pilgrims. The Benedictines who dwell at the Monastery of Montserrat conduct a famous choir school for young men and are guardians of the Catalonian culture.
|St. Martin's Church|
|Statute of Liberty|
|Temple of the Fairies|
|Hansel & Gretel visit the Castle of the Fairies|
|The Mysterious Tower|
The mysterious tower located in Newport, Rhode Island has baffled history scholars for years. It is believed to be the remains of a church built by Irish missionaries around the year 1200. The tower was probably the center of a church patterned after that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
|Rock of Ages|
|Fortress of Antonio|
|Shrine of St. Therese|
|Ave Maria Grotto|
The Ave Maria Grotto stands 27 feet high, 27 feet wide, and 27 feet deep. The structure was built with bits of crushed glass, stone and cement. There stalactites which hang from the ceiling. Standing with the Child Jesus in her arms, The Virgin Mary is known in this image as Our Lady of Prompt Succor, or Our Lady of Quick Aid.
|Grave of Lazurus|
|Shine where St. John was baptized|
|Shrine of St. Joseph|
|Hanging Gardens of Babylon|
|Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|Agony in the Garden|
In the small cave is a statue of Christ suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he died. "And his sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground." Luke 22:44