An old house in the ancient town of Rabat. Above the red doorway, an artist’s rendition of the apostle Paul, the paint flaking, the stonework crumbling.
I have talked about this area in Rabat, known as Hal-Bajjada here. The apostle Paul was shipwrecked in Malta on his way to Rome. This episode is recorded in Acts 27 and 28. A strong local tradition suggests that Paul lived in a cave underneath what is now the parish church of Rabat. The town has a strong Pauline tradition and statues like the one above are quite a common adornment on the facades of older houses. I thought that the saint’s red mantle would make a good contribution for this week’s Ruby Tuesday.
More Ruby Tuesday entries here
Wonderful door photo.ReplyDelete
I absolutely loved this post, Loree. One of my goals in life is to see a piece of architecture that is over one thousand years old with my own eyes (not in a photo.)ReplyDelete
I love crumbling, peeling, deteriorating facades. I am so glad I am following this blog for these glimpses I would otherwise never have.
The paint flaking...the stonework crumbling...but the saint standing stalwart!ReplyDelete
RED OR YELLOW?
If you have a penchant for red,
Then scarlet will go to your head;
But if it is gold
You’d rather behold,
Then plant yellow roses instead.
© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Beautiful images, as always. Thank you for providing the reference links - very interesting!ReplyDelete
Such history! It is interesting to see bits of the place Paul was shipwrecked. The previous post is fascinating!ReplyDelete
Beautiful red for Ruby Tuesday!ReplyDelete
Oh I love this. The saint is so colourful. Just super.ReplyDelete
Over here, he'd have been stolen a long time ago.
I love the red door.ReplyDelete
Such a wonderful RT capture, full of character and history :).ReplyDelete
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He has a rather funny face ! Very original picture !ReplyDelete
Although St. Paul could do with a bit of restoration, it is wonderful to see the representation enduring in Malta. Love the red door, too!ReplyDelete
I do not think that I appreciated the brief several hundred years of our country's history while I was studying it in school. The Malta history is lengthy and rich and ancient. I wonder if the students complain that there is too much to study.
Thank you as always for sharing this with us... history with photos!
i love places full of history. man! i want to visit!ReplyDelete
p.s. have you seen more spaniards than usual? it seems all of sara´s friends have gone there for summer vacation.
Bonjour mon ami! Thank you for the history lesson.. as always, beautiful photos.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a lovely weekend! xoxo, B
Hi Dear LoreeReplyDelete
How wonderful to be surrounded by all this beauty and history... The use of colour is interesting and reminds me of mexican religious art... fascinating..
Hope you have a lovely weekend. ciao xxx Julie
love the way you weave the rich history of your island into your posts!ReplyDelete
p.s. keep cool - do you have summer thunderstorms there to cool things down?
I love the Saint Paul statue, I hope in time someone is going to restore it to its former glory, it should never go to waste!.ReplyDelete