I wanted to finish sharing my photos from the Duomo (Milan Cathedral). These shots are taken of the back and some from the sides.
This shot captures the lift that is used by construction crew to get to the top of the Duomo where restoration work is being done.
There are 2245 statues on the exterior of the Duomo, 96 gargoyles, and 135 Spires.
This is the one figure that I recognized on the outside of the Duomo. Have you read the account of David and Goliath from the Bible? Here are excerpts from 1 Samuel 17…
4 The Philistine army had a hero named Goliath who was from the town of Gath and was over nine feet tall. 5-6 He wore a bronze helmet and had bronze armor to protect his chest and legs. The chest armor alone weighed about one hundred twenty-five pounds. He carried a bronze sword strapped on his back, 7 and his spear was so big that the iron spearhead alone weighed more than fifteen pounds. A soldier always walked in front of Goliath to carry his shield.
8 Goliath went out and shouted to the army of Israel:
Why are you lining up for battle? I’m the best soldier in our army, and all of you are in Saul’s army. Choose your best soldier to come out and fight me! 9 If he can kill me, our people will be your slaves. But if I kill him, your people will be our slaves. 10 Here and now I challenge Israel’s whole army! Choose someone to fight me!…
…11 Saul and his men heard what Goliath said, but they were so frightened of Goliath that they couldn’t do a thing…
…16 Goliath came out and gave his challenge every morning and every evening for forty days…
…26 David asked some soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and stopping him from insulting our people? Who does that worthless Philistine think he is? He’s making fun of the army of the living God!”…
…31 Some soldiers overheard David talking, so they told Saul what David had said. Saul sent for David, and David came. 32 “Your Majesty,” he said, “this Philistine shouldn’t turn us into cowards. I’ll go out and fight him myself!”
33 “You don’t have a chance against him,” Saul replied. “You’re only a boy, and he’s been a soldier all his life.”
34 But David told him:
Your Majesty, I take care of my father’s sheep. And when one of them is dragged off by a lion or a bear, 35 I go after it and beat the wild animal until it lets the sheep go. If the wild animal turns and attacks me, I grab it by the throat and kill it.
36 Sir, I have killed lions and bears that way, and I can kill this worthless Philistine. He shouldn’t have made fun of the army of the living God! 37 The Lord has rescued me from the claws of lions and bears, and he will keep me safe from the hands of this Philistine.
“All right,” Saul answered, “go ahead and fight him. And I hope the Lord will help you.”…
…David took off the armor 40 and picked up his shepherd’s stick. He went out to a stream and picked up five smooth rocks and put them in his leather bag. Then with his sling in his hand, he went straight toward Goliath.
41 Goliath came toward David, walking behind the soldier who was carrying his shield. 42 When Goliath saw that David was just a healthy, good-looking boy, he made fun of him. 43 “Do you think I’m a dog?” Goliath asked. “Is that why you’ve come after me with a stick?” He cursed David in the name of the Philistine gods 44 and shouted, “Come on! When I’m finished with you, I’ll feed you to the birds and wild animals!”
45 David answered:
You’ve come out to fight me with a sword and a spear and a dagger. But I’ve come out to fight you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful. He is the God of Israel’s army, and you have insulted him too!
46 Today the Lord will help me defeat you. I’ll knock you down and cut off your head, and I’ll feed the bodies of the other Philistine soldiers to the birds and wild animals. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a real God. 47 Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you.
48 When Goliath started forward, David ran toward him. 49 He put a rock in his sling and swung the sling around by its straps. When he let go of one strap, the rock flew out and hit Goliath on the forehead. It cracked his skull, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 David defeated Goliath with a sling and a rock. He killed him without even using a sword.
51 David ran over and pulled out Goliath’s sword. Then he used it to cut off Goliath’s head.
Hope you made it through my longer than usual post. There’s more and you can read the whole account in the Old Testament in the book of First Samuel. Reading this again makes me want to sing “Only a Boy Named David”. Did you ever sing that song?
Tuesday got away from me. Now I’m doing some scrambling today to get reconnected to my brain. Our glorious sunshine from the weekend is hiding away for now and hopefully will return soon. What are you enjoying this week?
13 thoughts on “The Other Side…”
Amazing architecture! The story of David and Goliath…one well remembered from Sunday School days….and yes I remember that song.
This week is a work week….I had the 4 sunny days off over the weekend…no complaints here:) Have a good one!
Magnificent does not begin to describe this strucuture and its embellishments…fabulous trip!
If I could be as bold and brave and confident in God’s provision as David! Amazing cathedral! All the kids will be descending this weekend for our Little L’s first bday. So, I’m getting ready for a full house…a lots of fun!!
I could seriously enjoy a coffee table book of this cathedral. We are warming towards the 70’s the end of this week. I’m so ready for warmth. The tomb is empty, God through us is mighty! We are all David’s thanks to our God!
I am loving these photos–the warm stone and blue sky plus the incredible architecture and sculpture!
This truly a beautiful and historical cathedral! i love all your photos of it.
Wow! You sure got to see some amazing sights..
What an amazing place!!! Love the David and Goliath carving – such an amazing story too!
The photos are simply powerful. It’s amazing the effort, the design and the time that go into such a magnificent building. WOW – that David and Goliath rendering is very impressive.
I am enjoying the sun this week.
How did they have so much wisdom in making this kind of architecture. We think we have the edge on technology, but they sure knew how to construct with history and legacies that last a life time.
Ellen, what wonderful photos of gorgeous archetecture. I cannot even imagine the work that went into building this amazing structure. And yes, I’m always amazed by the incredible faith in God and the God-given courage of David. What an inspirational post. Thank you so much for your prayers for our little Cooper. laurie
The detail is somethig to behold! Thanks for bringing it to us to see.
Impressive photos and architecture. I love the story of David and Goliath. It always encourages me when I face ‘giants.’ Thanks for stopping by my blog. The answer is yes and no! Early tulips are out…but the grand party will be in w more days. I’m on Spring break so took a chance and went yesterday. Roozengard farm