~~September 26, 2014~~
THE RED DOOR
Following the city’s fortified wall, El Paseo de la Princesa ends in La Puerta de San Juan.
Between 1634 and 1638, the city of San Juan was turned into an impregnable fortress with the building of its walls. Three of the wall’s five doors led into the city, two of them overlooking the ocean – San Justo y Pastor and San Juan. These massive doors were closed at night to protect the city and its residents from attacks by land or sea.
Out of the three, the only one that stands to this day is La Puerta de San Juan, once used by governors and religious authorities. Its structure houses a chapel, now closed off, that allowed for the celebration of mass even during times of attack. The scripture on top is taken from the Benedictus, a hymn found in the Gospel of Luke from the New Testament.
It reads in Latin “Benedictus qui venit in nomine domini” or “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”.
(I could not just post the IOTD … I had to explain. This tugs at my heart. This is part of the history of my country, where I grew up.)
A dear blogger friend taught me about this concept.
You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/
“IOTD is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”